We’re coming up on the most dreaded time of the school year for kids – report card time! The Sierra Club decided to get a head start (we’re clearly angling for that ‘A’), and we’ve released our own report card! Our Water Report Cards don’t test math skills, though, they reflect the clean water voting record for the U.S. House of Representatives. These were released before floor vote on a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting communities from toxic coal ash. Coal ash is a dangerous solid waste by-product of burning coal, containing mercury, arsenic, hexavalent chromium and lead. There are more than 130 cases of coal ash contaminating communities across the country.
“Coal ash is toxic and harms public health,” said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. “Unbelievably, toxic coal ash currently has no federal safeguards, but the health and environmental risks from coal ash dumping include cancer, neurological disorders, birth defects, reproductive failure, asthma and other serious illnesses.
So how did your Representative do? Find out who is wrecking the curve and who is headed back to summer school on our state Water Report Card! You can also read detailed information about the votes used in the Report Cards on our web page!