TV News LIES

Monday, Dec 22nd

Last update06:35:19 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...


U.S. Seeks BP Fine of Up to $18 Billion for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP fine sought by USThe government wants BP Plc (BP/) to pay $16 billion to $18 billion in water-pollution fines...

Major U.S. cities have passed the 'tipping point' for sea level rise, according to a new study

US cities pass tipping point for ocean riseWashington, D.C. and Annapolis, Md. are already past a "tipping point" for frequent flooding caused by...

Gray wolf to be placed back on endangered list

Gray wolfA U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the gray wolf in the Great Lakes region be...

Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

Whaling protetsers in contemptRadical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of...
 
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!