Posted April 14, 2018 05:10:04 Coal ash is a heavy, gray, foul-smelling material that can contain toxic metals, lead, mercury, chromium and other carcinogens.
It can also be used as a building material, a paint and as a lubricant.
A recent report from the University of Toronto found that about 85 per cent of coal ash waste from the Great Lakes basin is now being dumped into Lake Ontario.
In recent years, more than 1,500 lakes have been declared toxic, which is a step up from just a few years ago.
But it is still an important problem in Ontario, where the amount of ash that is being dumped in the lake is increasing.
Coal ash pollution in Ontario and the Great Plains is a significant concern, said the study’s lead author, Dr. Anne-Marie Ouellette, a professor in the department of environmental health at the University at Buffalo.
“I think we can say that this is an issue that we are still dealing with in Ontario,” Ouelle said.
“We have been using the same approach in the Great Basin, where we are trying to make the best use of our resources to reduce the pollution and to reduce its impact on people and ecosystems.”
Ouellet said the Ontario government has made progress with the province’s coal ash treatment plan, but it still has a ways to go.
“There is a lot of work to be done, especially in the eastern basin,” she said.
Ouellet is the lead author on a paper co-authored by her research team that looks at the impact of the provincial plan on coal ash and its impact in Ontario.
She said it’s important to look at how coal ash pollution is affecting people and wildlife.
“If we can figure out what is happening in the natural environment and then the impact that we have on people in our communities, then we can really make a change,” she explained.
“It’s not just about a few dollars in cleanup costs.
It’s also about how can we make sure that people who live in communities affected by coal ash don’t have to move away, so that they can continue to be impacted by it.”
The paper examines what is known about the effects of coal dust on human health, and what is being done to deal with coal ash’s impact on the environment.
It also considers the potential for coal ash to affect human health.
The authors also look at coal ash spillages from the power sector, and coal ash cleanup efforts in the province.
“The idea is to understand what the impacts are on people,” said Ouellett.
“What are the impacts of what we are doing, and how can you address them?”
Ouellette said that when it comes to coal ash, people and animals are not always at the forefront of the discussions.
“A lot of the work that we do is focused on health and the environment, and that is where a lot the research is focused, because people are so impacted by the impacts,” she noted.
“What we are looking at are things that are happening in a biological way.
What is happening to animals, and the effects that are having on them and on the land and in the water.
And so we need to look to understand these processes in a holistic way.”
Ouelle also said that it’s not always easy to get people to understand how the coal ash is affecting wildlife.
People often don’t know what the environmental impacts are, or they think they are just talking about other things.
“You have to be honest with them and say, ‘Well, what are the environmental implications of this?,'” she said, noting that people often don to understand that coal ash can have an impact on plants, fish, wildlife and the food chain.
“When you’re talking about wildlife, we have to make sure we are not talking about plants and animals,” she added.
“We have to talk about what is going on in the land.”
Ouallet said she hopes that with her work, the public and governments will start to get a better understanding of how coal dust impacts the environment and wildlife and start to make changes.
“I hope that the governments will take it upon themselves to actually do the research and really take it seriously,” she concluded.