Mississauga residents want answers about a Clarkson park that may be contaminated after coal fly ash was dumped there 40 years ago.
No fences or warning signs mark Birchwood Park where a 2010 environmental report commissioned by the City of Mississauga points to potential health concerns and suggests residents’ worries are valid.
“No one told us anything,” says Dan Davis, who lives near Birchwood Park and had put down a deposit for a townhouse in a failed development planned for a corner of the Birchwood Park landfill. “Even when we were lining up to buy townhouses on land that could be toxic, the developer didn’t say anything, the city had no cautions in the (development) bylaw, the public wasn’t informed that polluted soil would have to be remediated.”” —Buried ash sparks concerns in Mississauga parks — San Grewal, The Toronto Star
The State Pollution Control Board has been warning you about a closure of the Orissa plant due to mismanagement of fly ash. Have you received any communication from them?
Yes, this is a regular process of State Pollution Control Board to monitor the ash disposal as per the laws and we are aware of the situation and have already undertaken several projects on this account.
One the construction of a new ash pond, another is the disposal of fly ash into the mine voids and the third one is disposal of fly ash in the old abandoned stone quarries nearby. All these projects are at various levels of the execution.
Only issue is in the case of the lean slurry project and the construction of new ash pond, where some villagers nearby are asking for jobs in Nalco in order to allow the construction. We are in touch with the state administration and law and order authorities and the progress is slow because of this obstruction but the projects are going ahead. We have a plan in place for the month wise planning of fly ash disposal and there is no crisis.” —Working with Orissa pollution control board on managing fly ash: Nalco — The Economic Times
Rep. David B. McKinley wants to attach his stalled fly ash bill to transportation funding legislation coming before the House this week.
He noted if he fails, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would prohibit the use of fly ash in road pavement - a move that could drive up the cost of road construction by at least 10 percent, he added.” —McKinley Seeks Move for Fly Ash Bill — Joselyn King, The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register
Sometimes state regulations prevent coal companies from reclaiming certain areas, depending on conditions, according to Kevin Sunday, spokesman for DEP, Harrisburg.
For example, the Shen-Penn Stripping Pit is filled with water and is more than 120 acres in size and more than 250 feet deep. In July 1994, Kevin R. Brill, 11, of Shenandoah, drowned there, according to archives of The Pottsville REPUBLICAN. Sunday said Reading Anthracite had expressed interest in reclaiming the area with ash.
“The regulations won’t allow you to directly put the ash right into water,” Sunday said.” —Planned project in Saint Clair among several major mine reclamation sites — Stephen J. Pytak, Republican Herald
The construction of the plant is scheduled to start next year and will be completed in 2015.
Rojas said one of the things they were seriously looking at was the consequential effects of the ash-fall at the catchment area of the watershed as a result of the operation of the coal-fired power plant.
Rojas said that part of the ash-fall would still reach the watershed though the SRPI officials were saying that the coal-fired power plant was safe and that the simulation of the wind velocity would not affect it.
“That is the reason why we are seriously looking into the adverse effects of the drops of ash-fall in the watershed area as this could contaminate the water thus affecting the health of the drinking public,” Rojas said.
He also said that the number of years of ash-fall in the area could contaminate or significantly change the quality of the water.” —Zambo water firm fears coal-fired power plant might contaminate watershed — Zambo Times
After power generation, coal and coal gangue turn into coal ash, which was also thought to be useless in the past. But the ash contains metals, including alumina and silica, which can be extracted.
To make better use of coal ash, an industrial park, focusing primarily on processing coal ash, is under construction.” —Coal-rich city eyes green economy — Zhu Zhe and Sun Ruisheng, China Daily