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_img1 Thomas Christiansen is the new head coach of Leeds United Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Thomas Christiansen as their new head coach.The former APOEL Nicosia boss succeeds Garry Monk, who resigned from the Elland Road hotseat last month.The Danish-born former Spain striker steered APOEL to the last 16 of the Europa League and to the Cypriot first division title last season, but was released by the club on the same day that Monk departed Elland Road.He previously spent two years in charge of AEK Larnaca FC, leading them to consecutive second-place finishes in the Cypriot top-flight.Christiansen’s appointment ends Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani’s three-week search for a new head coach.Predecessor Monk departed on May 25 after just one season at Elland Road and less than 48 hours after Radrizzani had completed his full takeover of the club.Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear said: “We are delighted to make this announcement today as it successfully concludes what has been a thorough and extensive search, following a huge level of interest from all over the football world.“We wanted to appoint someone who can help us create a winning culture at the club and unite everyone connected with Leeds United, from the players to the supporters, ultimately taking the club back to where we all feel we belong.“Thomas was someone who had been on our radar from the very early stages of the process and quickly established himself as the outstanding candidate.“We are confident we have found a man with who can work with us to take the club to the next level.”last_img read more


first_imgA brave showing by St Eunans simply wasn’t enough to see them progress in the Ulster Club Championship against Crossmaglen Rangers at the Athletic Grounds.The Letterkenny side were always on the backfoot after the Armagh champions got off to an early lead and eventually lost 3-11 to 1-7.An early Kyle Carragher goal for Crossmaglen didn’t help Eunans cause. However they managed to keep in touch with some fine points from Conal Dunne and Mark McGowan to leave Crossmaglen 1-6 to 0-4 ahead at half-time.Big John Haran gave Eunans huge hope when he rattled the net just after the restart.However that hope was dashed when free-kick ace Mark McGowan was red-carded just after that.And sensing that Eunans were wounded, Crossmaglen rubbed salt in the wounds as Aaron Kernan netted again for the Armagh team. The evergreen Oisin McConville made it 2-10 to 1-5 as the Glen began to turn the screw.Indeed but for a point blank save from JP Clarke, Eunans could have then found themselves even further behind.That fear became a reality when Paul Grant forced Clarke to pick the ball out of his net for a third time to make it 3-11 to 1-6 for Crossmaglen.Crossmaglen (Armagh) will now play Errigal Ciaran (Tyrone) in the semi-final.ST EUNAN’S OUTCLASSED BY ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS CROSSMAGLEN was last modified: November 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ST EUNAN’S OUTCLASSED BY ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS CROSSMAGLENlast_img read more