Disaster in Waiting: Toxic Coal Ash Disposal in Impoundments at Power Plants. USEPA data shows power plants disposing of high volumes of toxic metals in open lagoons.

Jan 7, 2009

The massive spill of coal ash from TVA’s Kingston plant in Tennessee in December dramatized the cost of unsafe disposal practices. EIP’s report identifies those facilities that dispose of toxic metals in surface impoundments in high volumes, in some cases greater than amounts reported by Kingston.

Note: After this report was released, Stanton Energy Center in Orlando, Florida has contacted EIP to inform us that the company mistakenly submitted incorrect information to the USEPA’s Toxics Release Inventory. According to Stanton Energy Center, the company incorrectly reported that their coal combustion waste is disposed of in a surface impoundment.  Stanton Energy informed EIP that their coal combustion waste is actually deposited in a dry landfill, and the company intends to submit a revised Toxics Release report to the USEPA.

  • For the Press Release, click here.
  • For the EIP Report, click here.
  • For Table A: Industry-wide Disposal of Arsenic, Chromium, Lead, Nickel, Selenium, and Thallium in Surface Impoundments and Landfills, click here.
  • For Table B: Top 50 Worst Polluters, click here.
  • For Table C: Index of Facilities Appearing on Top 50 Lists, click here.
  • For Appendix I: Health Effects from Arsenic, Chromium, Lead, Nickel, Selenium, and Thallium, click here.
  • For Appendix II: Safe Disposal Practices for Coal Combustion Waste, click here.
  • For Appendix III: History of USEPA’s Failures in Regulation of Coal Combustion Waste,click here.
  • For the 2007 EPA Report:  Damage from Coal Ash Disposal Sites, please click here.
  • For Appendix C:  Damage Case Reports, please click here.
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