Friday, January 9, 2009

Toxic Coal Ash...

And I thought coal was clean!! Hah!
Found this via my digg front page, this is from yahoo news:

"WASHINGTON – Millions of tons of toxic coal ash is piling up in power plant ponds in 32 states, a situation the government has long recognized as a risk to human health and the environment but has done nothing about.

An Associated Press analysis of the most recent Energy Department data found that 156 coal-fired power plants store ash in surface ponds similar to one that ruptured last month in Tennessee. On Friday, a pond at a northeastern Alabama power plant spilled a different material.

Records indicate that states storing the most coal ash in ponds are Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama." ...


Basically its saying that some kind of ash is kept in "ponds" to keep it from being an air pollutant. However, because of lax regulations on the coal industry, these pools often rupture, spilling this ashy sludge onto things, and it happens to be toxic as well.

I've never even heard of this sort of thing before...