Wednesday, August 01, 2007

County Takes Action to Stop Poisoning of Wells

Executive Leopold has introduced emergency legislation to stop a practice that has been decried on this site a number of times, the storage of fly ash in soils where it can leech into groundwater.

Fly ash, a particularly nasty by-product of burning coal, is an amalgam of goodies, often including such heavy metals as: nickel, vanadium, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, barium, chromium, copper, molybdenum, zinc, lead, selenium, uranium, thorium, and radium. Earlier this year, the EPA released a report on the potential dangers of fly ash to human health.

The legislation would prohibit the disposal of fly ash anywhere in the County. Let's hope it passes unanimously.

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