Tr-Ash Talk: State of Failure (Coal Ash)

From Earth Justice:

Raviya Ismail
17 August 2011

Twelve states lack any regulation of coal ash toxic waste

Yes, we’re still waiting. And while we wait for comprehensive federal standards that regulate toxic coal ash, we have some more bad news about the state of states’ coal ash disposal.

We joined with Appalachian Mountain Advocates to release a report detailing the lack of state-based regulations for coal ash disposal and the 12 worst states when it comes to coal ash dumping: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Among the conclusions:

  • Alabama coal ash ponds are completely unregulated at the state level, yet more than 5 million tons of ash from the Kingston TVA spill were shipped in for disposal.
  • Georgia’s aging ponds rarely undergo regulatory inspections, although 13 of 29 ponds are at least 40 years old.
  • Illinois ranks first in the number of coal ash ponds with 83. Only about a third of the ponds are lined or monitored.
  • Indiana has more operating coal ash ponds (71) than any other state, but its lax oversight resulted in eight contaminated sites and numerous pond spills.

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