Susie Madrak, Crooks and Liars: Well, my goodness. It looks as though the people in the path of that massive ash spill are going to be, um, immunologically challenged!
Yes, despite offical assurances, it turns out there's all kinds of nasty stuff in the sludge. And surprise, surprise - the EPA knew, because they'd already released a study:
The risk assessment examined 181 coal combustion waste disposal sites throughout the country and found that unlined coal ash waste ponds pose a cancer risk 900 times above what the government considers "acceptable." The report also found that coal ash disposal sites release toxic chemicals and metals such as arsenic, lead, boron, selenium, cadmium, thallium, and other pollutants at levels that endanger human health and the environment.
"Clean" coal, huh?
LSB: A billion gallons of toxic sludge spilled onto 300 acres... if my math is correct, that is 333,333 per acre (approximately)... of toxic waste... leeching into the soil and water tables... posing a risk 900 times above what the government considers acceptable... If that is the "Bush government," the unacceptable risk is probably several times that amount in reality. We can't get green technology soon enough!