In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught on fire. The water, so full of industrial chemicals, was quite literally ablaze. The spectacle triggered public outrage and inspired a citizen movement in America to fight the unregulated dumping of waste into our rivers and streams.
Thanks to those citizens in 1972, a Democratic Congress and a Republican President enacted the Clean Water Act. Forty years later, it remains one of the nation’s most effective laws.
Too effective, in the eyes of some corporate interests and their anti-environmental allies on Capitol Hill. Led mostly by the coal industry, they are waging a “war on water” in an attempt to strip environmental and health protections out of the nation’s water laws.
Appalachian Voices is committed to safeguarding Appalachia’s streams, rivers and lakes, and the groundwater on which so many of us depend for drinking water. We created the Red, White & Water campaign to defend the Clean Water Act. Like the citizen movement 40 years ago, the Red, White & Water campaign is a growing movement to stand up for our right to clean water.
Join today by signing the Red, White & Water pledge!
Clamping Down on Coal Ash
The Southeast has nearly 450 coal ash dumps, the highest concentration of any region in the U.S. Coal ash is the waste from burning coal at power plants, and it contains a host of chemicals that can be toxic to humans and wildlife, including arsenic, mercury and lead. Despite the massive amount of coal ash produced in the U.S. and the threat to public health and the environment, there are virtually no rules or regulations for managing this waste. Learn more >>
Coal Plant Wastewater
Wastewater from coal power plants containing coal ash and other contaminants is the leading source of toxic water pollution in the U.S. Yet, the federal rule for regulating this waste has not been updated in more than 30 years. As a result, a majority of coal plants have no limits on discharging toxics like arsenic, lead and mercury into America’s waters. Learn more >>