Powerplant Mudslide Dumps Coal Ash into Lake Michigan

Just weeks after the U.S. Senate voted to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate the disposal of coal ash, what’s left after coal is burned in a power plant, a mudslide on the banks of Lake Michigan sends tons of the stuff into a drinking water source for 10 million people.

“The EPA has been trying to enact national protections to stop this kind of disastrous spill from happening again, ever since the TVA disaster in 2008, and our Congress has been blocking them every step of the way. As a result, communities across the nation remain at risk and unprotected,” said Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in a statement.

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Watch the Video for Footage of the Collapsed Bluff Containing Toxic Coal Ash

The Sierra Club is pointing to this slide as a tragic example of how neither power companies nor state regulators are protecting our health and our environment from cancer-causing coal ash. “[A]s long as the EPA fails to act, there will be more coal ash spills,” explains Hitt. “This collapse is particularly troublesome because We Energies has known for years that its management of coal ash was a threat to human health.” We Energies has been providing bottled water to neighbors whose wells have been contaminated by run off from the Oak Creek’s coal ash landfills.

While water utility officials are reassuring the public that their filtration systems can handle the coal ash contamination, environmentalists are worried. Katy Walter of Clean Wisconsin told TMJ Channel 4, “It contains up to 24 different chemicals and compounds that are hazardous to human health.”

For an illustration, watch this video from Earthjustice

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62 comments

W. C
W. C3 days ago

Thanks.

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William C
William C3 days ago

Thank you for caring.

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Christina Robertson
Tina Robertson5 years ago

How many times, how many "accidents", how many years will we have to wait until the EPA will stand up and do what it is hired to do.......Protect the Environment ?
Every week there is a radiation leak (usually described as small"), a problematic situation or a shut down of a nuclear Plant somewhere in America because of some event or another, an oil leak from old pipes that aren't inspected well enough not to mention the pollution in our rivers and lakes because industry uses them like toilets.
When is the EPA going to get the power to do something about these incidents or are they just a toothless tiger, or a front for the government who pretend to take our health and welfare seriously, but honestly they don't give a damn; they seem to worry more about the oil, coal , electric and nuclear companies more than they do about the public
happy and wealthy. Enough of this ongoing crap.....let's make the politicians push the EPA and give them power to charge the cooperate offenders........Am I reaching to high for that goal?

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Victoria Pitchford
Vicky P6 years ago

signed, and that's really sad

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Alicia N.
Alicia N6 years ago

petition signed.

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Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

Clean water is important. People should be protected from coal ash.

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James D.
James D6 years ago

That's not a landslide untold tons of toxic coal waste crashing down into your drinking water source to pollute it and ultimately make you ill. You are looking at it all wrong. It is simply tons of dollars going into the pockets of the 1%. All is right with the world and yours is small price to pay for quarterly profits. Now go buy a water filtration system and you problem is solved.

Rise up next year and put 100 Elizabeth Warrens into the Senate and 435 Alan Graysons into the House. They will stand up to these "people". Vote Progressive!

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Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti6 years ago

When will they ever learn.........

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Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

This is one of the many things that OWS is about! We're expendable, and the 1% could care less about who or what they hurt.

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Dave C.
David C6 years ago

YUCK....we need to stop the "ME NOW" people who can't see ahead and see all the destruction we are doing to our world...time to figure out how to leave something healthy, beautiful and safe for the future....

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