For six days in February, toxic coal ash gushed into North Carolina's Dan River, turning the water into gray sludge for miles. Coal ash contains toxic heavy metals like mercury, lead, and selenium. Photo by Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins
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Ash from coal-burning power plants is full of toxic heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury -- and coal companies just dump it in pits and ponds with no plan for safe disposal or cleanup.
UPDATE: The State of North Carolina has announced that it will work with the EPA to pursue enforcement actions against Duke Energy for violating the Clean Water Act. Duke's spill of coal ash into the Dan River is just the latest example of the danger of toxic coal ash. Now is the time to show the EPA that all Americans deserve to be protected from toxic coal waste -- before another spill like the…
Duke Energy is the biggest energy company in America, with coal waste sites in six states -- including the one that spilled its toxic contents into the Dan River this February. The EPA has rated ten of these coal ash sites, including the one on the Dan River, as being "high hazard." Duke has known about the problems with their coal ash ponds for years but done nothing to significantly clean…
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