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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:06 AM

EPA faces suit from 11 groups over coal ash

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Eleven environmental organizations are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to better regulate toxic coal ash and citing recent groundwater contamination at 29 coal ash dump sites in 16 states, including two in Western Pennsylvania.

According to the EPA's own data, coal ash has caused contamination of groundwater at coal-fired power plants in Homer City, Indiana County, and near New Castle, Lawrence County.

Earthjustice, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the other groups Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said in a release that the EPA hasn't updated coal ash disposal and control regulations in more than 30 years and that it continues to delay new rules despite recent evidence of "leaking waste ponds, poisoned groundwater supplies and threats to public health."

Coal ash is produced mainly by coal-fired power plants and contains a mixture of toxic chemicals and compounds, Earthjustice said, including arsenic, lead, hexavalent chromium, manganese, mercury, selenium and cadmium.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/epa-faces-suit-from-11-groups-over-coal-ash-630121/



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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:33 AM

1. but the smell of creosote....

 

... is just so.... intoxicating...!

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Response to happerbolic (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:48 AM

3. Out of curiousity

is creosote still legally obtainable in the US other than for commercial use ? No longer available in Europe for home use - just a substitute product.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:35 PM

5. highly carcenogenic....

 

... except for forming on walls of chimney stacks, i would highly doubt any intentional use of the stuff anymore. mmmm... but those telephone poles used to smell sooo good....

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:41 AM

2. So glad to hear this...just heard RFK speak on horrors of coal and nothing being done;

Glad to know some groups are fighting this abomination.

Kennedy by the way sued to get rivers cleaned up and said Congress just got the regulations changed so they could pollute them all again.

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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:42 AM

4. It's a really corrupted agency that must be sued to make them do their job.

It's the EPA's job to do this and they have done nothing about it for 30 years.

All our federal agencies are like this. Ignoring their responsibility to regulate corporation, banks and uber rich people at the expense of killing, bankrupting and poisoning citizens. I thought Obama would clean these agencies up. Instead, he allows them to continue their corrupted and immoral practices.

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