EPA failed to disclose coal ash-related health risks

Newly-released report shows increased risk of cancer for those living near coal ash disposal sites

By JASON HANCOCK
The Iowa Independent

People who live near near sites used to store ash or sludge from coal-fired power plants have a one in 50 chance of developing cancer, according to a just released government report kept from the public for seven years by the Bush Administration.

The data, compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2002 and released Thursday by the watchdog groups Earth Justice and the Environmental Integrity Project, suggests that environmental contamination from the storage sites could last for a century or longer. Read more


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