Are toxins in coal ash posing risks to nearby communities?

The U.S. each year produces more than 100 million tons of coal ash, a toxic substance made when coal is burned for electricity. Much of that waste is kept in active storage units around the country, where it can potentially leach into the groundwater and major waterways. Ivette Feliciano reports from one of these facilities in Missouri as part of our climate change series, “Peril & Promise.”

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Climate Change Along the Mississippi River

How is climate change affecting America’s heartland? In this special series from PBS Newshour Weekend, in partnership with Nexus Media News, we examine how the changing climate is impacting states along the Mississippi River. See how the region is dealing with rising waters, environmental hazards and disruption of commerce — and  how its implementing adaptation measures and solutions. We travel along the Mississippi, from Minnesota all the way down to Louisiana, to see how residents, businesses and entire communities are dealing with the effects of a warming world.