WEBINAR TODAY: Coal Ash–The Totally Unregulated Toxin

0 10/12/2010 // By Megan Blevins

Not sure what coal ash even is? Not to worry, I was right there with you a few years ago.  My solution? Google.  Fly ash (ash obtained from the chimneys of coal-fired power plants) combined with bottom ash (ash that doesn’t rise) is known as coal ash.

Coal ash is an abundant and dangerous by-product of burning coal for energy, and has disastrous effects on human health and wildlife in communities across the U.S. Yet despite being toxic, this substance is completely unregulated!

How does coal ash affect you and our wildlife?

According to Defenders of Wildlife writer John Motsinger, toxic pollutants in coal waste affect the entire web of life in an ecosystem as they accumulate up the food chain. Trace amounts are taken up by plants and insects from the water, fish eat the insects and vegetation, and finally larger animals feed off those fish. These large predators—whether osprey, foxes or even humans—can consume concentrated doses of these toxins by eating contaminated fish, frogs or other species.

Accumulated toxins like selenium have been shown to cause deformities, reproductive failure and even death in many aquatic species.

Feeling the blood boil in your veins? Let’s get more than angry–let’s get active!

Come join us this afternoon at 5 p.m. EST to learn more about this threatening issue and how you and your communities can help make sure that it is finally regulated.

During a one hour webinar, you will hear from several people, who have directly witnessed the impacts of this environmental hazard on our communities and natural resources, including:

Alexis Bonogofsky – National Wildlife Federation, Tribal Lands Program

Elouise Brown – DooDa Desert Rock, New Mexico

Clint McRae – Rancher, Colstrip, Montana

Brad Sauer – Montana

How to Tune in to Today’s Webinar:

  1. Pick up your phone and <strong>dial 1-800-944-8766, extension 84893.</strong>
  2. You can also follow the presentation by logging into www.telspan.com/express and insert your conference reference as 165593 and conference code as 84893.

Even if you can’t make today’s webinar, you can help spread the word about this important issue by sharing the news of today’s webinar with your friends [see buttons for easy sharing below].

“See” you on the phone!

from Wildlife Promise

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