Coal Ash

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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 […]

Coal ash is a heavy metal-laden and possibly radioactive by-product of coal plants. N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources via YouTube.com
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Duke Energy fined $25.1 million for toxic coal ash spill that polluted NC River last year

CHARLOTTE, NC — “A little over a year since approximately 39,000 tons of toxic coal slurry gushed into a major North Carolina river, the company responsible is being fined $25.1 million for the disaster. Duke Energy, the largest electricity supplier in the country and the primary supplier of energy in […]

Two young men make their thoughts on Duke Energy's actions known. Tens of thousands of people gathered at Shaw University in downtown Raleigh. The march travelled to the doorstep of the State Capitol. Each year this fusion movement comes together in February to hold a mass people's assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People's Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to citizens.
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One year since the Dan River coal ash spill, why Citizens United and solar policy are key

WASHINGTON, DC — “It’s been one year since Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant caused one of the worst coal ash disasters in U.S. history, spewing up to 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash across North Carolina and into Virginia. So where do things stand now? More than 90% of […]

In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. GERRY BROOME — AP
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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Environmentalists had pushed for the hazardous classification, citing the hundreds of cases nationwide in which coal ash waste […]

After years of delays, the EPA is moving to regulate coal ash, the leftover waste from coal furnaces that produce electricity.
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Dam breaks, tainted wells prompt new look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA review

CHESTER, WV — “When work began on a strange new reservoir in the hills outside this Ohio River town, local officials promoted the project as offering something for everyone: an aquatic playground for boaters and sunbathers, and for the local power plant, a dump. “Eventually, you may swim and fish […]