Quality-of-life groups want Indianapolis Power & Light to test water

INDIANAPOLIS - Environmental, health and neighborhood groups are calling on the Marion County Health Department to compel Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons on the city's south side.

The Hoosier Environmental Council, the Indiana Public Health Association and other groups on Monday said coal ash from the power plant could be polluting the area's water supply.

The groups say the coal ash could be carrying toxic chemicals such as mercury and arsenic into wells in nearby subdivisions, but no one knows how bad the danger really is.

The Environmental Protection Agency says discharges from coal-fired power plants are responsible for at least half of all toxic pollution entering the nation's water.

The Associated Press left phone and email messages seeking comment from an IPL spokeswoman.

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