Coal ash can harm environment
Coal ash is also known as fly ash, the result of burning coal in coal powered power plants and is increasingly known and being spoken out by those in the know as dangerous to humans and the environment:
“Coal ash contains heavy metals such as mercury and other toxic materials including arsenic, particulate matter, dioxin and furan,” said Dr. Romeo Quijano, Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific Philippine coordinator in a forum in Cebu City on Wednesday.
I looked up furan and found several links to furan and coal plants – and even the government looked into the process used to help mitigate some of the mercury from the resultant process of burning coal – the best the government could say about, it in this case, was that it didn’t add to the toxicity of fly ash. Huh? So they acknowledge fly ash is toxic? So, why has it not been regulated in the past? Follow the money trail.
Doesn’t that tell you something about fly ash? Doesn’t that tell you that the powers that be are not looking at fly ash as a harmful substance that can actually harm humans and the environment in the vicinity of coal plants (and downstream/down wind) and dumping grounds of fly ash (read: poorer communities that no one seems to care about, like the poor/depressed county where Dendron, VA is located, or the the poor/depressed areas of Appalachia, or the poor/depressed areas in Alabama, etc.) at least when huge amounts of money can be made — because they want electricity for the power hungry in the country who wish not to curb their power hungry habits?
People in these financially depressed/poorer areas where new coal powered plants are wished to be built (or have already been built), or where they wish to dump the coal ash/fly ash — with promises of tax coffers that will help the poor counties, but not the poor people whose medical bills (they can ill afford) will go up due to toxicity related illnesses, allergies, breathing difficulties, cancers, etc., will go up and infant mortality rate will go up, as well as miscarriage rates, and potentially birth defects as well, all while giving the county more money to build better schools, libraries, county government centers, recreation centers, etc. A true paradox, no?!
Well, look at it another way. What has the county done with all the money that it already gets annually from the nuclear power plant already in the county of Surry? Has it really helped the county which over the last 20-30 yrs still does not look like a county that gets millions of dollars from any direction. And the county from it’s own minutes appears to be in debt up to it’s ears to do what it has already done in the county — to the tune of millions of dollars. Which may be why they are themselves pushing for this coal fired power plant in Dendron, VA?
So, I guess it is to sacrifice any individuals (infants, children, elderly, the ill) who can’t adjust to the additional toxins that will be thrown into the environment — in the entire of Hampton Roads — so that the remaining people in the county of Surry and their administrators (that can hopefully survive the additional toxins (at least for a while) will benefit from these things!? And to h*ll with those who will be the sad recipients of future illnesses, cancers, allergies, and other diseases that will come from this toxicity — that people will succumb to as time goes on. Yeah, let’s just burn that bridge when they come to it, eh?
Oh, wait, that’s not entirely true … they will have the money to provide health care and welfare for those who can no longer take care of themselves, and make themselves feel better about being the benevolent caregivers while reaping the profits?!?
More from the article:
“The routes of exposure are through inhalation, ingestion, skin contact and skin absorption,” said Quijano who is also a professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology UP Manila College of Medicine.
On human health, Quijanoc said was a risk of having cancer, immune system dysfunction, neurobehavioral impairment and blood diseases, as well as diabetes and thyroid dysfunction.
I guess there isn’t enough cancer, lung ailments, allergies, miscarriages, birth defects, etc. in Hampton Roads eh? Let’s tempt providence further….
After the unbelievable Dendron Town Council Meeting for August 2009, I no longer believe in the intelligence of those in charge; I no longer trust that right will prevail. I no longer believe that people who claim to be religious will stand up for the down trodden against financial gain. I have no reason to believe in it any longer.
NOTE: Don’t get me wrong here. I still trust in God to either vindicate us, or help us leave this forsaken place. It’s people with dollar signs in their sights that I no longer trust.