Clean coal is a myth.
Before I get into these facts about coal, listen to this Green Divas myEARTH360 Report about Duke Energy (a company I’d like to duke it out with) and their coal ash, uh, situation (the filthy byproduct of burning coal) and a bit of encouraging environmental news…
Now for the dirty, disturbing facts about coal…
1. There are no federal safeguards to protect our communities from coal ash or other water pollution caused by burning coal—and yet there are more than 1,100 coal ash sites nationwide.
2. Every year, the nation’s coal plants produce 140 million tons of coal ash pollution, the toxic by-product that is left over after the coal is burned.
3. Currently, coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of unregulated mercury pollution in the United States, emitting over 33 tons of toxic mercury each year. Burning coal releases toxic mercury that rains down into rivers and streams. This poison then accumulates in the food chain, eventually making its way into our bodies when we eat contaminated fish. Download the Safe Sushi app!
4. Coal ash pollution contains high levels of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, selenium, and other cancer causing agents.
5. Living near a wet coal ash storage pond is significantly more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, according to a risk assessment done by the EPA.
Listen the the latest episode of The Green Divas Radio Show…
P.S. I thought I could embed the 60 Minutes episode about Duke Energy. But you’ll have to watch it on their site.