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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Report Highlights Extent Of Coal Plant Water Pollution, OMB Obstruction

New Report Highlights Extent Of Coal Plant Water Pollution, OMB Obstruction

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups, highlights the critical need to clean up power plant water pollution. The report, "Closing the Floodgates: How the Coal Industry Is Poisoning Our Water and How We Can Stop It," found that:
  • In the absence of any effective pollution limit, coal plants have become by far the largest source of toxic water pollution in the country, based on toxicity.
  • Of the 274 coal plants that discharge coal ash and scrubber wastewater into waterways, nearly 70 percent (188) have no limits on the toxics most commonly found in these discharges (arsenic, boron, cadmium, lead, mercury, and selenium) that are dumped directly into rivers, lakes, streams and bays.
  • Of these 274 coal plants, more than one-third (102) have no requirements to monitor or report discharges of these toxic metals to government agencies or the public.
  • A total of 71 coal plants surveyed discharge toxic water pollution into rivers, lakes, streams and bays that have already been declared impaired due to poor water quality. Of these plants that are dumping toxic metals into impaired waterways, more than three out of four coal plants (59) have no permit that limits the amount of toxic metals it can dump.
  • Nearly half of the coal plants surveyed (187) are operating with an expired Clean Water Act permit. 53 of these power plants are operating with permits that expired five or more years ago.

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