Climate and energy legislation is dead, coal ash regulations are delayed indefinitely, mountaintop removal mining continues, and the myth of "clean coal" is alive and well thanks to continuing praise by Obama and Biden.
Reversing its embarrassing oversight, the EPA has added one final public hearing on coal ash regulatory proposals, to be held fittingly in Tennessee, the state that suffered the worst coal ash disaster in U.S. history in December 2008.
Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would put in place rules to ensure the safe disposal of coal ash, the toxic waste leftover after coal is burned to produce electricity.
It occurred to me that maybe more was going on at the site of the 1.1 billion gallon coal ash spill in Tennessee than what I could gather from the news. With an invitation from the community, I decided to make the trip to the disaster site.
Instead of crisis management, we need to phase-out all wet storage of toxic coal ash, inspect all toxic coal ash storage and disposal units and enact federal regulation of all toxic coal ash storage and disposal.
Volunteer organizations and individuals were largely responsible helping inject this disaster into the national media. I am hopeful we will see even more examples of this new media from the impacted residents.