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Bipartisan group takes the correct approach on coal ash

August 12, 2013

A broad, bipartisan coalition of lawmakers supports Rep. David McKinley’s bill to regulate coal ash. Democrats in the Senate should take the same open-minded view of the measure....

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Aug-12-13 8:22 AM

Technologies are improving everyday regarding making coal more environmentally safe. The power plant in Washingtonville is now using Scrubbers which is an apparatus that cleans the gases passing through the smokestack. The byproduct of these scrubbers is synthetic gypsum. This gypsum in Washingtonville is transported next door by conveyor to Unites States Gypsum (USG) and is used for the production of drywall.

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Aug-12-13 6:09 AM

Why is it that every attempt to ensure the protection of our environment, particularly our water supply, is labeled a "War on Coal?"

There is no War on Coal with a deliberate attempt by the current administration to shut down the coal industry. That terminology is a deliberate attempt by the coal industry to keep the status quo and exempt status of potentially hazardous coal wastes and residuals.

Current debate about coal ash is not designed to shut down coal fired electric plants, but rather to prevent future spills and contamination of groundwater like the 2008 event in Kingston, TN.

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