EPA Lists 44 Hazardous Coal Ash Sites

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a statement concerning the potential hazards of 44 coal ash sites around the country that could pose lethal consequences for nearby residents.
Heightened attention has been given to the coal ash sites after one such site in Tennessee flooded last year. The coal ash sites contain hazardous materials including arsenic, selenium, cadmium, lead and mercury. The EPA plans to inspect the sites to determine if they are structurally sound.
“The high hazard potential means there will be probable loss of human life if there is a significant dam failure,” said Matt Hale, director of EPA’s office of research, conservation and recovery. “It is a measure of what would happen if the dam would fail. It is not a measure of the stability of the dam.”
Coal ash, a by-product of coal burning plants, is stored in ponds or dams. The 44 cited in the EPA report are considered dangerous because of their close proximity to homes. A leak or flood could cause catastrophic damage, including the loss of life.
Coal ash dump sites had not been previously made public due to national security issues.
The sites listed in the EPA report are as follows:
The 10 states, the number of sites, and communities are:
_North Carolina, 12 (Belmont, Walnut Cove, Spencer, Eden, Mount Holy, Terrell and Arden).
_Arizona, 9 (Cochise, Joseph City).
_Kentucky, 7 (Louisa, Harrodsburg, Ghent and Louisville).
_Ohio, 6 (Waterford, Brilliant and Cheshire).
_West Virginia, 4 (Willow Island, St. Albans, Moundsville, New Haven).
_Illiniois, 2 (Havana, Alton).
_Indiana, 1 (Lawrenceburg).
_Pennsylvania, 1 (Shippingport).
_Georgia, 1 (Milledgeville).
_Montana, 1 (Colstrip).