Coal Ash

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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 […]

A couple looks across their yard at a coal ash pond in North Carolina (Credit: Chuck Burton/AP).
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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 […]

Dustin McDaniel of the Abolitionist Law Center has been campaigning to shut down SCI Fayette in Pennsylvania. He says the well-being of prisoners isn't taken into consideration when agencies decide where to site prisons. (Credit: Nina Young)
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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 […]

A cloud of toxic coal ash is seen blowing like a sandstorm straight at the homes on the Moapa River Reservation (credit: Moapa Band of Paiutes).
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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 […]

The Gallatin Fossil Plant, a coal-burning power plant run by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Gallatin, Tenn. Coal ash from the plant has been seeping into groundwater and the river, two recent lawsuits say, possibly threatening drinking water for a million people (credit: Joe Buglewicz/The New York Times).
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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 […]

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Looking to ‘get ahead’ of coal ash issues, utilities support bill for stronger state oversight

Utilities are throwing their weight behind an amendment that would give states a bigger role in regulating coal ash disposal WASHINGTON, DC — “On Oct. 17th, utilities submitted their compliance plans for the EPA’s 2014 Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule, the first national standard for the safe handling of coal […]

Advocates, TVA spar over safety of compaction as a coal ash solution
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Advocates, TVA spar over safety of compaction as a coal ash solution

KINGSTON, TN — “How to dispose of coal ash? It’s a particularly pressing question for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), whose 2008 dam breach at their Kingston, Tennessee plant spilled 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash into the Clinch and Emory rivers, and led to congressional hearings and new 2015 […]

The Beckjord plant, located about 20 miles east of Cincinnati, has been closed for two years. Emily Maxwell | WCPO
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Could toxic chemicals along the Ohio River be a danger to our drinking water?

NEW RICHMOND — “As early as next year, Duke Energy has said it will begin tearing down the more than 60-year-old [Beckjord Power] plant. The electric utility giant closed the plant in late 2014 just the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was writing new federal standards for how coal ash ponds should […]