Friday, September 3, 2010

A Throwaway Community

Low-income communities shoulder a disproportionate share of the health risks from disposal of coal combustion waste.  A majority of communities in the U.S. where a dump site is located are above the national median for percent of low-income families. Similar high poverty rates are found in 118 of the 120 coal-producing counties, where coal combustion wastes increasingly are being disposed in unlined, under-regulated mines, often in direct contact with groundwater. 


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