Coal Ash

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 […]

Under a consent order with the DEP, FirstEnergy must close the 1,900-acre the Little Blue Run ash disposal site at the end of next year.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy seeks sites to dump coal ash

Two areas eyed but aren’t nearby AKRON — “FirstEnergy Generation LLC must close the biggest coal ash disposal site in the nation, Little Blue Run in Beaver County, by the end of 2016 and is looking for places to dump the 2.5 million tons of ash produced each year by […]

No one seems to know who — or what — is poisoning North Carolina drinking water supplies
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

No one seems to know who — or what — is poisoning North Carolina drinking water supplies

RALEIGH, NC — “What seems like a clear case of an energy company polluting people’s drinking wells in North Carolina is actually much more complicated, thanks to the state’s rock formations. Last week, North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sent another round of letters to residents living near the 32 […]

Charles Wilson has fished on Lake Robinson for much of his life. He says the lake needs to be shielded from pollution to protect fish.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Nuclear waste, arsenic at SC coal plant raise concern

DARLINGTON CO, SC — “Pollution test results from last year show that the Hartsville plant’s coal waste pond has released higher levels of arsenic into groundwater than state regulators ever had recorded there. In some cases, the arsenic levels rival those at other power plant sites in South Carolina that […]

The devastating coal ash spill at Kingston, TN, in December 2008. One billion gallons of toxic coal ash spilled from the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant, covering 300 acres.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

First-ever coal ash rule published: Safeguards begin this fall

Victory: EPA safeguard brings relief, but communities concerned about House efforts to stop these overdue protections WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its final coal ash rule that sets an effective date for public health safeguards as early as October 17, 2015. The long-awaited federal […]

A power plant and coal ash pond in North Carolina.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Big Coal can’t stop, won’t stop

WASHINGTON, DC — “You have to acknowledge the tenacity of Rep. David McKinley (R, WV). Just three months (and only 42 working days) after EPA signed its first-ever coal ash rule, McKinley has introduced a new coal ash bill that guts the new EPA rule and protects the polluters who […]