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Protect Our Drinking Water from Toxic Coal Ash Pollution!

Background

Coal ash is contaminating our drinking water supplies and endangering Hoosiers’ health.   With more coal ash sludge lagoons – 84 – than any other state, Indiana should be acting to ensure safe disposal of this dangerous waste, but our coal ash disposal standards are weaker than those for household trash. HEC is urging that the U.S. EPA adopt enforceable national standards for coal ash disposal.

     -- In the last decade, a coal ash lagoon owned by Indianapolis Power and Light failed twice, releasing a total of 60 million gallons of coal ash sludge, contaminating the White River in the Martinsville area. 

·    --Ten Indiana coal ash sludge lagoons have contaminated groundwater.

·    --Five Indiana coal ash lagoons inspected by the U.S. EPA have been rated with a “high hazard” potential, meaning a failure could endanger human life.

·    --Residents in East Mt. Carmel had to have their drinking water replaced after boron, leached from a Duke Energy-owned coal ash lagoon at the Gibson power plant, contaminated their water wells.

·    -- In the Town of Pines, Northwest Indiana-based utility NIPSCO was allowed to dump more than 100 million tons of coal ash into an unlined landfill, and dispose of more coal ash by using it as road fill and a soil leveler throughout the town. As a result, a toxic plume of heavy metals made its way into residents’ drinking water wells. The Town of Pines has since been declared a Superfund site, and local residents are still waiting for remediation to eliminate this health and environmental hazard.

      Learn more about Indiana’s coal ash problem in HEC’s new report, Our Waters at Risk.

Public Comments

Public Comments
1 day ago
Natalie B. from Fort Wayne, IN signed.
4 days ago
Mary P. from Kennard, IN writes:
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Please clean up the coal ash that is threatening our water ways.
5 days ago
Someone from West Lafayette, IN signed.
1 week ago
Marian H. from Roachdale, IN writes:
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As a Health Educator, Earth and Animal Advocate, I know Hoosier waters are severely contaminated not only by Coal ash but the relentless expansion of Agriculture and construction of Confined Feeding Operations. We must all work together in all arenas.
1 week ago
Jennifer S. from Bloomington, IN signed.
November 23, 2016
Adrienne T. from Indianapolis, IN signed.
November 12, 2016
Jennifer J. from Zionsville, IN signed.
November 11, 2016
Alex F. from Indianapolis, IN signed.
1 month ago
Hayden P. from Princeton, IN signed.
3 months ago
Melinda G. from Bloomington, IN writes:
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I have done work with RCRA in the past, and I am baffled as to why coal ash regulations are the way they are. Keep fighting for more stringent regulations!