Calhoun said his agency reviewed 15 sites for the latest report, and it's planning similar reviews of impoundments in six other states â¿¿ Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. Completing that will take about three years.Critics of the coal industry have long complained that operators and regulators are ignoring stricter construction standards that could prevent future impoundment failures. For at least a decade, they say, state and federal regulators have allowed coal companies to build or expand the massive ponds of gray liquid and silt atop loose and wet coal waste â¿¿ an unstable base that creates hazards for people and the environment downstream.
Feds: Risks Remain At Some W.Va. Coal Slurry Ponds
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