The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed updates to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System — a portion of the Clean Water Act that protects our rivers and streams from coal mines, coal-fired power plants and other polluting industries.
Permits issued under this system control the type and amount of pollution, including common coal pollutants like heavy metals and sediment, that industries are allowed to discharge into waterways.
Let the EPA know that you support changes that better protect our waterways from dangerous mining pollutants.
The updates provide many opportunities to ensure safe, clean public water. Under the proposed changes, expired permits will be updated in a more timely manner, better monitoring data will be collected and citizens will be better able to review permit applications and data.
The public comment period ends next Tuesday, August 2. Please share your comments with EPA now to protect clean water from coal pollution.