There are many substances which can harm people’s health. Watch this video to understand why both coal ash and its wastewater can be dangerous.
The power plant may discharge it into areas of impoundment or landfills. Some may also discharge it into waterways nearby in accordance with the facility’s water discharge permission. Mercury, Cadmium, and arsenic are the most common contaminants in coal ash. If not properly managed, could result in groundwater contamination and waterways and drinking water pollution. Short-term exposure can bring irritation of the nose or throat nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and shortness of breath. Long-term exposure can lead to liver damage, kidney damage heart arrhythmias, a variety of cancers. Despite the protests of those who have suffered with this proven toxic material and its toxins, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has refused for years to recognize coal ash as harmful and waste. The waste from coal ash is pushing to put money into alternative energy sources, and eliminate the coal ash from past history.