Remove coal combustion waste to reduce contamination of terrestrial and aquatic habitats
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Fly-ash (flue ash, pulverised fuel ash) is a by-product of coal combustion and is often stored on or near coal fired power stations either in water impoundments (ponds) or underground in landfill. Fly-ash contains a number of metals and other trace elements and is known to contaminate groundwater. Metals and trace elements from fly-ash may be accumulated in the bodies of a range of reptile species with potentially harmful effects (Rowe et al. 2002). Removing the waste from coal combustion may help to reduce the exposure of reptiles to these harmful pollutants.
Rowe C.L., Hopkins W.A. & Congdon J.D. (2002) Ecotoxicological implications of aquatic disposal of coal combustion residues in the United States: a review. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 80, 207–276.