Burning coal is dirty business. This special report explains how clean air has come at the cost of dirty water and why coal-fired power plant wastewater is poorly regulated. See links below to stories.
Great Lakes states spotty on coal limits; some water contaminants ignored. The United States Environmental Protection Agency is pushing coal-fired power plants to clean-up or eliminate waste they put in waterways.
Dec. 16, 2009
Mercury limits vary for Great Lakes; may harm already polluted waters Enforcement of wastewater discharge is confusing. Here’s why.
Dec. 17, 2009
Few Great Lakes power plants even look for this toxic contaminant. Selenium, a common contaminant in coal plant wastewater, causes deformities in ducks and fish.
Dec. 18, 2009
Cleaning up air could harm quality of water Coal-fired power plants install scrubbers to clean air emissions. But sometimes that means the pollution goes into the water instead of the air.
This is special report is very informative overview and analysis of the environmental impacts of coal fired power plants in the Great Lakes region.
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