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Maryland citizens, Potomac Riverkeeper, and the Environmental Integrity Project Cite Nearly 13,000 Clean Water Act Violations at Charles County Mirant Fly Ash Landfill
Apr 2, 2008
The Faulkner Fly Ash Storage Facility, operated by the utility Mirant, is discharging selenium, cadmium, and other toxic pollutants into Maryland waters in violation of state law and without a federally required Clean Water Act permit. The toxic pollutants is entering Zekiah Swamp, cited by the Smithsonian as one of the most important ecological areas on the East Coast. Fly ash contains heavy metals, hydrocarbons, and other pollutants that are toxic to both human health and the environment. Coal-fired power plants in the U.S. produce approximately 130 million tons of fly ash and other coal combustion waste each year, and the unregulated disposal of this waste has contributed to surface water and ground water contamination in at least thirteen different states.