Annotated Bibliography: Coal And The Environment

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My Aunt, Janice James, lived on the most beautiful piece of land in Knoxville, Tennessee, on the Emory River. You could see why she and her husband chose to live here for so many years, it was picturesque. It was picturesque until December of 2008 when the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant led to the biggest coal-ash spill in history. TVA uses coal to develop ‘cleaner’ electricity for the communities surrounding. They may claim to have bettered the community, but years later, it is still devastating that Janice James lost her home and will never be able to visit the gorgeous piece of land she called home for so long. This event was one of the biggest tragedies Janice had faced, but she was able to move on and find another
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2015. Web. Accessed 07 Nov. 2016. The article, “Coal and the Environment”, provides the readers will and understanding of how coal works and also how it is dangerous to our environment. Coal on its own is not dangerous to the environment but once the coal is burned, then pollutants are released into the air causing for less clean air. The government has taken a stand on the industries polluting the air we breathe in everyday with the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. These two acts put restrictions on industries that allow for safer and cleaner air.
“Power plants use flue gas desulfurization equipment, also known as scrubbers, to clean sulfur from the smoke before it leaves their smokestacks. In addition, industry and the U.S. government have cooperated to develop technologies that can remove impurities from coal or that can make coal more energy-efficient so less needs to be burned.” (Coal). “Coal Ash Basics.” EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. 07 June, 2016. Web. Accessed 06 Nov.
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The author states that Coal ash, also known as coal combustion residuals and is produced from the burning of coal in coal-fired power plants. The different types of coal ash described by the EPA is, fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, and flue gas material. The kind of ash released from the dike in the Kingston Fossil Plant was fly ash stated in previous sources. The EPA also provides us with information about what the power plants do with the coal ash such as, the disposing of the coal ash into landfills or recycled into products used in everyday life. Coal can also be used for environmental benefits, economic benefits, and also product benefits. The EPA regulates coal ash because it contains dangerous contaminants such as mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. Without proper regulation these contaminants can pollute waterways, drinking water, air, and ground water. The need for these regulations were found during the coal ash spills occurring in Kingston, TN and Eden, NC. This source is credible because it comes from a government website that is factual and
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