- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - A consulting geologist says dormant coal ash in a landfill near the Cayuga Power Plant in New York’s Finger Lakes region has been seeping into groundwater for nearly 30 years and possibly contaminated drinking water.

The Ithaca Journal reports (http://ithacajr.nl/1FRlVw1 ) Mark Quarles, owner of the Tennessee-based geology firm Global Environment, was hired by the Tompkins County Environmental Review Committee to look into whether the landfill was meeting rules and regulations for its waste disposal.

Quarles’ report highlighted a lack of monitoring wells at the landfill that now makes it impossible to determine the rate at which contamination was spreading through the groundwater.

Quarles found sulfate contamination was much higher than the EPA-recommended threshold for drinking water.

The report states the contaminated groundwater has been flowing into nearby Milliken Creek.

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Information from: The Ithaca Journal, http://www.theithacajournal.com

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