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Looking to ‘get ahead’ of coal ash issues, utilities support bill for stronger state oversight

Utilities are throwing their weight behind an amendment that would give states a bigger role in regulating coal ash disposal WASHINGTON, DC — “On Oct. 17th, utilities submitted their compliance plans for the EPA’s 2014 Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule, the first national standard for the safe handling of coal […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Rep. McKinley introduces new coal-ash bill
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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 […]