November 6, 2009 8:55 AM

Coal ash from U.S. blamed for Dominican town's birth defects

A small town in the northern Dominican Republic is seeing an epidemic of birth defects which local residents blame on coal ash from a Virginia power company that was dumped at a nearby port six years ago. The situation highlights the debate over coal ash, an unregulated byproduct of coal energy, which when processed and recycled is used in everything from cement to the foundation for golf courses.

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