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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 […]

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Keystone, coal ash dropped from Highway Bill, Inhofe says

WASHINGTON, DC — “Language requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and barring Environmental Protection Agency regulation of coal-ash waste were dropped from a highway spending bill being negotiated by U.S. lawmakers, Republican Senator James Inhofe said. The deal removes two obstacles preventing agreement on a compromise package paying for […]

Country residents challenge energy Goliaths
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Country residents challenge energy Goliaths

GREENE TWP, PA — “David is slinging with both hands, having begun separate legal actions against energy giants Chesapeake Appalachia and FirstEnergy. …The Little Blue Regional Action Group is seeking to protect the land. Members, in the intent to sue notice, wrote that the coal ash deposit “has caused widespread […]

Coal power plants may be razed or sold once closed
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Coal power plants may be razed or sold once closed

COLUMBUS — “The shutdowns will eliminate toxic compounds, including mercury, along with pollutants that cause smog and soot. But what will become of these plants after the lights go out? There are other environmental hazards at coal-fired plants, including asbestos, contaminated soil in coal yards, ash lagoons and landfills, and […]