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Posts tagged mining
Some nice anthracite coal with a quartz intrusion #geology #coal #ilovemyjob #mining #bc
By Claudia Rowe, Special to Equal Voice News: KAYENTA, Ariz. In a dimly-lit home off a tangle of dirt roads on the Navajo Nation, 80-year-old Simon Crank sits on his living room couch, recalling the days when executives from a coal company in St. Louis, Mo., would visit, bringing sweets as gifts, promising jobs.
For instance, there is the matter of coal ash. After power plants have burned coal, they are left with the ash that is often disposed of in dry landfills or mixed with water and contained in holding ponds. Some might say, “Isn’t this just harmless ash?” The truth is, coal ash often contains seventeen toxins, if not more, including heavy metals and radioactive elements like radon, thorium and uranium. A report by the Physicians for Social Responsibility has found that ingesting these toxicants, whether through eating, drinking or inhaling, can cause cancer and affect the nervous system creating cognitive deficits, developmental delays and behavioral problems. Data by the EPA has also found that living next to a coal ash disposal site can increase your risk of cancer and other diseases.
So what does Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP) do with their coal ash? We know that from 1971 to 2008, generated coal ash was dumped in unlined mine pits, covered only by topsoil at Navajo Mine. Yes, for nearly 40 years BHP was accepting toxic waste as backfill.
Bipartisan duo Sen. Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) have called on the Secretary of the Interior to investigate.
A woman stands with a coal miner in Holden, West Virginia, 1938, by B. Anthony Stewart
Even as water grows more precious, the Environmental Protection Agency has permitted oil and gas, mining and other industries to contaminate aquifers in more than 1,500 places.
MTR_Panorama, Mountaintop Mining, Panorama on Flickr.
This is where electricity come from…it’s called Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining…