A drone video capturing coal ash streaming out of a dump and flowing toward the Cape Fear RiverNorth Carolina Department of Environmental Quality/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. As soon as it was safe to send a team out, Donna Lisenby, a global advocacy manager with Waterkeeper Alliance who is based in North Carolina, was up at all hours coordinating the work of about two dozen people collecting water samples across the state to measure the environmental disaster wreaked by Hurricane Florence. Lisenby was out there as well: On a small boat, armed with gloves and a life vest, she paddled along the waste-laden river to collect water samples near coal ash sites to determine just how toxic the water is in the aftermath of the storm. She saw one dam that was in such bad shape, the concrete reinforcing it was breaking apart. Coal ash is toxic stuff. A combustion byproduct, it is a concentrated mix of heavy metals, arsenic, mercury, and other unpleasant materials typically held in landfills and ponds that have historically been monitored by little federal oversight. So far, the daily sampling the Waterkeeper Alliance, a water advocacy organization, has taken from three flood… Read full this story
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