Toxic Waste from Most Illinois Coal Plants Polluting Groundwater, Report Shows

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(From UPI)

Toxic waste at more than 90 percent of Illinois’ coal-fired power plants is polluting groundwater and putting drinking water in surrounding communities at risk, a new environmental report says. . . .

According to the data, the toxins include 300,000 pounds of aluminum, 600 pounds of arsenic, nearly 300,000 pounds of boron, more than 200 pounds of cadmium, 15,000 pounds of manganese, 1,500 pounds of selenium, 500,000 pounds of nitrogen and nearly 40 million pounds of sulfate.

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