Fox News — The Obama administration is pushing the industry to clean up waste coal that is being used in industrial products, a senior administration official told Fox News on Tuesday.
The official said that the White House has been pushing the industries to help remove toxic coal waste from their sites and that the administration is “really concerned” about the pollution that comes from coal dust.
Obama has been focused on coal in recent weeks as he seeks to clean-up the nation’s air, water and soil.
On Tuesday, the White Houses environmental office released a report that said coal ash from power plants in New York, Ohio and West Virginia have been leaking into groundwater and rivers in recent years.
More than 100 million tons of coal ash have leaked from power stations in West Virginia since 2009, according to the report.
Earlier this month, the EPA issued a voluntary plan that outlined how it would clean up toxic coal ash, which has been found in rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater, including in cities, and in streams.