There is currently no “best” way to dispose of coal ash. This toxic, coal byproduct is used in small percentages to strengthen concrete mixes, asphalt, and drywall, it is at times added to soil and feed lots for the nutrients. The coal ash however has levels of mercury, lead, arsenic, boron, cadmium, and selenium which are not good for feed lots or soil for growing… The majority of coal ash is kept in ponds, landfills, and abandoned mines.
In 2008 there was a case in Tennessee where a coal ash pond dam broke, spilling over a billion gallons of toxic sludge into the local communities. The cleanup was slated at over $1 billion and that is not including the 50 or so pending lawsuits. There are now new regulations being considered and local communities are getting involved. It is our right to know what these corporations are doing to our communities and to our environment.
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