This Lake Shouldn’t Be Blue (Excerpt from ‘Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash’)

Coal ash, which contains many of the world’s worst carcinogens, is what’s left over when coal is burnt for electricity. An estimated 113 million tons of coal ash are produced annually in the US, and stored in almost every state — some of it literally in people’s backyards. With very little government oversight and few safeguards in place, toxic chemicals have been known to leak from these storage sites and into nearby communities, contaminating drinking water and making residents sick. VICE News travels across the US to meet the people and visit the areas most affected by this toxic waste stream. Since coal production is predicted to remain steady for the next few decades, coal ash will be a problem that will affect the US for years to come. In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Neha Shastry visits Little Blue Run, the largest coal ash impoundment in the US, and speaks to a resident about the environmental effects of this big blue toxic lake. Watch the full length, “Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash” – http://bit.ly/1zDaW66 Watch the extra scene, “Contaminated Drinking Water” – http://bit.ly/1wJHsIf Watch “Showdown in Coal Country” – http://bit.ly/16LRifW Watch “Petcoke: Toxic Waste in the Windy City” – http://bit.ly/1E2YejO Read “The Fossil Fuel Industry Paid This Scientist to Deny Human-Caused Climate Change” – http://bit.ly/1MVE4P5 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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