One of the biggest dangers to our clean water is coal pollution, including contamination of our groundwater by coal ash, the waste from burning coal for electricity.
In Asheville, for example, Progress Energy’s power plant scrubbers have greatly improved the emissions that leave its stacks – but their toxic ash still has to go somewhere. And that somewhere is the coal ash ponds that are leaching toxic metals into the groundwater, discharging wastewater directly into the French Broad River and blowing coal dust onto area homes, yards and gardens.
The Western North Carolina Alliance and its partners are organizing several events to engage the community on the issues related to coal ash pollution. The first will be a community meeting at Green Drinks on Wednesday, February 15. These organizations need your help to send a strong message to state and federal agencies, asking them to take action to protect our water from toxic coal ash.
Please RSVP for the community meeting at Green Drinks this week.
Here’s how you can get involved through the Western North Carolina Alliance and Appalachian Voices:
Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. – Asheville Green Drinks at Posana Café:
Learn what you can do to help stop toxic coal ash from polluting the groundwater and French Broad River around Progress Energy’s Asheville power plant. Short presentations from the French Broad Riverkeeper and Appalachian Voices will be followed by several ways you can get involved to force a cleanup of this toxic stew. Please RSVP here.
March 22 – World Water Day Rally:
We’ll gather in Asheville to show solidarity and demand action to clean up toxic coal ash in our community. Details on time and place will follow, but please save the date.
Sign a Petition:
Thank you for helping to make sure clean water stays a priority for North Carolina and the nation and we hope to see you at Green Drinks on Wednesday!
Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM
Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801Read the full article