“Make A Splash” Water Celebration to Highlight Critical Need for Strong Federal Water Pollution Standards for Coal-Fired Power Plants

***ADVISORY FOR July 30, 2013***

Contact:

Alison Flowers, Sierra Club, alison.flowers@gmail.com, 303-246-6297

Alexis Boxer,Sierra Student Coalition, alexis.boxer@sierraclub.org, 203-885-3629

 

 “Make A Splash” Water Celebration to Highlight Critical Need for Strong Federal Water Pollution Standards for Coal-Fired Power Plants

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Discharge Toxic Wastewater

 

On July 30, the Sierra Club North Star Chapter, Sierra Student Coalition and Clean Water Action, will hold “Make A Splash,” a clean water fun fair highlighting the critical need for strong federal standards limiting toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants. “Make a Splash” will bring young people and families together from across the Twin Cities to participate in fun, educational events and activities and hear from speakers about the need for clean water protections.

The event coincides with a new national report released by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups, including the Sierra Club. The report reviewed nearly 400 coal plant water permits across the country and its findings highlight the need for strong national coal plant water pollution standards.

Existing guidelines written to limit toxics discharged from coal plants do not cover many of the worst pollutants such as some of those discharged in the Mississippi River, and have not been updated in more than 30 years. In April 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first ever national standards for toxics dumped into waterways from coal plants.  The Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s  Beyond Coal to Clean Energy campaign is organizing to support the strongest options for “effluent limitation guidelines.”

**ATTENTION TV EDITORS** GREAT VISUALS: Children and family friendly water games, ‘toxic’ lemonade stand

WHAT:  

  • Make A Splash, youth-led event highlighting the critical need for strong Environmental Protection Agency standards limiting toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants

  • ‘Toxic’ lemonade stand and water games for all ages

  • Local speakers including Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s office and Representative Keith Ellison’s office

WHO: Sierra Club North Star Chapter, Sierra Student Coalition, Clean Water Action and Twin Cities families

WHEN: July 30th, 2013, 4:30-9:00 pm  –  Press: Please arrive at 5pm-7pm

WHERE: Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St NE  Minneapolis, MN 56413

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