Closing the Floodgates: How the coal industry is poisoning our water and how we can stop it
Sierra Club, WaterKeeper Alliance, EarthJustice, Clean Water Action 2013
Coal power plants are the largest source of toxic water pollution in the United States, dumping billions of pounds of pollution in rivers, lakes and streams each year. Existing national standards meant to control coal power plant water pollution are outdated and fail to set limits on any dangerous pollutants. This report offers a review of 386 coal power plants and their waste water permits from around the United States, demonstrating that the Clean Water Act has largely been ignored by power companies and permitting agencies.