Coal Ash

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 […]

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.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

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
Coal / Coal Ash

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.
Coal / Coal Ash

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 […]

The spill at Dan River
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

The spill at Dan River

Lesley Stahl reports on how Duke Energy is handling over 100 million tons of coal ash waste in North Carolina CHARLOTTE, NC — “Every year coal-burning power plants generate not only electricity, but a staggering amount of leftover coal ash that contains heavy metals unhealthy to humans. Yet due in […]

This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them

DUKEVILLE, NC — “Today, most of the trees sticking out of the pond next to Sherry’s backyard are branchless and leafless, hacked off at the top like broken matchsticks. And the pond is actually a waste pit, storing six million tons of coal ash — a byproduct from coal-burning at […]

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good. Abbi O’Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Few lessons taken from ash spills

EDEN, NC — “Duke’s splash into the Dan River was the nation’s third large ash spill in less than a decade. Like the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pennsylvania’s PPL, Duke repeated apologies, made community gifts and pledged to close its ash basins. Why, as evidence grew that ash ponds are problematic, […]

Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits
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Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits

COLUMBIA, SC — “Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River. Environmentalists said the plan was a good first step, but didn’t go […]