"Citizens Plan Suit Against Hancock Coal-Ash Dam"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Local citizens on Wednesday threatened to sue FirstEnergy Corp. over a huge coal-ash impoundment along the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border, alleging the operation is polluting area streams, tainting groundwater, and violating federal waste disposal requirements."

"The Little Blue Regional Action Group sent Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy a formal notice of intent to sue the company over what is believed to be the largest such coal-ash disposal site in the nation.

"There is nothing 'little' about Little Blue Run," said Curt Havens, vice president of the citizen group. "It is a prime example of how communities like ours can be polluted by toxic coal ash."

The 1,000-acre Little Blue Run Coal Ash Impoundment operates under Pennsylvania state environmental permits, but stretches across the border into West Virginia near Chester in Hancock County."

Ken Ward Jr. reports for the Charleston Gazette May 30, 2012.

Source: Charleston Gazette, 05/31/2012