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Study: Coal ash not culprit for cancer-causing contaminant

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic rock found in North Carolina and nearby states than the pits used to store the waste ...

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New Ohio study digs into water contamination from fracking

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Dr. Amy Townsend-Small and her team at the University of Cincinnati conducted a study in Ohio testing private well water to see if methane gas from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is reaching drinking water. The short answer is no. Townsend and her team set up their tests to measure well water before, during and after fracking began, unlike studies done ...

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Coal ash landfill may see some legal action

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A couple of environmental groups are considering legal action if a Greene County coal ash landfill is reactivated. Earthjustice, a nonprofit group, and the Sierra Club are threatening the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with legal action if the department allows FirstEnergy Corp.’s Greene County coal ash landfill to be reactivated.  Charles McPhedran, an attorney with the nonprofit group, says ...

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