What Is Coal Ash and Why Is It Dangerous? - News Summed Up

What Is Coal Ash and Why Is It Dangerous?


The phrase “coal ash” made headlines this week after a dam on a lake at the site of a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., was breached, allowing the hazardous ash into a river that supplies drinking water to much of the southeastern part of the state. The plant that was shut down, owned by Duke Energy, had been a growing concern since last week after heavy rains associated with Hurricane Florence caused a coal ash landfill at the site to erode, spilling ash onto a roadway. What is coal ash? Coal ash is the powdery substance that remains after burning coal. What remains after coal is burned includes fly ash, bottom ash and so-called scrubber sludge, said Lisa Evans, chief counsel to Earthjustice, an environmental law organization.


Source: New York Times September 22, 2018 00:51 UTC



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