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Rep. McKinley introduces new coal-ash bill
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Rep. McKinley introduces new coal-ash bill

CHARLESTON, WV — “When we last left West Virginia Republication Rep. David McKinley, he was using his stacked discussion panel to pretend there’s no scientific consensus about man-made global warming. Well this week, Rep. McKinley is bringing back a somewhat reworked version of his coal-ash legislation (see the bill here […]

Coal ash bills could undercut regulations
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Coal ash bills could undercut regulations

WASHINGTON D.C. — “A congressional effort to rein in federal regulation of coal ash could result in  little or no regulation at all, a new report from the Congressional Research  Service warns. The bills, H.R. 2273 and S. 3512, would set up a plan for states to regulate  coal ash […]

Obama EPA continues inaction on key rule, despite growing evidence of coal ash problems
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Obama EPA continues inaction on key rule, despite growing evidence of coal ash problems

WASHINGTON D.C. — “Sunday’s Washington Post included the following update from environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin on the important issue of regulating the handling and disposal of toxic coal ash from our nation’s power plants: In Maryland’s Zekiah Swamp, one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most important tributaries, 8.4 million tons of […]

More Than 300 Public interest groups ask Senate to oppose anti-health coal ash bill
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More Than 300 Public interest groups ask Senate to oppose anti-health coal ash bill

WASHINGTON, DC — “Today more than 300 public interest groups representing millions of citizens from 43 states sent a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing S.3512, the ‘Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2012.’ The bill, introduced last July by Sens. Hoeven (R-SD), Conrad (D-SD) and Baucus (D- MT), […]

Federal judge rules TVA is liable for 2008 coal ash spill, utility on hook to pay damages
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Federal judge rules TVA is liable for 2008 coal ash spill, utility on hook to pay damages

NASHVILLE, TN — The Tennessee Valley Authority is liable for a huge spill of toxin-laden sludge in 2008 in Tennessee, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The decision is a victory for hundreds of plaintiffs who sued after a containment dike at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant burst in 2008. About 5 […]

Largest U.S. coal ash pond to close, but future rules still undecided
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Largest U.S. coal ash pond to close, but future rules still undecided

SHIPPINGPORT, PA — “Little Blue Run’s operator, FirstEnergy, an electricity company based in Akron, Ohio, agreed to develop a plan to shut down the facility in a consent decree filed July 27 in federal court. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) characterized its agreement with FirstEnergy as a proactive […]

Nation’s largest coal ash dump to be shut down
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Nation’s largest coal ash dump to be shut down

GREENE TWP, PA — “Pennsylvania and national groups today are calling attention to a major court filing made late July 27 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) that will result in the closure of Little Blue Run, the nation’s largest coal ash impoundment. The state action filed […]

Prairie State reverses course on Illinois coal ash site
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Prairie State reverses course on Illinois coal ash site

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IL — “On June 26, the Washington County Board met behind closed doors with the lawyer from Prairie State and passed an amendment to an ordinance that granted the company permission to build a 720-acre coal ash landfill on flat farmland near the controversial Marissa, Illinois, plant. The […]

EPA, coal company argue over waste plan
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EPA, coal company argue over waste plan

COLUMBUS — “There are two methods of disposing of slurry. One system forces water from the coal wastes so it can be dumped in a landfill. In a lagoon, the solid wastes settle to the bottom and clean water drains off the top. There are at least seven lagoons in […]

New EPA data show coal ash problem much worse
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New EPA data show coal ash problem much worse

WASHINGTON, DC — “Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released information revealing the existence of hundreds of previously unknown coal ash dumps nationwide. The information comes pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) by Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. The data released today by the EPA reveal that […]