Coal ash wastewater spray: ‘I just don’t want to breathe it’

Residents near the Brickhaven Mine in Chatham County are worried about the approval by the state Department of Environmental Quality to allow spraying of wastewater at the coal-ash dump. Without the kind of on-site disposal under discussion, that wastewater must be collected and taken to a disposal facility that treats industrial waste. Since 2015, the mine has produced 600,000 to 3 million gallons of wastewater per month, according to a report by mine owner Charah.
Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com