Coal ash disposal on the mainland USA

chipotle

"On December 22, 2008, a dike ruptured at the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant and spilled more than a billion gallons of coal ash. Elmer Lowe was hired as a clean-up worker and is part of an ongoing lawsuit against the company that hired him.

Lowe said he had been "in perfect health" when he was tasked with cleaning up the spill without the necessary protective gear.

"It looked like it was white, and it was clay, and it was nasty mud," Lowe's wife, Donna, said. "But it wasn't mud, it was the coal ash on him." Lowe had gone from an active, healthy man to weighing just 112 pounds and prescribed several medications.

The Obama administration responded to the spill in 2015, establishing new federal regulations for coal ash storage, which included monitoring nearby groundwater as well as the disposal.

However, under President Donald Trump's EPA head, former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, regulations are being weakened. Wheeler declined CBS News' request for an interview.

Gina McCarthy, who led the agency when the regulations were implemented, said that the thousands of tons of coal ash coming into the mainland U.S. from Puerto Rico concern her, as does the current administration's weakening of regulations.

"We were dealing with contamination that had direct impact on human beings," she stressed. "Rulemaking is supposed to protect people. What I would call a rollback and a weakening of protections is focused more on making the industrial pollutant not have to pay to clean up their pollution, and much less about protecting the disadvantaged communities that government is supposed to protect."

Puerto Rico Got Rid of Its Coal Ash Pits. Now the Company Responsible Is Moving Them to Florida.

Toxic coal ash is making its way to Florida from Puerto Rico. Experts warn of its adverse health effects



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Del Phinium

"On December 22, 2008, a dike ruptured at the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant..."

"The Obama administration responded to the spill in 2015"

Why did it take the Obama administration 7 years to respond to the spill?

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chipotle

Try again.


The Obama administration responded to the spill in 2015, establishing new federal regulations for coal ash storage, which included monitoring nearby groundwater as well as the disposal.

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Del Phinium

"Try again."

(sigh) Ok. This is going to sound redundant, but here goes nothing:

Why did it take the Obama administration 7 years to respond to the spill?

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sheesh(5b)

And therein lies the reason some people vote for trump.

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Kathy

Trump rolled back the protections from coal ash put into place by Obama.

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ubro(2a)

"Try again."

(sigh) Ok. This is going to sound redundant, but here goes nothing:

Why did it take the Obama administration 7 years to respond to the spill?

*sigh* Who cares? Obama is gone, he did respond, albeit late, but he did respond appropriately.

Trump is responding inappropriately. But hey! another Trump mulligan, another Trump pass because of Obama, no effort to hold Trump accountable for his actions, he is the golden one, the chosen one who must not be opposed, anything he does can be justified because of Obama.


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margaritadina

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Del Phinium

"Try again."

(sigh) Ok. This is going to sound redundant, but here goes nothing:

Why did it take the Obama administration 7 years to respond to the spill?
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Because it was the least of the Obama's concerns.

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chipotle, what do you want to happen with the coal ash that is been moved to FL? Leave it in Puerto Rico? Or close mines in PR?

Tech is so far advanced right now compared to 2008, I hope that this new batch will be stored better than it was done in 2008.

Pretty sloppy story about the worker. "But it wasn't mud, it was the coal ash on him." ''On him'' - wasn't he suppose to wear a personal protection? Coal miners know by heart what's toxic and what's not in their business.


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Kathy

Obama worked to change the way companies store coal ash. They have ways to store it dry instead of wet now but Trump has rolled that back too. There will be no oversight at all so Trump doesn’t have to do anything. He is making it easy for the next GOP when they rig the election to win. Maybe another Trump.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

“ - wasn't he suppose to wear a personal protection? Coal miners know by heart what's toxic and what's not in their business.”

FTA:

“Elmer Lowe was hired as a clean-up worker and is part of an ongoing lawsuit against the company that hired him.

Lowe said he had been "in perfect health" when he was tasked with cleaning up the spill without the necessary protective gear.

Not a coal miner. Clean up crew.

No protective gear.

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steve2416

I live in NC and Duke Power (now Duke Energy) is tasked with cleaning up the mess they made with coal ash ponds. They are a fabulously rich company but they are adding a small surcharge to the bills of all their non-commercial customers. I call foul.

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bleusblue2

"Why did it take the Obama administration 7 years to respond to the spill?"

Why did it take the Trump administration only 3 years to ... oh you know ... deregulation is GOOD

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Embothrium(Sunset Climate Zone 5, USDA Hardiness Zone 8)

"But Obama!"

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margaritadina

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,maifleur,others(8a)


Lowe said he had been "in perfect health" when he was tasked with cleaning up the spill without the necessary protective gear.

Not a coal miner. Clean up crew.

No protective gear. ''

Yes, I understand that. But this is in the area of the coal mining industry - miners everywhere, at the site and in town. The guy didn't hear anyone talk or no one talked to him? No one saw him walking around covered in arsenic, lead, mercury ? Strange story.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

It’s amazing what people who are desperate for a job will do and put up with isn’t it.

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sheesh(5b)

It's even more amazing what people will say to support Trump and his evil.deeds.

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Embothrium(Sunset Climate Zone 5, USDA Hardiness Zone 8)

Cheap and inadequate disposal of giant amounts of noxious waste material by commercial operations producing such is critical to high levels of profitability being attained and maintained by these entities. When governance and regulation is handled by people who operate in service to the corporate sector, where maximized profitably is the dominant goal then this latter objective becomes the favored one within the government - rather than protection of the public interest.

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