Transparency, Coated in Coal Ash
Charging that federal officials citing security concerns have put "a huge muzzle
on me," Sen. Barbara Boxer has called for the disclosure of 44 coal ash dumps across the U.S. classified as very hazardous. While they have notified officials in the home states of the sites – only a fraction of several hundred unregulated dumps around the country – Homeland Security and the Army Corps of Engineers say they pose too much of a danger to be made public.
"I believe that it's essential to let
people know," said Boxer, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, arguing if people knew about the sites they'd pressure officials to clean them up. "I think secrecy might lead to inaction."