From this morning's Roanoke Times editorial team:
Regulate coal ash
Actually, as a story in The New York Times makes clear, the entire nation has a problem with fly ash. Around 1,300 of unregulated fly ash dumps litter the nation. There are countless more areas where fly ash has been put to, ahem, "beneficial use" - also without regulation and usually without monitoring of nearby groundwater.
Fly ash, the dust left over after coal's burned to generate electricity, contains heavy metals and other toxins, yet the EPA has refused to regulate it as hazardous waste. In an editorial for later in the week, we'll argue for a long over-due change to that policy. [link]
Let me give these deep thinkers a word of caution. If they're going to use the incident that occurred near Knoxville when a dam burst and sent tons of coal ash downhill into nearby valleys and farm fields, they'd do well to remember who it is that oversaw that pile of ash in the first place.
The Times is going to call for more government oversight ("regulation") of these ash mounds around the country? Who do they think oversees that pile in Knoxville?
The government. Or, at minimum, quasi-government.
A question: You boys at the Times are actually going to call for more government control of that which the government has proven to be unable to control on its own?
Wouldn't it be more logical, based on recent events, to have private industry oversee the government before another government-sponsored disaster occurs?