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Sulphur Springs Manager Says Coal Ash No Threat to the City

Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell says worries about coal ash finding their way into the city’s groundwater are unfounded.

On Tuesday, the Sulphur Springs News Telegram raised concerns that coal ash from a closed electric power plant could be used to fill in parts of the former Thermo Mine site in Sulphur Springs.

Maxwell says there has never been coal ash at the mine site and there are no plans to haul it in. He says he has been in contact with Luminant, which owned the mine site before selling most of it to the city.

The concerns about coal ash contamination follow a major national report last week on the environmental effects of on coal ash residue from abandoned power plants. Northeast Texas has two such sites, both near Mt. Pleasant.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.