Posts tagged coalash
Posts tagged coalash
One of their biggest concerns is the Will County Generating Station coal plant, owned by the company Midwest Generation, about a mile from Rendulich’s and Burnitz’s homes. Midwest Generation also runs a coal plant about 10 miles away in Joliet and two others in Illinois. The plants emit particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants dangerous to public health. And in ponds on-site, they store coal ash – the residue from burning coal to generate electricity. Coal ash, which can include “scrubber sludge” that collects in pollution removal equipment, contains high levels of toxic metals, salts and chemicals that can contaminate rivers, lakes and groundwater, including drinking water. People can also suffer serious health effects from inhaling airborne coal ash.
Coal ash made a lot of headlines this week, and here they are (with brief summaries):
“Coal Ash Recycling Rate Is Lagging, Says Industry Group” — POWER magazine
Regulatory uncertainty concerning the disposal of coal ash has stalled coal ash recycling in the U.S. and kept levels below those reported in 2008 for a third consecutive year, suggests a new report from the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA).
The American Coal Ash Association wasn’t in the news for this, but it’s worth noting: It’s Twitter account for the 2013 World of Coal Ash Conference is active @WOCA2013. The conference will be held in Lexington, KY, April 22-25, 2013. The registration fees are $750.00* per person (before March 22, 2013).
The Associated Press and The Huffington Post ran an article alleging that “Coal Slurry Pond Dangers May Increase As Companies Ignore Construction Standards” in the midst of a recovery effort in West Virginia. Last week, a worker for Consol Energy was helping to expand a coal slurry pond when both he and his bulldozer fell into the lagoon. The worker has been missing for more than a week. Read the article here.
Forbes magazine and the American Coal Council posted on its “Coal Blog” that it expects the Obama administration, via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to further weaken its stance on coal ash regulations. Read the article here (dated Nov. 19, 2012), and the ACC’s blog post here (dated Dec. 4, 2012).
In contrary news, the S.S. Badger — a coal-powered car ferry on Lake Michigan, was a loser in Congress this week, according to The Chicago Tribune: “Badger ferry loses this round: Congress dumps special legislation for coal-fired ship.”
In different-state-difference-stance news: North Carolina’s Environmental Management Committee rejected a group of environmentalists’ push to force the state’s coal industry — which in N.C. boils down to Duke Energy — to clean up coal ash ponds that have contaminated groundwater. (There are 14.) From The (Raleigh) News & Observer: “N.C. board rejects coal-ash pit cleanup.”
And, in Michigan, environmentalists spoke out against House Bill 5953. (Read a draft of the bill here.) Watch:
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