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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.

EPA Reaches Deal With Duke To Clean Dan River Coal Ash

AP | By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MITCH WEISS | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal environmental officials said Thursday that they have reached a deal with Duke Energy to clean up its mess from a massiv...

Judge Orders Duke Energy To Stop Groundwater Pollution At Coal Ash Dumps

AP | MITCH WEISS | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps, a judge said ...

'If You Want To Know What It's Like Living Near A Coal Ash Pond, This Is It'

AP | MITCH WEISS and MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 04.24.2014 | Green

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — From his modest home near the Cape Fear River, Sam Malpass can glimpse the tall stacks of Duke Energy's Sutton Steam Electri...

Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Despite being a political football [pdf] that had been tossed around Capitol Hill, the coal industry and EPA headquarters throughout the '90s and early aughts, coal ash was rarely a topic of dinner conversation around most American supper tables, I suspect.

Coal Ash Not Yet Fully Contained From River

AP | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it is diverting the flow of coal ash from reaching a North Carolina river, but the company cannot yet declare the...