Coal Ash

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Coal Ash

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
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

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 […]

Researchers are trying to find new ways to benefit from coal.
Coal / Coal Ash

New use for coal? Battelle finding new ways to extract rare minerals

COLUMBUS — “Inside coal are key – and expensive – components used to make parts of cell-phone batteries, magnets and wind turbines. But so far it’s too expensive to get those minerals out without breaking the bank. Rare elements are key in military communication systems, too, which is partially why […]

Is coal-ash pollution a civil rights issue?
Coal / Coal Ash

Is coal-ash pollution a civil rights issue?

Feds to study impact on poor, minorities COLUMBUS — “A federal civil rights commission is holding a hearing this week about whether coal ash disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations. …Coal ash, a toxic byproduct of coal-fired power plants, long has been a problem in Ohio. There are 30 coal-ash […]

Spotlight hits coal ash impact on poor and minority communities
Coal / Coal Ash

Spotlight hits coal ash impact on poor and minority communities

Federal civil rights probe seeks to understand why the poor bear so much of a burden for our coal-fired energy waste WASHINGTON, DC — “Too often toxic coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power, ends up in poor, minority communities. U.S. civil rights officials are launching a deeper look at […]

In a Dec. 22, 2008, photograph, a home is engulfed near the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County after the failure of a dike that unleashed more than 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash sludge. (picture by J. Miles Cary)
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Federal coal ash regulations take effect

WASHINGTON, DC — “The gooey, grayish-black sludge that spread across Roane County on a bitterly cold December morning is gone, but the fallout from the nation’s worst coal-ash spill enters a new phase on Monday when the federal government begins regulating the storage and disposal of ash from coal-fired power […]

As Esther Calhoun sees it, discrimination, rooted in the acts of many, has turned this wisp of a town into a dumping ground.
Coal / Coal Ash / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Welcome to Uniontown: Arrowhead Landfill battle a modern civil rights struggle

Alabama’s biggest waste dump inflicts misery on residents of Uniontown, whose complaints to the EPA have gone unheeded UNIONTOWN, AL — “Foul odors, corrosive dust and menacing buzzards have become facts of life for people who live here. Some no longer sit on their porches, grow their gardens or let […]

The coal ash disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant, Tennessee—three years after the spill.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

Politics as dirty as coal ash: House bill lets polluters off the hook

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote on HR 1734, Rep. David McKinley’s (R- WV) sixth attempt at a coal ash bill that protects his largest campaign contributors. This year’s bill weakens, delays or removes critical health protections recently established by the EPA to keep communities […]

A view of the Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Monongahela Township before it closed in October 2013. First Energy wants to use a landfill located near the power plant to store coal ash and scrubber byproducts from the Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County. Bob Niedbala/Observer-Reporter
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy / FirstEnergy

Environmental groups want state to reject FirstEnergy’s coal ash disposal plan

AKRON — “Three environmental groups are urging the state to reject FirstEnergy Generation LLC’s plan to ship coal ash produced by its Bruce Mansfield power plant in Shippingport, Beaver County,to at a now-closed ash landfill the company owns in Greene County, saying it would divert the ash from one landfill […]

Duke Energy’s coal ash spill from February 2014 sent 82,000 tons of the industrial waste product into North Carolina's Dan River. Credit: Waterkeeper Alliance/Rick Dove
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

With huge coal ash fines, Justice Dept. puts industry on notice

In contrast to weak EPA regulations, recent ruling takes a strong stand on mishandling of coal ash by utility giant Duke Energy WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Justice Department’s recent prosecution of three Duke Energy subsidiaries for improper handling of toxic coal ash marked the most significant federal crackdown on […]