Little Blue Coal Ash Pond Ordered Closed A Strong Rebuke To Congressman McKinley
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Yeah, like coal ash is good for you health and welfare!
The Little Blue coal ash pond has been ordered closed — finally.
This gigantic coal ash dump sits on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border. As the largest coal ash pond in America, it has been leaking and polluting our water for decades with truly scary toxics. The facility was never engineered to even marginal safety standards. Yet owner First Energy poured billions of gallons of toxic coal ash slurry into the pond — or should we say lake?
Now the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection PADEP) has ordered Little Blue closed. First Energy will have to find another way to dispose of its coal ash if they keep producing ash there. And the company is required to remediate contaminated home water supplies in the vicinity of the dump.
This comes as a stern rebuke to our Congressman David McKinley. Ever since going to Washington in 2011 McKinley has waged an unholy had in the service of coal ash and the companies who benefit from disposing of it cheaply and unsafely. The Congressman has made no effort to hide his loyalty to the corporations who create and must dispose of coal ash — in particular the owners of coal fired power plants — and not to the health and safety of the people he is supposed to represent.
Mr. McKinley has constantly demanded that regulators keep their hands off coal ash. He has continuously insisted that coal ash is no more dangerous than the dirt in your yard. Now PADEP and the court have made it crystal clear that coal ash is dangerous stuff, and we in West Virginia deserve to have regulations in place that protect our health.
I would like to think that this decision will begin to open Congressman McKinley’s eyes to the dangers of toxic coal ash and to his compelling moral responsibility to protect his constituents’ health and safety — not his corporate cronies’ bottom lines.