#1: “Clean” Coal Increases Rates of Disease
ALA reports vary greatly, their estimation of premature deaths range from 400 to 30,000. In reality they do not have a clue on the number of premature deaths if any are caused by burning coal. I seem to remember other past predictions, such as the ice age from the 70’s, global warming where millions of people living along the coastline would be homeless and the list goes on and on.
It is obvious that Hendryx is anti-coal, so any conclusions drawn from his so-called are bias in every meaning of the word. Hendryx admits in the Lexington Herald dated June 23 that “Technically it’s true that we don’t have direct environmental data that we can link in this study.” – WALT
Dirty Lie: Coal Combustion Waste Is Harmless
The coal industry and U.S. government would like you to believe that coal ash and other combustion byproducts are harmless–that they aren’t poisoning your drinking water, increasing your risk of reproductive disorders, birth defects, and cancers, and causing a multitude of other public and environmental health problems. The truth is that, by anyone’s definition, coal waste poses a monumental risk to your health and safety.
Coal ash contains concentrated levels of arsenic, chromium, lead, mercury, thorium and uranium. The waste from the combustion of coal also contains numerous toxic, radioactive and carcinogenic compounds. The cancer risks associated with exposure to coal combustion waste are equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes every day, breathing air with radon concentrations 20 times the level considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or drinking water polluted with 20 times the amount of vinyl chloride the EPA has set as the maximum contaminant level. The added cancer risk to kids who drink water contaminated with arsenic from coal combustion waste is 900 times higher than the EPA’s recommended level!
Despite the rhetoric of the coal industry’s high-paid spin doctors, the truth is U.S. coal-fired power plants generate more than 120 million tons of this so-called harmless solid waste every year, enough to fill a million railroad cars–a toxic train 9,600 miles long that would stretch between New York City and Los Angeles 3.5 times. All aboard!