Coal ash contains known carcinogens such as arsenic, lead and mercury. This is why the EPA is now regulating coal ash. As power companies shut down or upgrade their facilities, the need to permanently dispose of this hazardous byproduct is growing. So far, these companies have dumped millions of tons of coal ash into unlined landfills across America -- putting our water supply at risk.
As a registered Republican who voted for McCrory in 2012, Deb thought her governor would be willing to help clean up the coal ash pollution she believes contributed to her husband's early death. But after her repeated attempts to contact the governor's office were ignored, Deb is starting to regret helping McCrory become governor.
This week, I want to honor some of the most hard-working activists on our Beyond Coal campaign -- Team Asheville in North Carolina. After years of rallies, public meetings, educational forums, leadership from the Asheville City council, letter-writing and even a visit from the TV star Ian Somerhalder on Tuesday, all that hard work paid off.