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Powerplant Mudslide Dumps Coal Ash into Lake Michigan

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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9:24PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

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?

3:39PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

signed, and that's really sad

7:39AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

petition signed.

11:02PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

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

9:49PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

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!

8:57PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

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

7:54PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

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.

7:46PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

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....

5:42PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

How pathetic- I'm not even a Democrat (I'm Independent) and i'ts obvious to me how the Republicans have no conscience -- why thier love of $$$ blinds them so much that they go to all lengths to block the EPA for something that truly needs some sort of restraint. There is totally no regard for the common citizen's welfare in this Country and especially no regard for the very Environment we all have to live in. They are using the economic deficit as an excuse to dismantle anything that inconveniences their Petroleum, Gas and Coal buddies and if they could 100% obliterate the EPA, they will.

We are living in very dark times-- after the recent "Green Movement" the U.S enjoyed for a time, it looks like our narrow-minded republican's have brought us back down into another dark ages ruled by unrestrained greed

2:35PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

The Great Lakes are so important resources not just for drinking water for millions but the entire life systems they sustain and support in and around the waters to say nothing of the recreation for people and local tourism that we must do everything to ensure their pristine preservation. Instead we've had 40 years of polution. America has become the land of greed.

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