Downwind and Downstream

A SHORT FILM SERIES ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF COAL ASH

COAL ASH: The hazardous waste left after coal is burned. Coal ash contains concentrated
amounts of arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxic metals. These toxins are known to cause
cancer, respiratory illness, organ disease and birth defects. The United States produces over
140 million tons of coal ash every year. There are over 2,000 coal ash disposal sites across
the country. Hundreds of these disposal sites are poisoning water resources and damaging
ecosystems. No one is being protected from the harmful effects of coal ash contamination.

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