There are new details about a troubled Fayette County coal waste dump. State environmental regulators are stepping in to stop planned blasting on the property, blasting that could have caused landslides or cave-ins.
Environmentalists call it “fly ash;” the power industry calls it “scrubber waste.” Regardless, residents of one Fayette County town say it’s covering their yards and streets and causing serious health problems.
A plan to ship coal waste on barges from Beaver to Fayette County is not going over well.
Fly ash and calcium sulfate trapped at First Energy’s Bruce Mansfield plant is pumped through a seven mile long pipeline into the three-square mile Little Blue lagoon — creating what environmentalists call a dangerous cocktail of chemicals and heavy metals.
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