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Working in the Mine: What Coal Means to East Texas

In East Texas, where unemployment rates in some counties are among the highest in the state, coal mining ranks as one of the biggest employers.

In the war between Austin and Washington over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to put stricter limits on air pollution, some people in communties like Fairfield and Jewett worry what will happen if coal production drops…or stops.

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  • two of the worst Texas polluters coal plants decided to close for part of the year anyway because of the UNeconomics of keeping it open during low demand times….HAH!

    • sure you’d “HAH” when you have no electricity too, huh?

    • whosebone

      Coal is the cheapest form of energy (natural gas is cheaper but harder to transport), if you are paying $200 a month for electricity, and there is no coal, as Obama stated “your energy bill will necessarily skyrocket”.

  • roestars

    Lets work on getting the cost of wind power and solar power lower they can solve all electricty needs without sacrificing clean air. .

    • have you ever seen a lithium mine it is not much better for the enviroment

      • nazarenergy

        Ya, but these tree hugging libtard circle jerkers will sure as hell plug in their earth killing lithium batteries, straight into a brand new coal free (but heavily nuclear) power supply.

        Hippie says coal is bad.
        Hmm, don’t recall there being any radio active isotopes in coal. Wonder what the half life is for environmental dumbasses.

        • Margaret53

          Yeah, well Trumptard – you should do your research instead of hanging on each drop of “honey” that spews forth from Trump’s mouth! Read this: https://www.scientificamerican.com/…/coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-wast…
          Dec 13, 2007 – At issue is coal’s content of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements. They occur in such trace amounts in natural, or “whole,” coal that they aren’t a problem. But when coal is burned into fly ash, uranium and thorium are concentrated at up to 10 times their original levels.
          Radioactive Elements in Coal and Fly Ash, USGS Factsheet 163-97
          https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs163-97/FS-163-97.html
          Nov 29, 2016 – Some trace elements in coal are naturally radioactive. These radioactive elements include uranium (U), thorium (Th), and their numerous decay products, including radium (Ra) and radon (Rn).
          Radioactive contaminants found in coal ash – Phys.org
          https://phys.org › Earth › Environment
          Sep 2, 2015 – A new Duke University-led study has revealed the presence of radioactive contaminants in coal ash from all three major U.S. coal-producing …
          Coal Radioactivity Emissions – Stanford University
          large.stanford.edu/courses/2017/ph241/langsdorf2/
          Mar 23, 2017 – Amongst the fossil fuels, coal is leading source of energy used by everyone in the world because of its low cost and efficiency. However, if coal …
          Radioactive Contaminants Found in Coal Ash | Nicholas School
          https://nicholas.duke.edu/about/news/radioactive-contaminants-found-coal-ash
          Sep 1, 2015 – DURHAM, N.C. — A new Duke University-led study has revealed the presence of radioactive contaminants in coal ash from all three major U.S. …
          Scientists Discovered High Levels Of Radioactivity In A Common Form …
          https://thinkprogress.org/scientists-discovered-high-levels-of-radioactivity-in-a-comm
          Sep 2, 2015 – Scientists have known for years that coal — and its burned byproduct, coal ash — contains radioactive elements. In 2009, for example, a group …
          Natural Radiation in Wastes From Coal-Fired Power Plants| RadTown …
          https://www3.epa.gov/radtown/coal-fired-power-plants.html
          Fly ash, bottom ash and boiler slag from coal-fired power plants contain small … Naturally radioactive materials that were in coal before processing mostly end …
          Coal Ash Is More Radioactive Than Nuclear Waste
          https://curiosity.com/topics/coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste-curiosity/
          The scary thought about nuclear energy is that it’s so, so dangerously radioactive. Right? Well, no. This fact turns the tables a bit: The waste produced by coal …
          The radioactivity content of United Kingdom coal. – NCBI
          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6729445
          by L Salmon – ‎1984 – ‎Cited by 14 – ‎Related articles
          Sci Total Environ. 1984 May 1;35(3):403-15. The radioactivity content of United Kingdom coal. Salmon L, Toureau AE, Lally AE. Twenty samples of coal …
          Coal Ash Contains High Levels of Radioactivity: Study – US News Health
          health.usnews.com/health-news/…/coal-ash-contains-high-levels-of-radioactivity-stud…
          Sep 11, 2015 – FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Coal ash contains levels of radioactivity that raise concern about the environment and human …
          Have fun reading about just how bad coal CAN be and that doesn’t cover the pollution cased by Coal Ash happening NOW in N.C. by Duke.

  • delayne.dillard

    The propaganda Luminant and Energy Future Holdings Inc. vomits out is astounding. Luminant uses fear (big surprise) with their commercials and threats of shutting down 500 jobs in my area. Monticello is one of the major polluters. So while we have people dying of cancer out here, others in Texas get cheaper electricity, right? No you do not. Lignite is the dirtiest coal on the planet and guess what? If you live in Texas, you are breathing the same carcinogens that we in the general area of this God-awful company currently enjoy. Studies have long been standing that the health costs of battling the gross numbers of cancer victims are far worse than cleaning up Luminants garbage. But why would Lumi spend millions on scrubbers when the taxpayers can foot the bill via health and hospital care. There is plenty of natural gas in Texas. Lumi will continue to lie, cheat and steal your lives while they profit. Worst cancer propogation tool in Texas.

    • hyper

      you don`t know what you are talking about

      • Margaret53

        Yeah, he does! Read this: https://www.scientificamerican.com/…/coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-wast…
        Dec 13, 2007 – At issue is coal’s content of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements. They occur in such trace amounts in natural, or “whole,” coal that they aren’t a problem. But when coal is burned into fly ash, uranium and thorium are concentrated at up to 10 times their original levels.
        Radioactive Elements in Coal and Fly Ash, USGS Factsheet 163-97

    • what is really going on is they are all smoking crack and probably need to go to rehab and get right. This dirty mining is silly and 500 jobs or not it needs to stop, right along with fracking. You can send them crackheads here to http://www.addictionnomore.com though.

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