Friday, January 2, 2009

Massive coal sludge spill threatens water and health in Tennessee

Since Dec. 22, over a Billion gallons of toxic coal sludge containing arsenic, mercury, copper and other dangerous metals has swamped 300 acres of Tennessee countryside.

The spill, originating at a coal-burning power plant where a retaining wall collapsed, is 100 times larger than the Exxon Valdez disaster, and has contaminated at least one tributary of the Tennessee River with high levels of toxins.

Clean coal? Sure.

The photo above shows the toxic sludge from a previous spill, in Martin Co. Kentucky, where a 300-million gallon sludge spill was termed the "greatest environmental disaster ever" in the southeast.

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