Thanks to the tenacity of a few national groups and local communities bringing suit…EPA may need to rule on coal ash earlier than anyone thought possible. The order issued by the US District Court for the District of Columbia at the end of September said the court will issue a Memorandum Opinion by October 30th addressing the concerns of environmental organizations that sued the EPA to promulgate the rule. Many think the decision is a step in the right direction and will help ensure a definite date that the EPA Coal Ash Rule must be promulgated. Citizens have advocated for federally enforceable safeguards, monitoring and protections against coal ash since the TVA pond disaster right before Christmas in 2008 and some have waited for decades to have meaningful protections. The Ameren Labadie ash ponds have been known to be leaking for over 20 years. More details on the order and its impact on the EPA rule see Earthjustice press release.