Friday, March 13, 2009

Environmental agency says Texas leads nation in production of coal ash waste

March 13, 2009 - As the Environmental Protection Agency moves toward controlling coal ash waste from power plants, a new study finds Texas leading the nation in current and proposed production of the waste, which contains toxic metals.

Coal ash waste has been in the news since a holding pond dam in Tennessee broke on Dec. 22, spilling 1 billion gallons of sludge. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said this week that the agency will examine safety issues nationwide and the waste's effect on water quality.

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