According to a recent finding by the EPA, North Carolina has the most coal combustion waste sites posing a high-hazard to the public. There are 44 dangerous coal waste sites nationwide, and 12 of them are in the Tarheel State.

Last year, a massive spill occurred at the Kingston Tennessee Valley Authority plant releasing several toxic materials into the surrounding river system. A number of similar spills have occurred over the years, but the EPA still does not regulate the sites, opting instead for a mix of state regulations. Many of the ash ponds aren’t even lined with plastic, allowing toxic chemicals to leach freely into the local water supply.

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