The picture attached to this post shows a coal sludge spill in the United States. While this may not have affected you, it did affect someone else. To this date, there are not serious measures put in place to address this sort of problem.
Every now and again, the news reports that a spill has occurred somewhere in America. Coal is useful, yes. However not enough is being done to manage the detrimental effect that coal ash spills have on animals and humans. No serious penalties are in place to put pressure on companies in the industry to handle their waste better.