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Flooding in the Delta Highlights Threat of Catastrophic Coal Ash Spill

(Mobile, Ala.) - On January 7 2019, during the height of flooding in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Mobile Baykeeper staff flew with SouthWings over the Delta to observe Alabama Power’s 597-acre unlined coal ash pit. More than 21 million tons of toxic coal ash in the pit is only held back by an earthen (dirt) dam and views from the air and the river show flood water dangerously covering as much as 15 feet of the 25 foot dam. 

Alabama Power Releases Coal Ash Inundation Map Highlighting Potential Dangers Faced in Mobile-Tensaw Delta

Alabama Power Releases Coal Ash Inundation Map Highlighting Potential Dangers Faced in Mobile-Tensaw Delta

The dangers highlighted in this map show why Alabama Power must dig up the coal ash and move it rather than leaving it to threaten the Delta and Bay for years to come.