In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence, authorities fear that excessive flooding resulting from the storm may pose toxic consequences for communities near Wilmington, North Carolina. A landfill near the city released about 2000 cubic yards, enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, with coal ash which may contain toxic mercury, arsenic, and lead. Authorities will investigate the possibility of contamination in Cape Fear River when it is safe to do so.
Another danger facing nearby communities is from the facilities that process wastewater, specifically for companies supporting the large hog industry in the state. Due to the continued flooding, officials worry that dangerous levels of bacterial contamination may come from the treated wastewater through flood waters.
Both the potential of coal ash spills and sewage polluting the water running throughout communities and contaminating the ground surrounding residential areas after Tropical Storm Florence poses serious health issues for residents. If you experienced medical conditions due to toxic exposure, contact our environmental lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.