While filming in Cheshire, OH, this past May CAC crew members reported feeling ill and one of our interviewees who has asthma began coughing uncontrollably.
The town itself is practically a ghost town; the company has purchased and destroyed most of the property and buildings there.
A lawsuit filed last month on behalf of 77 people claims that the plaintiffs were exposed to dangerous chemicals in coal ash, which led to several illnesses and deaths. The dispute is focused on American Electric Power‘s Gavin Landfill site in North Cheshire, Ohio, which is used for collecting and sipping of 2.6 million cubic yards of coal combustion waste byproducts from the Gavin Power Plant every year.
“Repeatedly, individuals were not provided with protective equipment, such as overalls, gloves or respirators when working in and around coal waste,” the lawsuit says. “These working men and women, already exposed to the contaminants at the job site, then, in turn, carried the coal waste home to their families on their clothes and shoes, thus even exposing family members to the deadly toxins.”
China’s Inner Mongolia will invest to produce alumina from coal ash, a waste of byproduct of thermal power generation, in its Jungar, Togtoh and Qingshuihe, local media reported.
There goes China, bypassing us with innovation again by turning a waste product into something useful. It doesn’t have to be this way (points at those with giant, leaky pits of coal ash next to drinking water reservoirs in the U.S.).
Fly ash is almost immune to fire because of the intense heat of power production. Researchers boosted the fire resistance even more, up to Navy standards, by heating Eco-Core in an oven.
The engineers spent almost a decade working on the Navy project and perfecting the properties of Eco-Core. The resulting material is useful as the interior part of a wall or ship’s hull. But after testing Eco-Core every way imaginable, its creators believe the uses for Eco-Core are almost limitless.
“There’s a big market for this kind of material out there, somewhere,” says Dr. Sadler. “There has got to be, because we have not found anything this material cannot do, and there is plenty of fly ash to make it with.”
But the trouble is, the engineering team can only produce a small amount of Eco-Core in their lab. They’re looking for a manufacturing expert who can figure out how to produce it commercially, on a large scale.
The team admits it won’t solve the coal ash problem, but it will help.
Leaving coal ash in pits in the ground is so 20th century.
If you’re interested in hosting a screening of Working Films’ ‘Coal Ash Stories’, which includes a sneak peak for our documentary film, follow this link. Screenings can be held most anywhere.
"The agency has taken a more strident approach to address groundwater and coal ash contamination than any previous administration" and took many of those actions before February this year, when 39,000 tons of ash spilled from a plant along the Dan River in Eden," DENR spokesman Drew Elliott said.
SELC lawyers say state officials wouldn’t have taken those actions if the SELC hadn’t threatened to sue first. They say they plan to file their suit next week.
We understand that since this news story ran late last week that the Southern Environmental Law Center has in fact filed suit.