mmcoal wrote:I know we have gone over coal ash uses, but does anyone know if it is actually safe to keep spreading in a driveway or in a pile in the backyard? Doesn't it produce acid when it gets wet? I have plenty of areas on my property for the ashes, but I want to make sure it won't hurt my ground water in the long run. Thanks, Chris
I take my ash to the township building where they mix it with rock salt and spread it on the roads when it snows. Most of the local towns still have curbside pickup of ashes just like garbage. On ash day you drive down the road and see ash tubs by the curb instead of garbage cans.
If you have a drilled well; the well driller who drilled my well said they drill to solid rock and then they case and seal it to that point (50’ – 60’ around here, varies depending where you are) your well water comes from below that point, they do not want surface water to be getting into the well so I would not worry about that.
What would you do with a big pile of ash in the back yard? Considering you don’t have a plan for them, the dirt factor and your uneasiness about having them around I can’t blame you for sending them out with the garbage. If it works for you I’m happy, you’re happy, we’re all happy.