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Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Coal Ash Pond and Imperil Other Toxic Sites

By Kendra Pierre-Louis, Nadja Popovich and Hiroko Tabuchi

Surging floodwaters from Florence and its torrential rains, which experts link at least in part to climate change, have released coal ash – a byproduct of coal burning that contains mercury, arsenic and other toxic substances – into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. The torrent has also overrun several lagoons of pig waste in the state.

09/24/18