In recent weeks KMOX News has reported on the national debate over what to do with the ash produced by coal-fired power plants. This week the arguments are local as Franklin County, Missouri officials continue to review plans by Ameren to build a massive coal waste storage facility near the Missouri River.
A citizens group from rural Missouri is so fired-up over the hazards of coal-fired power — they’re travelling miles to tell federal regulators about their fears.
Imagine acres of ponds — not brimming with wildlife — but full of millions of tons of ash from power plants. It’s reality at dozens of sites in Missouri and Illinois. This week KMOX News told you about fears those ponds are leaching dangerous metals into the environment. But experts say there may be something better.
Would you consider something that contains arsenic and lead hazardous? That’s the question federal regulators are asking about coal ash, the waste generated from burning coal for power.
Tuesday, KMOX News told you about a problem that’s piling up in Missouri — coal waste. Coal-fired power plants in Missouri generate more than a million tons of waste a year.
When you flip on the light switch or use a hairdryer every morning, you’re contributing to a growing problem.