New report finds coal ash management strategies are failing to stop pollution spreading

Matthew Kelly
By Matthew Kelly
Updated April 14 2021 - 1:34pm, first published October 19 2020 - 6:00pm
Wasteland: The Eraring Power station ash dump on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Origin Energy has built a haul road which is 92 per cent coal ash.

Existing coal ash management and reuse practices are failing to prevent the contamination of ecosystems in Lake Macquarie and across the Hunter, a new report has found.

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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

Journalist

Matthew Kelly has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been working as a general reporter at the Newcastle Herald since 2018. In recent years he has reported on subjects including environment, energy, water security, manufacturing and higher education. He has previously covered issues including the health and environmental impacts of uncovered coal wagons in the Hunter Valley, the pollution of legacy of former industrial sites and freedom of information issues.

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