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Locations of high-risk US coal ash sites to remain secret

The Obama administration is not releasing the location of coal ash storage sites in the US, even though they could be dangerous to those who live around them.

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In this image provided by Greenpeace, coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant is shown Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn., after the dyke at left broke Dec. 22, 2008, unleashing a billion gallon flood of toxic sludge into the Emory River.

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The Obama administration wants to keep secret the locations of nearly four dozen coal ash storage sites that pose a threat to people living nearby.

The Environmental Protection Agency identified the 44 sites as potential hazards to communities while investigating storage of coal ash waste after a spill at a Tennessee power plant in December. The sites have existed for years with little or no federal regulation.

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The Army Corps of Engineers in a letter dated June 4 told the EPA that it couldn't alert the public to the whereabouts of the 44 sites because it would compromise national security.

The Corps of Engineers had no immediate comment.