07 May '11, 5pm

West Virginia Congressman Wants EPA To Stop Monitoring Toxic Waste

West Virginia Congressman Wants EPA To Stop Monitoring Toxic Waste

As we’ve reported in the past, coal ash is known to contain the carcinogen hexavalent chromium, as well as toxic levels of mercury. We’ve also shown how manufacturers of coal ash have poured millions of dollars into lobbying campaigns to promote the use, and prevent a toxic classification for coal ash. But after looking into McKinley’s campaign coffers , it is no surprise that he is fighting tooth and nail to prevent coal ash from being labeled as toxic. He has received more than $83,000 from the mining industry – the single largest industry to donate to his campaign. But it isn’t just the mining industry that has put money behind McKinley – big oil got in on the game as well . Exxon Mobil put $8,000 in his pockets, and the Koch brothers threw in another $10,000. An interesting note about this freshman Congressman – 66% of his campaign contributions came from out of state....

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/west-virginia-congressman-wants...

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