Sarbanes Applauds Biden Administration Action to Protect Communities from Coal Ash Pollution

January 11, 2022
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today applauded the Biden Administration’s announcement that it is cracking down on the improper disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR or coal ash), which have posed dangerous threats to public health, waterways and the environment for decades.

“Today, the Biden Administration is stepping in to protect communities whose lives and well-being have long been a last priority for coal companies. Maryland has seen firsthand the health and environmental hazards of coal ash pollution, especially in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. I am pleased the Biden Administration’s announcement today brings necessary accountability and oversight,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The Biden Administration is demonstrating the President’s commitment to building back better in an equitable way. I will continue my work in Congress to lift up communities facing environmental injustices.”

In his work to advance environmental justice initiatives, Congressman Sarbanes has focused on the disproportionate harm that industrial pollution, such as coal ash, causes in underserved communities across the country. He has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen federal regulations and protect public health and the environment from toxic waste.

The EPA’s announcements today take steps to hold facilities accountable for their unsafe disposal of coal ash and call on them to clean up contamination.