Distribution of Confinements
Impoundment means that the coal ash is mixed with water and stored in large ponds called “lagoons,” “surface impoundments,” or “coal ash ponds.” Oftentimes, impoundments are located near waterways like rivers, close to power plants where water is used in the production process. This exposes groundwater and aquifers to contamination when toxins from coal ash seep into the ground as leachate. These impoundments discharge millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater in streams and rivers.
Landfill storage is dangerous because dry coal ash is susceptible to being blown away to neighboring plots of land. The dust is carcinogenic and can harm the lungs. Unlined landfills also contribute to groundwater contamination as storm water seeps through it, carrying toxins into the water table.
Concentration of the Problem
Concentration of the Profits
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