Toxic Waste: Coal Ash

Coal ash, which contains many of the world’s worst carcinogens, is the waste left over when coal is burnt for electricity.

An estimated 113 million tons of coal ash are produced annually in the US, mostly from America’s coal power-plants. Coal Ash is found and stored in almost every state — some of it literally in people’s backyards.

There is very little government oversight and few safeguards in place, so toxic chemicals have been known to leak from these storage sites and into nearby communities, contaminating drinking water and making residents sick.

VICE News visited the areas most affected by this toxic waste.


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