Runoff from a 'Reclaimed' Mountaintop Removal mine in Kentucky

Coal companies frequently tout the benefits of reclamation and claim their practices protect and restore water quality. The red-stained water seen below this "reclaimed" mountaintop removal mine in Magoffin County, Kentucky, tells a very different story. Red water like this results from high iron levels, which in turn are an indicator of a plethora of other heavy and toxic metals like selenium, mercury and manganese.

 

Photo by Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices. April 18th, 2010.

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Uploaded on May 17, 2010