first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享West Virginia Public Radio:For generations, coal power has fueled American prosperity. But for each shovelful thrown into the furnaces, a pile of ash was left in its place. Today, as coal’s dominance in the power sector wanes, those piles of ash have grown into mountains as coal ash became one of the largest waste streams in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.Hundreds of waste ponds and landfills, many constructed without liners to prevent leaks, dot the American landscape, especially in the coal-rich Ohio Valley. And the ash they contain includes the concentrated remains of the many toxic compounds associated with coal and its combustion, such as arsenic, lead, and radium.The Ohio Valley ReSource and partner station WFPL analyzed newly available data from groundwater monitoring wells near ash disposal sites in the region and found that most show signs of leaking contaminants. At several sites, hazardous compounds are found in groundwater at levels that far exceed federal drinking water standards.What the first round of monitoring data revealed is a toxic blend of coal ash chemicals that appear to be leaching into groundwater across the country. Environmental advocates say the data demonstrate that contamination is ubiquitous, not just in the Ohio Valley but at coal ash sites around the United States.Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law center, found 92 percent of sites showed evidence of contamination in a review of 100 sites across the country. “And this is industry produced data,” Lisa Evans, an attorney with Earthjustice, emphasized. “Data is showing us that across the board there was groundwater contamination at almost every site in the country,” she said.In Kentucky and West Virginia, every power plant covered under the EPA rules had coal ash waste sites with evidence of contaminated groundwater, according to the analysis by WFPL and the Ohio Valley ReSource. Already, three sites in Ohio, four sites in West Virginia and 11 sites in Kentucky have said they will do more testing after finding evidence of possible groundwater contamination.More: Coal ash uncovered: New data reveal widespread contamination at Ohio Valley sites Industry data show widespread contamination from coal ashlast_img read more


first_imgSoutheastern, IN—The National Weather Service says that rain is expected to start around noon as the system moves through the state.  Meteorologists at the Indianapolis office say that less than an inch of snow or ice is possible in southeastern Indiana but rain showers are more likely.As rain develops across southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio, it will continue overnight and may be heavy at times this evening. Rainfall totals of 1 to 1.25 inches my lead to flooding of area creeks and streams and low lying areas. A flash flood watch has been issued for Southeast IN, Northern KY, and portions of Southern Ohio this afternoon and tonight. Be extra careful where high water is typically an issue, and as always, do not attempt to navigate flooded roadways.last_img read more


first_img Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017center_img ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles, George Stevens Academy Eagles and Bucksport Golden Bucks all notched wins on the road in boys’ basketball outings Monday night.Ellsworth 78, Calais 71A 15-point overtime performance lifted the Ellsworth Eagles to a 78-71 win over the Calais Blue Devils after the two teams finished regulation play with the score knotted at 63-all in Calais.The 4-1 Eagles got a standout performance from Nick Bagley, who knocked down six three-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth also got plenty of offensive help from Bryce Harmon, who added 17 points, and Alex Braley, who had four three-pointers and 16 points.In all, the Eagles connected on 13 of 18 attempts from three-point range.Travis Rhodes led Calais with 20 points, including six threes, and Tyler Niles had 19 points.GSA 58, Central 49A solid defensive effort helped the GSA Eagles knock off the Central Red Devils 58-49 in East Corinth.Kyle Ham, one of Central’s big post players, scored 12 first-half points but was held to just two in the second half.“We did a good job shutting down their offense after our halftime adjustments,” said GSA coach Dwayne Carter. “The team played good solid defense the second half, which got us the win.”That allowed the Eagles, who took a small lead in the first quarter, to stay in front the rest of the way in upping their record to 4-3 with their fourth consecutive win.GSA got balanced scoring with 15 points from Taylor Schildroth, 13 from Finn Davis-Batt and 11 from Jarrod Chase.Andrew Prescott led the 6-2 Red Devils with 24 points.Bucksport 54, John Bapst 42In Bangor, the Golden Bucks improved their record to 4-2 with a 64-42 win over the John Bapst Crusaders.With four starters on the bench in the first half due to foul trouble, the Golden Bucks trailed at halftime 23-19.But they rallied in the second half, outscoring the Crusaders 20-8 in the final period.Riley MacLeod led the way for Bucksport with 15 points, Alec Dyer added 12 and Asher Bowden chipped in with nine.Alex Mooney led the Crusaders with 13 points.In earlier action:GSA 77, DI-Stonington 32Kelsey Allen scored 17 points and Jarrod Chase was close behind with 16 as the GSA Eagles romped to a 77-32 win over the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Deer Isle.Jared Gove had nine points for the Mariners, who trailed from the start.Washington Academy 57,Bucksport 50A 22-point effort by Austin Seavey and 19 points from Gage Feeney led the Washington Academy Raiders to a 57-50 win over the Bucksport Golden Bucks on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Bucksport.The Golden Bucks rallied from a 24-point deficit, outscoring the Raiders 23-6 in the final period, but came up short.Asher Bowden finished with 15 points and Tyler Pye added 14 for the Golden Bucks.GSA 84, MDI 76The GSA Eagles notched their third consecutive win on Friday in Blue Hill, knocking off the visiting Mount Desert Island Trojans 84-76.GSA got the job done from the foul line in the final period, connecting on 13 of 16 shots to secure the win.Kelsey Allen had a big game for the Eagles with 32 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.Jarrod Chase also contributed 15 points and Taylor Schildroth had 10 points and eight assists for GSA.Riley Swanson led the way for the still-winless Trojans with 24 points, Russell Kropf added  14, Graham Good had 12 and Aaron Snurkowski chipped in with 11 for MDI.Searsport 63, Sumner 50A slow start forced the Sumner Tigers to play from behind the rest of the way in a 63-50 loss to the Searsport Vikings on Saturday in Sullivan.Searsport jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the opening period and led 34-16 at halftime and 46-33 after three periods.Barrett Grant had a game-high 29 points, Troy Reynolds added 18 and Jake Powell chipped in with 14 for the Vikings.For Sumner, Joey Lamoureux connected on seven three-pointers for 21 points. Alex O’Hara added 12 and Issiac Christiansen had seven for the Tigers, whose record was evened at 3-3. Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017last_img read more


first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, September 8, 2014:•10 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:28 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate.•10:30 a.m. Officers took report of a found bicycle in the 600 block S. C, Wellington.•12:52 p.m. Officers made a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 300 block N. Washington on private property, involving vehicles operated by Sharon K. Hooker, wf, 52, South Haven, and Maria E. Carrasco, 59, Wellington.•1:05 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block Shady Lane, Wellington.•2:55 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington.•3:43 p.m. Wesley M. Reusch, 21, Wellington was arrested and confined on a city municipal bench warrant for probation revocation and failure to appear.•8:52 p.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device by a known suspect in the 400 block N. Blaine, Wellington.last_img read more