Environmental and Native American advocacy groups have filed suit against the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency this week in a bid to spur the federal government to finalize regulations on the storage and disposal of coal ash. Coal ash, a byproduct of coal burning power plants, can have significant negative effects on the surrounding environment. Often stored in open pits the size of small lakes or ponds nearby a coal power plant, and can often poison ground water with the heavy metals it contains. Those heavy metals include beryllium , arsenic, boron, chromium, cadmium, chromium VI, lead, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, mercury, selenium, thallium, strontium, dioxins, vanadium and PAH compounds. If you, a child or elderly relative has been sickened by living near a Nevada coal ash dump, and would like reimbursement for pain and suffering, lost work and medical costs, contact Benson and Bingham today.
In 2010, Nevada power generator, NV Energy, recently was applied to expand their coal ash landfill near their Reid Gardner Power Plant just Northwest of Las Vegas. The plan was denied in November 2011 when it was found the power supplier had not proved they needed additional coal ash capacity or adequately detail what toxins would be stored at the site. Finally, the utility’s petition was denied because it did not perform adequate environmental impact statements. If you have been sickened by the Reid Gardner Coal Ash, contact Benson and Bingham for a free legal consultation today.
In December 2008, the coal ash dump at the Kingston Fossil Plant, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, burst its dikes and 1.2 square miles of land surround the plant were covered with coal ash. The coal ash and water spread like a flood, destroying homes and choked the Clinch and Emory Rivers. The EPA’s lack of new regulations since the spill prompted the suit.
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