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Coal ash update: Could’ve been worse

It appears that yesterday’s coal ash spill in Maryland wasn’t bad as it could have been. The DCist, via the Associated Press, reported yesterday evening that the spill hasn’t done much harm.

So it looks like the toxins and discoloration from the spill won’t make it down to the District. A huge disappointment, I know.  But given the EPA’s recent track record of finding signs of water pollution from coal ash, we probably don’t have to wait too long before another incident rolls along.

One phrase from the AP story does sound rather disconcerting, though:

Still, Maryland state regulators were concerned about a potential environmental threat from the sludge, which could contain high concentrations of selenium, sulfate, arsenic, iron or manganese.

The last time I checked, selenium, sulfate, arsenic, iron and manganese aren’t things you’d want to drink, and are a bit too caustic for a Brita filter to handle. But hey, who really wants to drink plain old non-toxic water, anyways?

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March 11, 2009 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

Care for a few more toxins in your water?

I’ve spent a few days wondering what subject would be most appropriate for Politics and Quirk’s first post. Pandas (I warned you in the “About” section)? Washington, D.C.’ s cupcake-pocalypse? FedEx Kinko’s announcement that they’re offering free resume printing (another pleasant reminder that we’re in a recession)?

Granted, these are all good topics, sure to make it in this blog at some point. But, I feel like I have to draw some attention to the current state of the Potomac River … and my current state of frustration toward anyone who claims that there really is such a thing as “clean” coal. (more…)

March 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm Leave a comment


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