|Clean Water Action's Angelique Giraud with Governor Rick Scott at Everglades Coalition Meeting.|
Florida’s public health and water resources are in jeopardy. Clean Water Action is calling on Governor Rick Scott to veto dangerous legislation that could expose our communities to toxic coal ash, the waste from coal-fired power plants. Here is a link to tell Governor Scott to be a leader and protect public health and our water supply and veto SB 682 NOW! You can also call him at (850) 488-7146.
The Florida Legislature passed a bill that puts our communities at heightened risk of exposure to toxic coal ash. Governor Scott should veto SB 682 to protect the health of our communities, our water supply, and our environment.
Coal ash is the waste byproduct generated by coal-fired power plants. Emission controls are used to capture and trap heavy metals, radioactive particles, and other toxic compounds to keep them out of the air we breathe. Coal ash is the toxic remainder collected by these devices and contains toxic substances that are known to cause cancer and neurologic damage.
SB 682 threatens Florida's public health and water resources!
• SB 682 defines several ways to reuse toxic coal ash as filler in products like road pavement, agricultural soil, and roofing materials, significantly increasing human and environmental exposure. These uses have not yet been tested for safety with federally approved protocols.Thank you, Angelique Giraud - Clean Water Action - Energy Community Organizer
• SB 682 allows coal ash to be used without any reporting to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) so the public won't know when, where, or how much coal ash is being used.
• SB 682 does not require modern testing for the safety of coal ash on human health or the environment.