What Is Coal Ash and Why Is It Dangerous? – The New York Times
The phrase “coal ash” made headlines this week after a dam on a lake at the site of a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., was breached, allowing the hazardous ash into a river that supplies drinking water to much of the southeastern part of the state.
The plant that was shut down, owned by Duke Energy, had been a growing concern since last week after heavy rains associated with Hurricane Florence caused a coal ash landfill at the site to erode, spilling ash onto a roadway.
What is coal ash?
What remains after coal is burned includes fly ash, bottom ash and so-called scrubber sludge, said Lisa Evans, chief counsel to Earthjustice, an environmental law organization.
Solar, wind plus water power don’t produce toxic poisonous waste that tends up in water, air and soil, as do coal, oil and nuclear monopolies.
Renewables don’t all quit working during storms and are not out of action if an area floods, as are coal, oil and nuclear plants.