The risk of source water contamination is becoming increasingly prevalent!
Contamination from coal burning power plants
Coal burning is the primary source of Mercury in our environment. Once released into the atmosphere it finds its way into surface waters and enters the food chain, subsequently top-level predators, including humans, are at high risk of Mercury poisoning.
Mercury is a neurotoxin that builds up in tissues over time.
When coal is burned the sulfur combines with oxygen and the sulfur oxides are released to the atmosphere. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) becomes sulfur trioxide (SO3) when reacting with oxygen in the air. This reacts with water molecules in the atmosphere to form sulfuric acid, a strong mineral acid. This makes rain acidic. People living in the vicinity of a coal burning plant are at risk.
Burning coal releases toxic mercury that rains down into rivers and streams. ... Currently, coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of unregulated mercury pollution in the United States, emitting over 33 tons of toxic mercury each year.
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People living near and/or down-wind of a coal burning power plant are at risk.