What You Need to Know About the EPA Coal-Ash Virtual Public Hearing on Sept. 27

This Wednesday, Sept. 27, the EPA will hold a virtual public hearing on the agency’s proposed denial of ADEM’s permitting program for coal-ash storage in the state of Alabama. The hearing will run from 8AM-5PM CDT. Last month, the EPA proposed denying Alabama’s unsafe coal-ash program for issuing permits, like the one at Plant Barry, because ADEM has failed to meet federal safety standards.

You can sign up to speak at the virtual hearing hereYou can also submit written comments to the EPA on coal ash until Oct. 13 at this link. Please do this if you have not already. 

Below you can find a brief video recap of the in-person public hearing in Montgomery on Sept. 20.

If the EPA’s proposed denial of Alabama's coal-ash permitting program becomes final, our communities will continue to have the protections of the federal coal-ash rule and ADEM will lack authority to deny us those protections. The national standards will be able to be enforced in Alabama without ADEM standing in the way. 

This is a chance to strike a blow against coal-ash pollution in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Let’s seize it together for the good of all Alabamians, today and tomorrow.

— The Mobile Baykeeper Team

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