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Fri Feb 7, 2020, 09:39 AM

Thousands of tons of coal ash being brought to Mainland U.S.

A @CBSNews investigation finds thousands of tons of dangerous coal ash are being brought into the mainland U.S. This comes as the Trump administration weakens regulations regarding the storage of the coal ash.

Coal ash is linked to health issues.



The AES power plant in Puerto Rico generates 300,000 tons of coal ash, the toxic byproduct of coal burned to generate electricity, each year. The residents of the island, understandably, don't want to be near the toxic elements, so they passed a law "to prohibit the deposit and disposal of coal ashes or coal combustion residues in Puerto Rico."

In addition, the law prevents the ash from being stored on the island for more than 180 days.

So where does the coal ash go? A lot of it tens of thousands of tons makes its way to the mainland U.S.

CBS News tracked one cargo ship, the Mississippi Enterprise, as it was hauling coal ash into Jacksonville, Florida. From there, the ash is taken to Chesser Island landfill in Folkston, Georgia, as reported by local Puerto Rican journalist Abner Dennis and Omar Alfonso.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/toxic-coal-ash-from-puerto-rico-aes-power-plant-is-being-shipped-to-florida/

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DesertRat Feb 7 OP
safeinOhio Feb 7 #1
DesertRat Feb 7 #2
shanti Feb 7 #7
DesertRat Feb 7 #8
nature-lover Feb 7 #3
Maru Kitteh Feb 7 #4
nature-lover Feb 7 #5
DesertRat Feb 7 #6

Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2020, 09:49 AM

1. I can think of a great place to store it.

South East Florida, on the coast.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 7, 2020, 09:54 AM

2. It wouldn't surprise me

If the vindictive guy in the WH dumps it in Utah to spite Romney.

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Response to DesertRat (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 7, 2020, 07:31 PM

7. Don't give him any ideas

I'm positive that repub operatives come here to DU, take our fears, and make them happen with Chump. It's why they always seem to be one step ahead of us.

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Response to shanti (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 7, 2020, 07:43 PM

8. When it comes to being vindictive, he has us all beat

I'm sure he spends every spare moment thinking of ways to get back at people. He knows that no one will stop him.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2020, 09:54 AM

3. Fox viewers have no idea the environ. disaster this admin. has created through the EPA and Interior

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Response to nature-lover (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 7, 2020, 09:59 AM

4. They. Do. Not. Care.

Ignorance and concern have no relation in that matter amongst the population you describe.

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 7, 2020, 10:17 AM

5. For the vast majority of that population, I agree.

I check the Fox site several times a week just to see what "news" they are spewing. There is no mention of the destruction of our National Parks, decimation of our clean water regulations and other Trump "accomplishments." I think that there are some people out there, in that truth restricted bubble of information, who would care. Not many, but some who treasure that National Parks pass.

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Response to DesertRat (Original post)

Fri Feb 7, 2020, 07:27 PM

6. I updated the OP with a link to the story. nt

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