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October 07, 2010

Ash, Spills, Emissions, Mercury: Coal News of Note

There's been a slew of stories about coal this week - so let's share them. First up is a great piece on coal ash from CNN - specifically the huge Little Blue Run coal ash lake in WV and PA: (transcript here)

Possible coal ash spills have been on our radar for many reasons lately (including EPA's public hearings on coal ash, but especially because of the huge toxic spill in Hungary. Think a massive toxic spill like that can't happen in the U.S.? Think again (and remember the massive coal ash spill in Tennessee in December 2008).



Not to mention the coal ash spill that happened last week in Ohio and killed more than 4,000 animals - PLUS the coal ash spill that hit North Carolina around the same time!

Coal ash is toxic waste and must be treated as such - tell EPA we need strong federal safeguards for it!

In other coal news, EPA proposed yesterday that the massive Boardman coal-fired power plant in Arizona must "install $717 million in pollution controls to curb emissions that spread haze over the Four Corners region of the Southwest..."

And finally in coal news, Treehugger has a post up about a new report detailing why fish closer to coal-fired power plants shows fewer traces of mercury than fish farther away. (Hint, it's not because coal is clean).

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