EPA releases list of high-risk coal ash sites
The EPA published a list of 44 coal surry sites. The reason they are disclosing this information now is due to the high risk to humans. It was delaying direct release of the information because the Army Corp of Engineers was stating there was a "national security" risk.
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The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released a list of 44 coal-fired power plant waste sites in 10 states with a high hazard potential, including 12 sites in North Carolina , seven in Kentucky and a large storage pond in Pennsylvania .
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The list is the result of an investigation that the EPA ordered after the failure of a Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash pond in Kingston, Tenn. , flooded more than 300 acres of land in December. After the spill, the EPA required electric utilities that store coal ash in surface impoundments to respond to mandatory questionnaires about their sites.
The EPA initially refused to disclose the location of the high-hazard sites to the public, saying it would share the information only with members of Congress and their staffs.
"The presence of liquid coal ash impoundments near our homes, schools and business could pose a serious risk to life and property in the event of an impoundment rupture," said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson...
The Environmental Protection Agency says it will inspect each of the 44 coal ash sites near the communities to make certain they are structurally sound. The sites are being classified as potentially highly hazardous because they are near where people live and not because of any discovered defect.
Until now, the site list has not been provided to the public. Earlier this month the Army Corps of Engineers said it didn't want the locations disclosed because of national security.
And what was the estimated cost of the single incident?
The December spill in Kingston flooded 300 acres and released coal ash into the Emory and Clinch rivers in Tennessee . No one was killed, but homes and other property were damaged. The TVA estimated cleanup costs at up to $825 million .