Lake Michigan ash disaster in the making
I saw this story on the news last night and it is really scary the amount of ash that is pouring into the lake. I think it was on MSNBC and it takes years and billions to clean up a mess like this. The midwest depends on the clean water from Lake Michigan. How the hell did this happen?
Disastrous collapse comes just weeks after House votes against strong coal ash protections – will the Senate vote to protect Americans?
LAKE MICHIGAN – A partial retaining bluff collapse Monday at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Wisconsin sent toxic coal ash spewing into Lake Michigan. This collapse comes just weeks after the U.S. House voted to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from protecting Americans from coal ash.
In response, Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club‘s Beyond Coal Campaign issued the following statement:
“The EPA has been trying to enact national protections to stop this kind of disastrous spill from happening again, ever since the TVA disaster in 2008, and our Congress has been blocking them every step of the way. As a result, communities across the nation remain at risk and unprotected. This spill in the Great Lakes is a tragic reminder of why the status quo is not good enough. As long as Congress interferes, spills like this are going to happen, and dozens of communities are at risk. Congress needs to back off and allow the EPA to finalize strong protections.
- Editorial: House vote to strip the EPA of authority over coal ash disposal (knoxnews.com)
- Lake Michigan and Project GREEN Students Star in new “To the Lake” Video (thewmeacblog.org)
Posted on November 2, 2011, in Government Trough, Pig Trough and tagged EPA, Fly ash, Great Lakes, Sierra Club, United States, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States House of Representatives. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.