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Will coal ash end up in consumer products?

Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill in North CarolinaWe’ve all been reading about the ugly environmental disaster unfolding in Eden at Duke Energy’s retired Dan River coal-burning plant.  As of this writing, the coal ash pond pipe has been plugged, but not before dumping more than 80,000 tons of waste into the Dan River.

Meanwhile in Washington, the US EPA is considering other options for getting rid of coal ash in the future – mixing it into cement and wallboard during manufacture.  Utilities face more stringent regulations at coal plants, so many support this approach, which is called “beneficial reuse.”

You can read more about the risks of mixing coal ash (which contains lead, arsenic, mercury and selenium) into consumer products from the Healthy Building Network here.  US EPA regulations will be released in December.

3 Comments


  1. Jack

    February 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Here we go again. Easing environmental policy will only create Love Canal over and over again.

    Doesn’t the GOP understand that they have to live in the world they create?

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    February 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I thought regressives were all about sustainability and recycling?

  3. Alan

    February 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    GOP would only care if it landed on their doorstep. As long as someone made a profit all is good. After all, a little arsenic and mercury in your drinking water is good for you, right?

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