Posts tagged waste
Posts tagged waste
As lawmakers again try to resolve pollution and regulatory uncertainty over power plant coal ash disposal, the head of the nation’s largest ash recycler says he is optimistic they will succeed this time around. Headwaters Inc. chief executive Kirk A. Benson told EnergyGuardian the latest House bill to allow states to implement national storage and disposal standards could attract more Democratic support than previous efforts.
Thanks to the community members who have shared their images with the Coal Ash Chronicles project.
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Snippet from the article by Kate Sheppard for Mother Jones:
Every year, coal-fired power plants generate about 130 million tons of coal ash—leftover sludge containing arsenic, mercury, and lead. The industry recycles around 55 million tons of the stuff annually, sticking it into a variety of products, from cement to cosmetics. No wonder it wasn’t too happy about an EPA proposal to classify coal ash as hazardous waste. Here’s where you can find recycled coal ash, in order of increasing creepiness.
So, what happened to the over 1 billion gallons of coal ash that was dumped into two rivers and over about 300 acres of land in Kingston, Tennessee, in December 2008? The bulk of it was loaded onto trains and hauled to Uniontown, in Perry County, Alabama. It’s one of the poorest counties in the country and, I should say, two over from where I grew up.
Click here to read a report about, and see photographs of, life in Uniontown after the coal ash arrived. The report, on attorney David A. Ludder’s website, is called “Old King Coal: Welcome to Uniontown, Living Amid Industrial Slop.”
Shanxi coal ash threatens generations - Biz Wire - January 01,2013
A short documentary about Little Blue, America’s largest coal ash pond.
From the film’s YouTube page:
Published on Jan 1, 2013
Hear the stories of citizens in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and Hancock County, West Virginia. They’ve lived around Little Blue Run Dam, one of the larges coal ash impoundments in the U.S., for 35 years. Filmed in 2012.