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Main Title Impacts on water quality from placement of coal combustion waste in Pennsylvania coal mines
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Stant, Jeff.
Evans, Lisa
Gadinski, Robert
Norris, Charles
Year Published 2007
OCLC Number 173260507
Subjects Coal ash--Environmental aspects--Pennsylvania ; Acid mine drainage--Environmental aspects--Pennsylvania ; Coal mine waste--Environmental aspects--Pennsylvania ; Coal mines and mining--Environmental aspects--Pennsylvania
Internet Access
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  TD899.M5I56 2007 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 10/05/2007
Collation {2009} p. : ill. ; digital, pdf file Boston, MA : Clean Air Task Force, 2007.
Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 24, 2007).
Contents Notes
After four years of exhaustive study, the Task Force is releasing, Impacts of Water Quality from Placement of Coal Combustion Waste in Pennsylvania Coal Mines, a comprehensive examination of monitoring data from 15 coal surface coal mines in Pennsylvania that have received large volumes of coal ash. Despite persistent claims by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that there is no evidence that coal ash has ever contaminated water in a coal mine in Pennsylvania, this Study finds plenty of evidence from monitoring data that ash is contaminating groundwaters and surface waters in ten of the fifteen mines with levels of lead, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, nickel, zinc, copper, and other pollutants exceeding drinking water standards and water quality standards often by many times. This contamination is posing a threat to humans and the environment and local organizations such as the Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association are already using the data in the study to call for EPA intervention under Superfund to address contamination at the largest minefill studied by the Task Force. The study catalogs basic and serious deficiencies in the permits for these minefills and recommends enforceable safeguards in regulations to isolate the ash, monitor it properly and cleanup the pollution it is causing.