TV News LIES

Tuesday, Jul 29th

Last update12:22:36 AM GMT

You are here News Environment High Levels of Coal Ash Contaminants Found in N.C. Waters

High Levels of Coal Ash Contaminants Found in N.C. Waters

E-mail Print PDF

Coal ashA Duke University-led study has found high levels of arsenic, selenium and other toxic elements in coal ash effluents and in North Carolina lakes and rivers located downstream from coal-fired power plants’ settling ponds.

Researchers collected and analyzed more than 300 water samples from 11 lakes and rivers for the study, which was published today in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology.

“In several cases, we found contamination levels that far exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for safe drinking water and aquatic life,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.  

Some of the highest levels were found in coal ash pond effluents flowing to Mountain Island Lake, a primary drinking water source for Charlotte, and also to the French Broad River in Asheville. Hyco and Mayo lakes, two popular recreation lakes in the northern part of the state were also found to have high contaminant levels in the lake water.

Concern about the environmental impacts of coal-fired power generation has led to tighter regulation of the industry in recent years, but most measures have focused on reducing plants’ emissions into the atmosphere under the Clean Air Act, Vengosh said.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


UK to accept bids for oil and gas exploration after fracking caused earthquakes

UK to allow frackingThe British government said Monday that energy companies will be able to bid for licenses to...

Fire teams battle two fast-moving California blazes

Fires in CaliforniaFire crews are battling two fast-moving wildfires in California that threatened many homes and forced hundreds...

Coal-exporting town of Norfolk, Va. fights rising seas

Norfolk rising seaNorfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.The region exports more coal —...

EPA fails to address methane leaks from gas pipelines -watchdog

methane leaking from pipelinesThe internal watchdog of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday that the regulator does...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!