Coal Ash

Across Alabama, millions of tons of toxic coal ash are stored in unlined pits next to our waterways, where they are vulnerable to catastrophic spills. Despite confirmation that these pits are polluting our groundwater at every single site, Alabama utilities plan to leave the coal ash in place forever.

Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains after coal is burned. It contains high concentrations of heavy metals, including mercury, arsenic, chromium, lead, radium and other pollutants which are hazardous to human health, wildlife, and our waterways. In humans, these contaminants can cause developmental defects, cancer, and a range of other illnesses.