Carolina Coal Ash Liability- Tell South Carolina to Protect Drinking Water!

Dan River coal ash | © Eric Chance, Appalachian Voices

South Carolina citizens, tell your State Senator to oppose H.3925!| © Eric Chance, Appalachian Voices

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You’d hope that South Carolina would learn from the tragedy and trauma poorly managed coal ash ponds have caused its neighbors in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Unfortunately, under pressure from the state’s most powerful corporate lobbying interest the South Carolina House passed a bill that would protect Duke Energy from cleaning up coal ash pollution under state law. The bill would stifle private citizens from protecting their own property by filling law suits when the state has not done its job to address past, unpermitted pollution.

The coal ash spill on the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia is still unfolding and the true impact will take years to be fully realized. But more than 30,000 tons of toxic coal ash now coats the river for dozens of miles. The communities in that area have been investing in the Dan River and looking to it as an agricultural and recreational economic driver, that future is now in question.

South Carolina had been on the right path to reducing the threat of this toxic legacy. After citizen suits were filed against both Santee Cooper and SCE&G to eliminate this source of pollution both companies settled the suit realizing that they needed to move the coal ash away from both the Catawba-Wateree and Waccamaw rivers to protect those drinking water sources. Last year, American Rivers listed the Catawba-Wateree River as one of the Most Endangered Rivers® due to Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds and to shine a spot light on the issue facing rivers across the Carolinas.

South Carolina now has a choice protect its citizens or protect polluters? Let your State Senator know that you want the drinking water and the rivers of South Carolina protected from this toxic legacy!