Waste Deep: filling mines with coal ash is profit for industry but poison for people
Disposal of coal combustion waste in coal mines is poisoning streams and drinking water supplies across the United States. In fact enough coal combustion waste is generated in the U.S each year to fill a train stretching from Washington, D.C. to Melbourne, Australia. The solid waste generated by burning coal in power plants is the second largest industrial waste stream in the country and better regulation is needed. This report argues for federal regulations on coal combustion waste disposal, in particular safeguards that ensure companies reveal the toxicity of the waste they are dumping, identify sources of ground and surface water that are susceptible to contamination from the dumping and prohibit the dumping of waste directly into ground water. Federal regulations must also require long-term, comprehensive monitoring for pollution from the dumping and ensure that mine owners are financially responsible for the clean up.