Mobile Bay Sierra Club - Coal Ash in Coastal Alabama
Coal Ash in Coastal Alabama presented by Casi Callaway, Executive Director & Baykeeper of Mobile Baykeeper.
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) recently held a public hearing in Montgomery on its draft coal ash storage and disposal rules. Southern Environmental Law Center, Alabama Rivers Alliance, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Coosa Riverkeeper, Mobile Baykeeper, Sierra Club and other conservation groups argued that ADEM’s rules are less stringent than federal regulations and inadequate to protect the state’s water from coal ash contamination.
Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains after coal is burned. It contains high levels of arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxins. U.S. coal-fired plants produce around 100 million tons of coal ash every year. Plant Barry, located in Bucks, Alabama has more than 16 million tons of coal ash in an earthen pond adjacent to the Mobile River.
Director Casi Callaway will share how Mobile Baykeeper is working to make sure that the most protective closure plan is chosen for coal ash stored at Alabama Power's Plant Barry. She will review the results of much research and talk about the serious impacts and ongoing threat to the the Mobile River and Mobile-Tensaw Delta, if this massive coal ash pond is left in place.