Paint produced from toxic sludge could fund cleanup of polluted streams

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In Southern Ohio, pollution from old coal mines has been contaminating nearby streams for years, turning the water bright orange. The process of cleaning the water is very expensive, but a new initiative has found a way to fund the operation — transforming the toxic sludge, which is full of iron oxides, into paint. The paint, which has been tested out by artist John Sabraw, could soon be ready for mass production — meaning the sludge itself could fund its own large scale clean-up operation, or even turn a profit.

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