The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed coal ash safeguards is winding down, with the deadline being next Friday, Nov. 19. (Have you submitted your comment yet?)

But just because the deadline is approaching does not mean we’re slowing our action on coal ash. It’s toxic and must be treated as such.

That’s why this week the Sierra Club opened a hotline to help residents report suspected contamination or spills of toxic coal ash across the country. Residents who believe there is toxic coal ash contamination near their homes either from an unreported spill or through leaking ash dumps are asked to call the toll-free hotline: 1-888-314-7450

Reported incidents will be passed on to the proper authorities for investigation and mitigation.

Meanwhile, residents in Kingston, Tenn., are still coping with the aftermath of toxic coal ash almost two years after the massive Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill there.

Alexandra Cousteau just released this very good video about her visit to Kingston in September of this year to see how the recovery is going.

We can help prevent future coal ash disasters like the one in Kingston. Coal ash is hazardous, but less strictly controlled than household garbage.

Tell EPA to adopt enforceable federal safeguards to protect our communities.