Coal Ash and Its Impacts on Water Quality with Frank Holleman

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Frank Holleman, a lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center, joins The Water Values Podcast and discusses a number of issues concerning coal ash. The Kingston and Dan River coal ash spills focused much-needed attention on the disposal of coal ash from electric generating stations. From his perspective in the Southeast, Frank addresses the contaminants contained in coal ash, its historical manner of disposal and storage, the evolution of utilities in dealing with coal ash storage issues, and much more. While we still have some ground to cover in cleaning up coal ash storage sites and thereby protecting water quality, the good news is that utilities have in large measure evolved from coal ash lagoon storage to the more preferable solution of dry, lined storage, or even re-use of coal ash in products like cement.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • The contaminants present in coal ash
  • Why coal ash poses a water quality issue
  • The historical method of coal ash disposal and storage
  • The Kingston and Dan River coal ash spills
  • How difficult it is to clean up a coal ash spill
  • The impacts on water quality and even drinking water from a coal ash spill
  • How the criminal liability provisions of the Clean Water Act have helped cause utilities to think differently about coal ash disposal and storage
  • What utility executive are now saying is the preferred way to dispose of coal ash
  • The potential areas of re-use for coal ash

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