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Coal’s other dark side: Toxic ash that can poison water and people

Workers who cleaned up a huge spill from a coal ash pond in Tennessee in 2008 are still suffering—and dying. The U.S. has 1,400 ash dumps. KINGSTON, TN — “After the Kingston spill, environmental groups advocated regulating coal ash as hazardous waste. But the utilities and ACAA lobbied hard against […]

Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show
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Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show

So far, utilities have acknowledged the presence of enough health-harming contaminants like arsenic to trigger cleanup rules at 70 coal-fired power plant sites WASHINGTON, DC — “This new national picture of coal ash contamination has emerged in part because the environmental groups Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Project, with others, have combed through utility […]

Court upholds national safeguard for coal ash: Nation’s no. 2 toxic pollution threat
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Court upholds national safeguard for coal ash: Nation’s no. 2 toxic pollution threat

Ruling casts doubt on legality of EPA’s plan to weaken coal ash protections WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision today holding that the first-ever federal safeguards set by the Obama Administration for coal ash dumps do not sufficiently protect communities and the environment […]

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Emails reveal how Duke edited scientific reports on coal ash, coordinated with advisory board chair

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Emails and documents obtained by WBTV show senior officials at Duke Energy edited reports prepared by at least one professor hired by the company to prepare independent scientific reports related to the impact of coal ash ponds on groundwater. The documents also show a second professor, Dr. […]

Three examples of Magnéli phases of titania suboxides identified in coal ash from US and Chinese coals.
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Coal plants might be even more toxic than we thought

An environmental disaster in North Carolina reveals that a rare, potentially dangerous compound is abundant in burned coal BLACKSBURG, VA — “Scientists studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that may pose human health risks. …The newly identified […]

Coal Ash: Coming to a town near you?
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Coal Ash: Coming to a town near you?

WASHINGTON, DC — “The United States still relies on coal to provide 30 percent of its electricity, and a typical plant produces more than 125,000 tons of coal ash—the byproduct of burning coal—every  year. For decades, power companies dumped this product, which can contain toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury, into unlined […]

America’s toxic prisons: The environmental injustices of mass incarceration
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America’s toxic prisons: The environmental injustices of mass incarceration

SACRAMENTO, CA – “Matthew Morgenstern is convinced his Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to toxic coal ash from the massive dump right across the road from SCI Fayette, a maximum-security prison in LaBelle, Pennsylvania, where he is currently serving a 5- to 10-year sentence. ‘In 2010 and until I […]

Polluters ask Trump administration to cut safeguards for nation’s No. 2 toxic pollution threat
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Polluters ask Trump administration to cut safeguards for nation’s No. 2 toxic pollution threat

WASHINGTON, DC — “Dangerous piles of industrial waste laced with lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxics will continue to threaten communities all over America if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants a legal petition that industrial polluters filed today. The polluters’ Petition for Reconsideration seeks to do away with most […]

2 Tennessee cases bring coal’s hidden hazard to light
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2 Tennessee cases bring coal’s hidden hazard to light

GALLATIN, TN — “The hulking Gallatin Fossil Plant sits on a scenic bend of the Cumberland River about 30 miles upstream from Nashville. In addition to generating electricity, the plant, built in the early 1950s by the Tennessee Valley Authority, produces more than 200,000 tons of coal residue a year. […]

Kentucky regulators agreed coal ash rules were bad — In 2010
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Kentucky regulators agreed coal ash rules were bad — In 2010

FRANKFORT, KY — “The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection is moving forward with new regulations that weaken the state’s prior review of coal ash landfills. If they are enacted, there will be no comprehensive permitting process for the large-scale landfills that hold coal combustion waste near power plants. Instead, utilities […]