Coal Ash Disposal Site in China

Photo | 18 March, 2014

A Greenpeace East Asia activist at a coal ash disposal site which belongs to the Yuanbaoshan Power Plant, in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China. The disposal site is located in a small valley, where the power plant is divided into more than 10 sections. One by one, each section is filled with coal ash and then covered with earth before crops are planted on the surface. Less than half a kilometer away, there is a dairy collection station for a famous dairy company. On windy days, the coal ash gets scattered far across the earth, blanketing the vegetation. Cows that eat grass contaminated by coal ash will produce less milk - by as much as 2kg a day.