Federal lawsuit filed to stop toxic water pollution leaking into Apalachicola River

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 4:14 pm

Apalachicola, Fla. (WTXL) -- Earthjustice is filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of three conservation groups to stop toxic water pollution that is leaking into the Apalachicola River.

They say a 40 acre coal ask dump at Gulf Power Company's Scholz Generating Plant near Sneads is illegally discharging dangerous pollutants into the river, including arsenic and lead. 

Gulf Power has allegedly flushed millions of gallons of toxic coal ash sludge into pits that sit along the Apalachicola River.

While Gulf Power does have a Federal Clean Water Act permit, the permit only allows it to discharge treated coal ash water and chlorinated water into the river. 

The groups say the water is not receiving proper treatment and that other discharges are not covered by the permit. 

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