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Five Years After Tragic Disaster in Tennessee, Still No Coal Ash Safeguards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This coming Sunday, Dec. 22, marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant's ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of t...

Coal Lobbyist Grinches Stole 2010, Obama Transparency Initiative Falters

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

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.

The Aftermath of the TVA Coal Ash Disaster

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

This is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. This was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Philip Hawes. Tennessee's Emory River has ...

EPA Coal Ash Hearings Intensify, Tennessee Hearing Added Following Controversy

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

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.

The Government Wants To Stop Another TVA Coal Ash Disaster, But Doesn't Want To Hear About It

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

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.

Round One of the EPA "Coal Ash Bowl" Goes to Big Coal

Matt Wasson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Wasson

The EPA will decide whether to either phase out coal ash storage ponds or to line them with plastic following a 90-day public comment period that began yesterday.

9 Worst Coal Mine Catastrophes (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Travis Walter Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As we were tragically reminded last week with the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that claimed 29 lives in West Virginia, coal mining is a dangerous an...

Coal Ash On 60 Minutes: Lax Coal Ash Recycling Practices "An Outrage"

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Lesley Stahl on Sunday's 60 Minutes did an in-depth look at the problems with the by-products of coal production, commonly known as coal ash. Coal ash...

Poverty Near The "High Hazard" Coal Ash Sites

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bruce Nilles

The public's right-to-know scored a victory this week when the Environmental Protection Agency finally released the list of the 44 coal ash sites deemed "high hazard."

Rep. Hechler to President Obama: Time for a Harry S. Truman Moment in the Coalfields

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Standing at the Massey Energy mountaintop removal operation last month, the 94-year-old Hechler showed no sign of retreating on this egregious violation of human rights and the environment.

Questions & Concerns Linger Over the TVA Spill

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

"It's like trying to get all the sand off a beach," said Sarah McCoin, member of the Tennessee Coal Ash Survivors Network, of the TVA's cleanup efforts.

Three Lessons We Still Haven't Learned 20 Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

J.S. McDougall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
J.S. McDougall

Take a 10 minute break today, on the anniversary of one of the most tragic--and still unresolved--environmental disasters of our modern energy age to reflect on three lessons.

Describing the Devastation of Mountaintop Mining

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

We also need to cap carbon and make coal pay its true price so that clean energy can compete with it. NRDC will be working on all of that.

Coal Waste in Rep. Nick Joe Rahall's Water

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

The coal industry doesn't want any regulation on coal waste, because it would hurt their corporate profits.

TVA Downplays Tennessee Coal Ash Spill

Rob Perks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Perks

A TVA memo scooped by the AP confirms what locals have been saying in the wake of the catastrophe, that TVA is more concerned with covering up than cleaning up its mess.

Coal is Dirty From Start to Finish

Sandra Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sandra Diaz

If the mining of coal is dirty, the burning of coal is dirty, and the waste left over from burning and processing coal is dirty, what's the solution?

TVA Disaster Spreads Far and Wide

Erin Brockovich and Robin Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erin Brockovich and Robin Greenwald

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.

Coal Ash Crisis Management: What's It Going to Take -- Dead Bodies?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

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.

Household Trash is Managed Better Than The TVA's Coal Ash

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

While your municipal government does a good job of handling your trash, the Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to protect Americans from hazardous waste. Coal ash fits the bill.

New Media Keeping Coal Ash Spill from Drowning in the Muck (VIDEO)

Sandra Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sandra Diaz

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.

Who Got Coal in Their Stockings?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The massive... spill of coal ash at the Kingston Power plant in Tennessee devastated homes, covered hundreds of acres, and threatens rivers, wildlife, and drinking-water sources.

A Lump of Coal in America's Stocking

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Derrick

The Environmental Protection agency has dispatched one investigator to investigate the nation's largest spill of coal ash. The disaster, spread over 2...

Massive Coal Sludge Spill Devastates Tennessee Town

Treehugger | Matthew Mcdermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

An environmental disaster of epic proportions just happened in Tennessee. Monday night 2.6 million cubic yards (the equivalent of 525.2 million gallon...

Ash Christmas: Yesterday's TVA Coal Disaster is Toxic Wake Up Call to Nation

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coal ash contains mercury, lead, and arsenic. Nearly 800 Olympic-size swimming pools of that toxic mix are flowing into the waterways of Tennessee right now.