But, we’d like to add an additional thought or two. Not only does our blissful ignorance of how damaging coal use continues to be on our health and well being, but this reveals part of the reason why power from coal is cheaper than renewable sources of power.
Duke Energy admits that this coal ash leak came from a coal ash pond at a power plant that has been closed for two years. Meaning, no steps had been taken (read money spent) to close out the pond. This left a disaster waiting to happen, and now it has.