Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell is disputing a report from the Sulphur Springs News Telegram yesterday that, “Coal ash from a recently closed electric power plant could threaten groundwater in the area, especially if some of it is used as fill material in an old mine site being donated to Sulphur Springs.”
Maxwell told FrontPorchNewsTexas.com that coal ash has not and will not be used at the former Thermo Mine facility donated to the City of Sulphur Springs by Luminant.
“There isn’t any coal ash at Thermo, never has been, and there aren’t any plans to do so,” Maxwell said.
The reporting seems to stem from concerns that have been raised by a report of “Groundwater Contamination from Texas Coal Ash Dumps” from the Environmental Integrity Project, an environmental nonprofit organization that advocates for more effective enforcement of environmental laws, but that report does not seem to include any data from the Thermo Mine. There is a graphic below this article showing all locations included in that report.
“I just don’t want people to think we have a coal ash problem,” said Maxwell. “I think the central issue is that there is disagreement on the standards that should be imposed on the disposal of coal ash. It just doesn’t have anything to do with Thermo. If you think about it, it doesn’t make sense for Luminant to transport the ash 30 miles to dispose of it when they can legally dispose of it on site at Monticello and at Winfield.”