THAT is a picture from JSOnline.com of coal ash spilling into Lake Michigan yesterday October 31, 2011. That yellow and red box falling into the water...those are semi trailers. You know, for scale. Thank GOD the likes of Michigan's 2nd congressional district Republican Bill Huizenga just shot down tougher coal ash dumping rules along with the Republican controlled US congress. Having a lakeshore representative who actually gives a damn about the Great Lakes would be asking too much.
And here's a link to the whole disgusting photo shoot.
"A large section of bluff collapsed Monday next to the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant, sending dirt, coal ash and mud cascading into the shoreline next to Lake Michigan and dumping a pickup truck, dredging equipment, soil and other debris into the lake."
To the folks lined up in opposition to offshore wind power on some misguided or made up concern for our waters, take a good hard look. That coal ash......that's an unregulated material for dumping purposes, and loaded with arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and all sorts of other nasty stuff....
...and guess what? Because Michigan is ENTIRELY within the Great Lakes water basin, that shit is getting into our lakes NO MATTER WHERE coal power plants dump their ash in Michigan. It's just sort of filtering right on down through the earth and into the water.
Ever wonder why many of our fish are loaded with mercury? Or why somehow mercury levels in inland fish is on the rise?
Take a good, hard look. Cuz that stuff is oozing into our lakes EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Between this and the half a BILLION fish killed by coal and nuke cooling systems every year, it should be pretty obvious to anybody that coal plants have been poisoning the Great Lakes for most of a century, making our fish inedible, and grinding them up in their cooling systems along with half a billion other aquatic organisms. The folks in Wisconsin by the We Energies powerplant sure as heck know it today...they're being given bottled water and told not to drink the now toxic well water at their homes.
Anybody who tells you that we're not subsidizing coal, and living every day with its disastrous consequences to our wildlife, our health, and our wallets is in the thrall of some serious self denial.