SSP continued to hold weekly lobby days for residents to come meet with their legislators and voice their concerns about coal slurry. Over the course of the session, the legislators did not want to act on any slurry-related legislation until their heard back from the DEP and DHHR about the findings of the SCR-15 Slurry Study. This effectively ended the potential for any of our bills to be taken up and considered during the session.
DEP repeatedly missed legislatively-mandated deadlines to complete its portion of the SCR-15 Slurry Study. The intial deadline was Dec. 31, 2007. They missed this deadline as well as deadlines in June 2008 and December 2008.
Although our bills did not advance, SSP gained experience and reminded our legislators that we will not give up on the issues of community health and safety and an end to coal slurry! We strengthed relationships and continued to educate others on the dangers posed by coal slurry.