90 percent of coal plants taint groundwater with toxic coal ash

  • Published on March 11th, 2019

According to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, 243 of 265 of coal plants that monitor groundwater pollution across the nation have been shown to be leaking toxic coal ash pollution.

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In this image made from a Sept. 21, 2018, drone video provided by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, light gray material flows out of a flooded coal ash dump toward the Cape Fear River at Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Station in Wilmington, N.C.

By Meteor Blades

The data from about three-quarters of U.S. coal plants come from utility filings mandated by federal coal ash rules that the Trump regime is trying to weaken.

The pollutants include arsenic, lithium and other contaminants.

The other plants were either exempt from reporting groundwater tests or given extensions on the deadline for presenting their reports.

Here’s more from EarthJustice:

Beginning in 2018, coal-fired electric utilities were compelled to publicly report groundwater monitoring data for the first time ever, following transparency requirements imposed by federal coal ash regulations, known formally as the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.

For decades, utilities have disposed of coal ash dangerously, dumping it in unlined ponds and landfills where the toxins leak into groundwater.

According to industry’s own data, more than 95% of the coal ash ponds in the United States are unlined.

Almost all of them are contaminating groundwater with toxins above levels that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deems safe for drinking water.

(Crossposted from DailyKos.)

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