Local & Regional
10:37 am
Sat August 28, 2010

Coal Ash Problems

Tulsa, OK – Groups say coal-ash site in Okla. tainting water

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Three environmental groups say a coal ash disposal site in Oologah is contaminating groundwater in the area.

A report released Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club say the water has arsenic and heavy metals in it. The groundwater is under American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's Northeastern Station.

Coal ash is a byproduct of coal-fired power plants. It's been dumped at the Oologah plant since 1978.

AEP-PSO environmental affairs manager Bud Ground says there is no indication of contamination to drinking water in the area. He says the company is aware of the contamination and that corrective measures should be in place by next summer.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com