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Here we have yet another example illustrating the oxymoron that is "clean coal."
Some 4,000 gallons of coal ash sludge sullied the Potomac River Sunday after a pipeline ruptured at a coal-burning power plant in Hagerstown, Md. Sunday, befouling the banks along the West Virginia side.
A hole about the size of a dime leaked the toxic mess Sunday evening until early Monday morning. Clearly, this leak is minuscule compared to the billion-gallon deluge loosed from the TVA Kingston Plant in late-December, but we've seen from the emerging health problems among Kingston and Harriman residents that the ash's contents are nothing to sneeze at.
The EPA is looking into rules for regulating storage ponds. The Feds must now see coal ash as not simply a TVA problem, but a problem with coal altogether.