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Contaminants from coal ash at levels 40 times above safe drinking water standards

Sarah Bowman, sarah.bowman@indystar.com
Indianapolis Star

Near many of Indiana’s coal-fired power plants, the ground water is a toxic mix of arsenic, boron, cobalt, lead, molybdenum, radium and thallium, new Environmental Protection Agency data reveal.

Recently released reports, using data collected for the first time, raises questions about groundwater safety and is likely to prompt a debate about how the state with the nation’s highest concentration of coal ash pits will react.

How far such pollutants have migrated from the power plants that created them, and the possible effects on neighboring residential wells have not been determined.

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