Coal Kills (J.K. York)

High arsenic levels have been discovered in water and sediment samples collected downstream from a coal-fired power plant and coal ash storage facility in western North Carolina, raising concerns about whether contamination from the unlined ash pond is seeping into the environment. Water samples contained arsenic at levels that exceeded the legally permissible limits for surface waters and that were seven times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s limit for drinking water.

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