Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash (Full Length)

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. Watch “Showdown in Coal Country” – http://bit.ly/16LRifW Watch “Petcoke: Toxic Waste in the Windy City” – http://bit.ly/1E2YejO Read “Green Groups Say Another Coal Ash Spill Remains Likely, One Year After North Carolina Accident” – http://bit.ly/1A7dVaC Read “Humans Are Destroying the Environment at a Rate Unprecedented in Over 10,000 Years” – http://bit.ly/1vgvC1R Read “The Economic Cost of Carbon Pollution Is Much Greater Than Estimated, Say Stanford University Researchers” – http://bit.ly/1ATb1b0 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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