Lake sediments show decades of coal ash contamination

An analysis of sediments from five North Carolina lakes near coal-burning power plants has found that coal ash pollution of surface waters has been more persistent and widespread than was previously known. The study authors warn that this is likely a problem for every surface water body near a coal plant and will only grow worse as climate change brings more extreme weather events and flooding.An analysis of sediments from five North Carolina lakes near coal-burning power plants has found that coal ash pollution of surface waters has been more persistent and widespread than was previously known. The study authors warn that this is likely a problem for every surface water body near a coal plant and will only grow worse as climate change brings more extreme weather events and flooding.

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