OK to dump US mining trash in lakes


Eh, anyone who knows anything about mining trash, please explain this? The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday 6-3 in favor of a mining company who wants to dump 4.5 million tonnes of what’s known as coal slurry into Lower Slate Lake, Alaska.  The slurry is expected to annihilate life in these waters. Wikipedia says the following about coal slurry:

High-profile disasters associated with these slurry impoundments have called into question their safety. In February 1972, three dams holding a mixture of coal slurry and water in Logan County, West Virginia failed in succession: 130 million gallons of toxic water were released in the Buffalo Creek Flood.

Out of a population of 5,000 people, 125 people were killed, 1,121 were injured, and over 4,000 were left homeless. The flood caused 50 million dollars in damages. Despite evidence of negligence, the Pittston Company, which owned the compromised dam, called the event an “Act of God.”

Seriously, how flawed is the Clean Water Act if these things are ok? (And sure, this dumping is planned, so the flooding part isn’t going to happen, but its toxxxic man!)

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2 Responses to “OK to dump US mining trash in lakes”

  1. Sam Says:

    Hi Victor,

    This should help clarify things a bit: http://unearthed.earthjustice.org/2009/06/sacrificial-waters.html



  2. Victor Bernhardtz Says:

    Sam, that does indeed clarify, thanx for providing the link!

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