As folks are beginning to learn, coal-fired power plants produce coal ash and other toxic waste byproducts. The material is usually stored on site in retention ponds or dams. A failure in the retaining wall, or an overflow, can result in an environmental disaster contaminating surrounding waterways, soil, and wildlife, and endangering human health and life. There is an ongoing debate about how coal ash is stored and regulated. Currently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate these types of retention ponds or the materials contained in them. Surprisingly, it appears that the EPA does not consider the coal ash to be hazardous material.
There is a great deal of debate over whether state regulations are sufficient for these retention ponds, as evidenced by this most recent disaster in Tennessee. It is absolutely incredible that there is no real oversight for the storage and safe disposal of this toxic waste. We have found that most of these retention ponds are not lined or reinforced. As a result, it’s inevitable that potentially hazardous material will leak out. It’s quite evident these retention ponds are not a long-term solution. It’s only a matter of time before the next disaster happens. These facilities are everywhere. Communities are living under a cloud, uncertain of their safety. Contact Rhon Jones at 800-898-2034 for more information on this matter.
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