Coal Ash Disaster, and Coal Sludge Activism
As a country, we tend to forget the dangers of current methods of processing coal. We focus on the myth of “clean coal” and don’t pay much attention to stories such as the December 22nd Coal Ash Disaster in Kingston, Tenn.,
The 65 foot tall pile of 1.6 billion gallons of coal ash created by years of burning coal for electricity broke the dam that separated it from the nearby Emory river, spilling into the river and burying 400 acres of land.
Tonight on Circle a Radio we talk with Matt Landon of United Mountain Defense about the aftermath of the disaster, and we talk to Patricia Feeney and Joe Stanley of the Sludge Saftey Project in West Virginia about their community and legislative fight against storage of the toxic byproducts .
How connected you are to coal mining?
http://www.ilovemountains.org/myconnection/, and type in your zip code, and they’ll tell you where your coal is coming from
Sludgesafety.org – citizens report on underground injection and community action toolkit
Ohio valley environmental coalition ovec.org
Burning the future