By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | March 16, 2017 At 1,100 acres, Sutton Lake is home to schools of largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie. Unfortunately, the lake also contains high levels of selenium, as Duke University scientists at the Nicholas School of the Environment showed using results of a study in […]
An environmental cleanup project underway in South Carolina shows that moving coal ash from leaky, unlined pits located along waterways leads to immediate, dramatic improvements in the groundwater contamination that’s a widespread problem near coal ash dumpsites.
Virginia Residents and the Potomac River Keepers Network Worry about Well Water Near Prince William County Power Plant
The Virginia Department of Health will offer well water users near Dominion Power’s Possum Point power plant additional testing for their wells despite finding no evidence of a threat to them, in the hopes of easing resident concerns about coal ash ponds nearby.
Rowan County health officials held the meeting to answer the questions of area residents who have received warning letters about their wells as part of a statewide effort to sample drinking water wells within 1,500 feet of the “compliance boundary” of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds — the point where the groundwater near an ash pond is required by law to be clean.
More Rowan residents are without clean drinking water after the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural on Thursday released additional test results for wells near Buck Steam Station.
Duke Energy just pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor violations of the Clean Water Act committed by three of its subsidiaries in the Dan River spill and agreed to pay $68 million in fines that cannot be passed to customers, and $34 million for environmental projects.
Pollution test results from last year show that the Hartsville plant’s coal waste pond has released higher levels of arsenic into groundwater than state regulators ever had recorded there. In some cases, the arsenic levels rival those at other power plant sites in South Carolina that already are undergoing cleanup.
Just because federal regulators didn’t inspect a chemical silo or a fertilizer plant or coal ash dump, just because they didn’t ban the use of asbestos or PCBs, doesn’t make manufacturers immune from responsibility if there’s a leak or explosion or downstream effect.
While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government–one in our national government and the other in the New York state government.
Coal ash could be contaminating drinking water in southeastern Wisconsin, according to a new report.