After 3 Times It's Officially a Trend, Right?
Good thing that the EPA is getting more serious about keeping an eye on coal ash, because it sure doesn't seem like the current system is working. Just in the past few months we reported two big spills: 2.6 Million Cubic Yards of Toxic Coal Ash Slurry Released in Tennessee Dike Burst and What the Heck? Second Coal Ash Spill, this Time in Alabama. Now there's a third in Luke, MD, upriver of Washington DC (maybe politicians will take notice now?).The Maryland Department of the Environment writes:
On March 9, 2009, New Page Corp. at the pulp and paper mill located in the Town of Luke, Allegany County, reported to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) that a coal ash slurry spill had occurred into the North Branch Potomac River. Company officials advised that a pipeline that carries liquid ash from the Mill’s power plant to an ash storage lagoon in West Virginia had ruptured, allowing approximately 4,000 gallons of slurried ash to discharge directly into the river.
It could have been worse (we're not talking about something on the scale of the Tennessee spill...), but any amount of coal ash in a river is too much.
Via Maryland Department of the Environment, NRDC
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