With more than one hundred of the country's top environmental lawyers on staff, Earthjustice is uniquely prepared to defend against attacks on our environment and our health where it counts most: in court. We are the legal backbone for thousands of public-interest organizations, large and small.
It's no secret that coal is our dirtiest energy source. However, what many people don't know is that as coal burns, many of its most toxic elements, including heavy metals like arsenic, mercury and chromium, are concentrated in the ash that remains and the sludge that's scrubbed from smokestacks. This by-product is called coal ash. It's the second largest industrial waste stream in United States and is essentially unregulated.