Dramatic Results in South Carolina after Coal Ash Removal

Groundwater contamination dramatically declined along the Catawba-Wateree River in South Carolina after a utility was required to remove coal ash from a site next to the river. With 900,000 tons of coal ash removed, 1/3 of the total, groundwater levels of arsenic saw a 99% decrease. Other pollutants at the site include lead, cadmium, and sulfate at lower levels. A citizens group lawsuit resulted in a settlement agreement that South Carolina Electric and Gas would remove…

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