coalmeister wrote:There surely is a wide range of views on just how toxic coal ash is.
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
WASHINGTON – Millions of tons of toxic coal ash is piling up in power plant ponds in 32 states, a practice the federal government has long recognized as a risk to human health and the environment but has left unregulated.
Intresting article. I can say that at the plant I worked at, both the temporary collection ponds and landfill were linered and monitored by the state pretty closely. They also monitor ground water as well.
These are important issues, but the average citizen needs to realize that with more regulation and tighter environmental rules come much, much, much higher utility bills. Take a look at what happened in Maryland after the government got involved... electric bills went up as much as 300% in some areas.
I want companies to be accountable and responsible for being good stewards in our communities but at the same time I don't want to pay for it with higher bills each month... it's a catch 22. Companies need to be profitable or they don't produce the things we need.
And with the global warming freaks seeming to gain ground there will be no ceiling to how high consumer costs will climb. Just listen to what our new pres has said during his campaign... power companies will go bankrupt, coal suppliers will go belly up, and consumers will pay more... much more.