Coal ash contaminates U.S. sites

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    (Reuters) - Toxic contamination from coal ash, a waste product of coal-fired power plants, has been detected in ground water and soil at 20 sites in 10 U.S. states, an environmental watchdog group reported on Tuesday.

    These sites are the latest to contribute to a total of 157 identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the independent Environmental Integrity Project, which released the report.

    Coal ash is left after coal is burned at power plants and has 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.

    But most states do not require ponds to be lined, have any construction standards or any monitoring or cleanup requirements, Stant said, adding that almost half the wastes from coal-burning in the United States are dumped this way.

    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, the report said.

    Coal ash taints 20 U.S. sites: report | Reuters
     
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    But nobody cares s0n......except the environmental nutters, of course.

    Proof?

    Just take a gandor to my recently posted thread "Global Carbon Emissions FAIL". Pretty much sums up how effective the k00ks have been on impacting public policy.

    Indeed.......the k00ks keep posting up their crap and the more they do, the more the public yawns!!! They still dont get that bomb throwing is ghey.:gay:
     
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    by the way s0n.........you need to move to the South Pacific to reduce your level of angst over this shit. Have a beer and make up a plan!! Network a bit on the web......Im reasonably certain that you might be able to find 4 or 5 people who have a similar sense of urgency that might join you.
     
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    Nobody cares? I suppose if you have not been effected personally by it or you lack the knowledge to see the damage it causes, you would not tend to care. But live where I do for a year, get to know the people here, go to enough funerals of friends who have been taken prematurely by cancer, visit enough households where asthma runs pandemically and soon you too will care.

    In the meantime, please don't try to dismiss the problem by calling the monitors "kooks". It just re enforces the notion that you are either willfully ignorant and happy that way or are a complete puppet for the polluters and their public relations campaign.
     
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    rant all you want s0n.............still, nobody cares.


    Every single k00k alarmist who comes on this forum..........all have one thing in common: they are perpetually hysterical about SOMETHING in life:D:D
     
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    So we shut down all the coal burners next week,then what??
     
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    Most U.S. air pollution originates in China.
     
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    Depends on what you mean by coal burners. I highly support outright outlawing one kind and support building up another(fussil fuel coal).:badgrin:
     
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    Wrong. 20% of the mercury in the air on the West Coast originates in China. The rest is natural or the result of concrete production orthe few coal burners we have here.
     
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    I did pull that one out of my ass. So sue me. :D
     

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