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Demise of coal-burning power means toxic ash landfills forever on Great Lakes State shores

When a pile of toxic coal ash tumbled into the clear, blue waters of Lake Michigan nine years ago in Wisconsin, it was called a “freak accident” and a “preventable mess.” It’s exactly what the state of Michigan and power companies that are closing their coal-burning plants want to avoid. After several decades of burning coal to meet Michiganders' electricity needs, Consumers Energy is retiring its coal plants near the Saginaw Bay shoreline and elsewhere, but its coal ash, a form of industrial waste known to contain toxins, will linger there indefinitely.  Read more.....



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