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Environmentalists Call For More Coal Ash Pond Regulations

A report from the Hoosier Environmental Council identifies spills and contamination caused by coal ash ponds in the state.

Duke Energy's Gibson plant

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Duke Energy's Gibson Station also has a coal ash pond site. Duke Energy says it has been assessing all its facilities to ensure their safety.

Environmentalists are again calling on the state of Indiana to take more rigorous oversight steps to make sure coal ash contamination doesn‘t keep happening.

The Hoosier Environmental Council has released a new report that shows Indiana electric utilities generated 6.6 million tons of coal ash in 2012.

“We encourage the state of Indiana to take more riguous oversight steps to make sure this contamination doesn’t keep happening,” Hoosier Environmental Council Senior Policy Director Tim Maloney says.

As we’ve reported, Indiana has 74 coal ash ponds according to the EPA, which is the most coal ash ponds out of any state in the nation.

Indiana’s record of spills and drinking water contamination is among the worst in the nation with 10 contaminated sites, including a Superfund site that has still not undergone cleanup and three spills of ash sludge into Indiana rivers.

The Department of Natural Resources is charged with making sure coal ash sites get permits, but officials there say they do not have the resources to enforce the requirements on every location in the state.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

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