Why are coal ash disposal ponds a problem for the environment?



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    Last year, a study by the Environmental Integrity and Earthjustice group revealed that people in 34 U.S. states had been water contaminated by coal ash, which could lead to high risk for cancer and other diseases. The report suggests that people living near coal ash ponds have as much as a 1-in-50 chance of getting cancer, owing to the increased amounts of lead, cobalt and cadmium in the water.The ponds also pose a risk for fish and deer, who require the water in areas adjacent to coal plants to survive. 

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