60 Minutes - 130 Million Tons of Waste (October 4, 2009)
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(Oct 20, 2009)
Airdate 10/4/09 Last year, a billion gallons of coal ash -- a potent by-product of burning coal -- broke through a retaining wall and spilled into a river in eastern Tennessee. This environmental disaster -- 100 times worse than the Exxon Valdez accident -- has put light on the problems with coal ash, Lesley Stahl reports. Coal ash contains mercury, arsenic and lead; it is used in construction and agriculture; but it has yet to be regulated by the EPA.
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