"W.Va. Residents File Suit Over Little Blue Run Coal Ash Waste Site"

"In three years the flow of coal waste through a pipeline to the Little Blue Run dump is set to stop, but before that happens neighbors want compensation for the smell, seepage and alleged property damage caused by the mammoth waste site."

"Last week, 53 residents of West Virginia's Hancock County sued in U.S. District Court in Wheeling, claiming that FirstEnergy Corp.'s coal ash dump is oozing into many aspects of their lives and will continue to do so even after a judicially sanctioned closure plan takes effect.

'FirstEnergy's proposed closure plan proposes to begin closing activities sometime in 2017 and to complete closure in 2032,' wrote attorneys David A. Jividen of Wheeling and Farrest Taylor of Dothan, Ala., in a complaint filed Thursday. The contaminants in the ash slurry piped to the site from the Bruce Mansfield power plant in Shippingport, meanwhile, will be a factor for hundreds of years, they claimed."

Rich Lord reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette October 15, 2013.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/17/2013