Protect our community from coal ash

The Asheville coal plant is the largest coal-burning power plant in Western North Carolina. Ten percent of the coal burned there becomes the toxic waste referred to as “coal ash.” One of the wonderful things about living in Asheville is our ability to enjoy our magnificent natural surroundings, such as the beautiful rivers. I know that I personally love rafting and tubing on the French Broad River.

However, coal ash at the Asheville plant is polluting our French Broad, which not only threatens river recreation, but also threatens public health. Unless stronger regulations are put into place, this dangerous coal waste, which can contribute to birth defects, cancer and organ damage, will continue to harm our community.

We can’t let coal ash pollute our waterways and leach into our groundwater. I urge Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect us from coal ash and oppose any legislation that would undermine those efforts — and the health of our community.

Please support me in this cause by contacting our senators at their Asheville offices: Burr: 257-6510, and Hagan: 350-2437.

— Jannette Morris

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