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Coal Ash

The time to implement smart coal ash disposal policy is now

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Power companies are closing down old, air polluting, coal-fired power plants as we move toward cleaner, more sustainable ways to generate electricity....

The EPA Could Have Protected These People From Breathing Coal Dust Every Day. So Why Didn't It?

Center for Public Integrity | Johanna Barr | Posted 06.30.2016 | Green

BOKOSHE, Oklahoma — Here in the land of wind-whipped, rolling plains, the gray dust, which sparkles in just the right light, seems inescapable. Resi...

'Green News Report' - May 19, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.19.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump promises to toss historic UN climate agreement; Native American tri...

'Green News Report' - May 19, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.19.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump promises to toss historic UN climate agreement; Native American tri...

Toxic Coal Ash Could Be Coming to Landfill Near You -- Here's Why It Matters

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Coal ash contains known carcinogens such as arsenic, lead and mercury. This is why the EPA is now regulating coal ash. As power companies shut down or upgrade their facilities, the need to permanently dispose of this hazardous byproduct is growing. So far, these companies have dumped millions of tons of coal ash into unlined landfills across America -- putting our water supply at risk.

Echoes of Flint, as North Carolina Water Pollution Is Swept Under the Rug

Logan Smith | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Logan Smith

As a registered Republican who voted for McCrory in 2012, Deb thought her governor would be willing to help clean up the coal ash pollution she believes contributed to her husband's early death. But after her repeated attempts to contact the governor's office were ignored, Deb is starting to regret helping McCrory become governor.

The Coal Ash Money Train -- North Carolina's Poisoned Democracy

Rep. Pricey Harrison | Posted 03.16.2016 | Green
Rep. Pricey Harrison

It's clear that when corporate dollars pervade the government systems built to protect the public, we can no longer count on government to do its job and look after its most vulnerable communities.

As Communities Suffer, Coal Ash Safeguards Under Attack

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.02.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

"When I learned about one of the Environmental Protection Agency's coal ash waste risk assessments stating that living near a wet coal ash pond was si...

Coal Ash Dump in Alabama's Black Belt -- Another Symbol of Racism's Staying Power

Keith Rushing | Posted 02.12.2016 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

Esther Calhoun crumpled tissue and wiped away tears, last week, as she told a federal commission what it was like to live next to a mountain of hazard...

EPA Must Enact Strong Water Pollution Standards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you're a parent like me who loves to watch your child play in the local stream or lake, this information is infuriating and scary. The same goes if you're a wildlife lover, or some who just enjoys the outdoors and believes our waterways should remain safe and healthy.

Asheville Coal Plant to Retire After High-Profile, Three-Year Campaign

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, I want to honor some of the most hard-working activists on our Beyond Coal campaign -- Team Asheville in North Carolina. After years of rallies, public meetings, educational forums, leadership from the Asheville City council, letter-writing and even a visit from the TV star Ian Somerhalder on Tuesday, all that hard work paid off.

What Congress Is Really Doing To The First-Ever Federal Protections Against Toxic Coal Ash

Earthjustice | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Earthjustice

Since 2008, three major coal ash disasters have threatened lives, livelihoods and water quality in Virginia, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Tennessee, including the largest toxic waste spill in U.S. history. Communities across our country near leaking coal ash ponds and landfills can wait no longer.

'Green News Report' - April 23, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: After years of denial, Oklahoma finally admits fracking causes earthquake...

'Green News Report' -- February 24, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: VETOED: Obama nixes Keystone XL pipeline bill; EXPOSED: prominent climat...

Duke Energy Close To Settling With Government Over Spill

Reuters | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green

(Corrects to remove extraneous word "has" in second paragraph) * Says could reach settlement in "next several days" * Re...

'Green News Report' -- January 6, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.08.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: WHILE WE WERE OUT: The planet had its hottest year in recorded history; E...

Preventing the Next Coal Ash Disaster

Frank Holleman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Frank Holleman

This week is the sixth anniversary of the devastating coal ash spill at Kingston, Tennessee. A dam fell apart at one of TVA's coal ash lagoons, dumping over one billion gallons of coal ash and wreaking havoc that cost over $1 billion to clean up.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Releases Long-Anticipated Rules For Disposal Of Coal Ash

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency released new rules Friday for the disposal of coal ash, the first national guidelines for dealing wi...

The True Cost of Turning on the Lights

J Henry Fair | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

Coal ash is toxic as a bad marriage, but here's the irony: there are almost no regulations on its disposal, so power plants, which are generally on rivers, largely dump it in a series of giant pits, in incomprehensible quantities, where the rain leaches the toxics down into the groundwater.

America's Last Coal-Fired Ship Finally Stops Dumping Coal Ash Into Lake Michigan

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green

The 2014 season for Lake Michigan's only coal-powered passenger and car ferry comes to a close Sunday, signaling the end of the controversial practice...

Simple Questions, Simple Answers for North Carolina Voters

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Is Kay Hagan the Clean Choice in North Carolina? Yes. Is climate change real? Yes. Is Kay Hagan Running Clean? Yes. Is Thom Tillis a Dirty Denier? Yes. Simple questions with simple answers.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Conservation Groups File Complaint Over Leaking Dominion Virginia Power Coal Ash Ponds

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. F...

Weeks, Months, and Years Later, Still No Coal Ash Safety Standards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week marks the six month anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. In February 2014, a broken pipe released up to 82,000 gal...

Will the Next Coal Ash Disaster Be in Your Neighborhood?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Guess what -- you might be living near a toxic coal ash dump that threatens your local water supply, without even knowing it.

Clean Air Ruling Strikes One Must-Do Off EPA's List

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

We don't have to wait any longer. The Supreme Court says yes to regulating cross-state air pollution.