Spills of Coal Ash and Chemicals Illustrate Need for EPA
A coal waste containment pond owned by the nation’s largest power company, Duke Energy, ruptured in February, spewing almost 40,000 tons of toxic muck into North Carolina's Dan River.
The disaster -- along with a chemical spill into a West Virginia river -- illustrate the need for strong regulatory action by EPA to protect waterways at a time the federal agency is being criticized as unnecessary. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Steve Alexander)