Coal burning power plants produce Coal Ash Toxic Contamination which is found at 10 more sites totaling 157
Coal Ash toxic contamination, a by-product from the burning of coal in coal-fired power plants, has been found in elevated levels in ground water and soil at 20 new sites in 10 U.S. states, the environmental watchdog group Environmental Integrity Project reported Tuesday.
These 10 sites are the most recently adding to the total list of 157 sites identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the independent Environmental Integrity Project, which released the report.
Coal ash is the by-product left over after coal is burned at power plants and has heavy concentrations of heavy metals and salts that can leach into the environment unless disposed of properly in ponds with liners and covers, said Jeff Stant, the report’s editor.
Most states however do not require these ponds to be lined, nor have any construction standards or any monitoring or cleanup requirements, Stant said, adding that almost half the toxic wastes from coal-burning in the United States are dumped in this manner. Nineteen of the 20 newly identified sites show ground water contaminated with arsenic or other toxic metals exceeding the maximum contaminant level set out in the Safe Drinking Water Act. The 20th site showed contaminated soil with arsenic 900 times the federal screening level for site cleanups, according to the report. Read more…
Originally posted 2011-12-16 12:11:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter