Dangerous Toxic Areas to Avoid in the U.S.

Posted: September 14, 2010 in GREEN, Table Of Contents, TRUTH / Occupy
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The Facts on COAL Based POWER Plants

While the rest of the world is converting their utility companies to renewable sources why is the United States failing to keep up? As part of the conversion process our infrastructure will weaken causing a risk to security but if done properly, we will barely notice the changes.

In 1997, the world began a major conversion of all computer software to prepare for the millenium date change and the U.S. led the way. The world succeeded in avoiding bank failures and system crashes. The conversion of the power grid contains the same risks and rewards but the main difference is that there is not an absolute visible deadline. Every day a life is ended from coal related environmental poisins and new activists join the fight to speed up the conversion. To these supporters of renewable energy, the deadline passed when their loved ones became sick.

Whose side are you on?

Burning coal creates a TOXIC ASH Sludge Waste Product! Mining operations and coal power plants create the two largest sources of toxic waste in the world today. U.S. coal plants currently create over 140 million tons of coal ash in 1 year which is more than 900lbs. for every American. For over 100 years the ash has been pumped into mine shafts after they are stripped clean. As empty mine shafts became scarce more creative methods increased in use. Ash is currently added to asphalt, concrete, wallboard, vinyl, potting soil, carpet, bowling balls and other household products without regulation.

Fly-ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury and beryllium, among other pollutants
, so nearby residents need to be worried about possible long-term effects to their health, water quality and property values. The right thing to do is to move away immediately and stop neighbors from working for these companies. It has been determined that 1 in 50 get a life threatening illness in the surrounding areas. The EPA number for acceptable risk is 1/10000!

The problem is that the coal companies are not accountable to anyone. They are not scrutinized by shareholders and are self-funded, so they don’t have to answer to Congress to win annual appropriations.

The EPA estimates there are over 700 storage locations in the United States for the 721+ coal power plants producing over 140 million tons of coal ash in 35 states. Estimates have varied between $3.5 and $13.8 billion dollars to properly compost the waste. These funds could be used to transfer several coal power generating stations to renewable energy each year.

Only around 102 sites in 13 states have been reported with the EPA in relation to polluting groundwater.

The 1976 Resource Conservation & Recovery Act classified waste into two categories. Waste was either hazardous and regulated by the federal government or nonhazardous and left to individual states. Coal ash was labeled as NON Hazardous!

Avoid areas where coal burning power plants are present. If you must travel through these areas for an extended amount of time get used to testing the air and water. Consider buying water in bulk from stores or filtering multiple times. If your air quality is questionable invest in air filtering products when stationary for an extended amount of time and surround your location with plants.

STORAGE LOCATIONS

AL

Perry County (dump site)

Tuscumbia

Stevenson

AZ

Cochise (Az Electric Power Coop)
Joseph City (Az Public Service)

GA

Milledgeville

IL

Havana
Alton

IN

Petersburg (generating and landfill site)
Pines (landfill site) Benzene is/was in the drinking water.
Lawrenceburg (AEP)

KY

Harrodsburg
Louisa American Electric Power (AEP)
Louisville
Ghent

Inez (landfill site)
Martin County Mine dam break 10/11/2000 – 306m gallons spilled in over 100 miles of waterways. By the end of 2000, Jack Spadaro and other investigation team members felt they were beginning to collect enough evidence to issue Massey Energy citations for willful and criminal negligence. In addition, it looked as though their own agency, MSHA, was going to be held accountable as well. But that all changed when George W. Bush moved into the White House. Within days of Bush’s inauguration a new team leader was brought in to head the Martin County Coal investigation. The scope of the investigation was dramatically narrowed — offering yet another dramatic example of how the wholesale takeover of the White House by the energy industry is having a real impact on real lives, not just on the whistle-blowers like Jack Spadaro but on the people he’s trying to protect.

MT

Colstrip

NC

Arden
Belmont (Duke Energy Corp)
Walnut Cove
Spencer
Terrell
Eden
Mount Holly

OH

Brilliant (AEP)
Cheshire
Lake Township
Stark County
Waterford (3 separate locations)

PA

Shippingport (Little Blue Run / First Energy Bruce Mansfield Landfill containment site) 81,000 lbs./yr. of ash created

TN

Kingston (landfill site)
More than ONE billion gallons (5.4m Cubic yards) of thick, black coal sludge on site. Enough to fill more than 550 [sic] Olympic-sized swimming pools. [1266 pools x 790K gals/pool]

About December 22, 2008 the dam collapsed. Sludge spread out over hundreds of acres, fouling waterways, and burying over 40 homes while people were sleeping.

Knoxville / Swan Pond
300 acres were coated with debris in Swan Pond, a rural community about 35 miles west of Knoxville.

Clinton
Cumberland City

WV

Willow Island
(Allegheny Energy)

Logan County
Buffalo Mining Company
2/26/1972 – 132 million gallons of slurry suddenly flooded the Buffalo Creek Valley floor, destroying or partially destroying 17 communities. 125 people were killed. 4,000 people were left homeless.

The Martin County Coal slurry impoundment is 70 acres in size and has a capacity of more than 2 billion gallons. Part of the lagoon is situated above underground mines. In the early morning hours of Oct. 11, 2000, the bottom of the slurry impoundment broke into one of the mines. A torrent of sludge and water blasted through about two miles of underground mines until the flood punched out of a mine opening in the side of a mountain and began flooding Coldwater Creek.

Whitesville
There is a grade school adjacent to the Independence Coal Plant. The school does not let coal opponents speak or share propaganda but the Coal supporters have a constant presence.
http://reclaimdemocracy.org/articles_2003/martin_coal_slurry_spill.php

St. Albans

Moundsville

New Haven

COAL related COMPANIES (11+)

-Nearly every state has a coal related company but here are the ones affecting the most people.

TVA – Tenn Valley Authority
IPL – Indianapolis Power & Light
Massey Energy – parent of Martin County Coal Mine
First Energy Generation – PA
Allegheny Energy
American Electric Power
Arizona Electric Power Coop
Duke Energy Corp.
Georgia Power
Kentucky Utils Co.
Louisvilla Gas & Electric Co.
PPL Montana LLC
Progress Energy Carolinas

COAL OPPONENTS

Lisa Evans – Earthjusitce

EPA

Sen. Barbara Boxer is protesting that EPA release the locations of 44 hazardous ash waste sites

Jack Spadaro – fired as Superintendent of National Mine Safety and Health Academy after Martin County Spill. His team advised the dam was failing and the spill was going to happen but superiors approved more sludge to be added to the pool instead.

Ernest Norsworthy – TVA activist

Conrad Volz – Univ. of Pitt Enviro Professor

COAL SUPPORTERS

Thmoas Adams (American Coal Ash Assoc. Director)

Tom Bevill (AL)

George Bush and Cabinet (bribes via Campaign Contributions)

Army Corps of Engineers (National Security arguement)

Sen. Evan Bayh (avg. $126k.yr. in contributions from power utilities) Drafted and Signed a 2009 letter with 26 other Senators to urge the EPA to leave coal ash regulation to the states.

Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (Coal Ash Disposal regulators group)

RESOURCES:

http://www.epa.gov/superfund/

http://norsworthyopinion.com

http://easyopinionsoutlink.blogspot.com/2009/01/tennessee-sludge-spill-government.html

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/articles_2003/martin_coal_slurry_spill.php

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/industrial/special/fossil/ccrs-fs/index.htm

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