Friday, September 3, 2010

Clean Water: A Basic Human Right.

Many people in the area make their living raising cattle. These cattle often drink water that has run off from the dump site and from  nearby groundwater wells. The possibility of  contamination is too great to ignore.  As you can see from this photo there is little doubt that these cattle come in contact with runoff from the site. A recent report issues by Earth Justice states "U.S. coal-fired power plants generate nearly 140 million tons of fly ash, scrubber sludge, and other combustion wastes every year.   The EPA has indicated that coal ash dumps significantly increase risks to both people and wildlife.  For example, EPA's 2007 risk assessment estimated that up to one in 50 residents living near certain wet ash ponds could get cancer due to arsenic contamination of drinking water".

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