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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?

Tennessee Demands Details On TVA Coal Sludge Cleanup

AP | DUNCAN MANSFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The state of Tennessee demanded answers and cooperation Tuesday from the nation's largest public utility in the aftermath of ...

TVA Doublespeak Translated: "We Must Stress the Fish"

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

TVA seems determined to bury the public in confusing technical jargon. What everyone wants to know is: is my family going to get sick or get cancer and die if we drink our tap water?

TVA Found In Violation Of Tennessee Water Quality Act | Ron Clayton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Tennessee Valley Authority was found in violation of the state's Water Quality Control Act of 1977 after sludge from the No. 3 Ocoee Dam was relea...

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.

Group Calls On TVA To Cover Spill Victims' Medical Costs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

That massive spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant, which flooded over 400 acres with 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ...

Two Spills Rattle Public's Faith In Tennessee Valley Authority

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

STEVENSON, Ala. — Standing on a porch near the Widows Creek power plant Saturday, Charlie Cookston took a drag off a cigarette and ticked off th...

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.

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.

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.

Another TVA Ash Spill

A. Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
A. Siegel

For Christmas, rather than Clean Coal carolers, too many in Tennessee were serenaded with evacuation notices and concerns about drinking water due to the massive Kingston ash pond rupture.

Oklahoma Sen. Inhofe Walks Out on TVA Disaster Hearings

Dave Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dave Cooper

Did Sen. Inhofe have an important engagement -- something more important than the problem of one million pounds of arsenic being dumped in our drinking water?

SECOND TVA SPILL: Dam Breaks At Alabama Coal Plant

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

AP reports on a second TVA spill: The Tennessee Valley Authority says a waste pond at its Widows Creek power plant in northeast Alabama has ruptured ...

TVA Board Members' Donations To Lamar Alexander

Nashville Is Talking | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As I looked at the political contributions made by the Tennessee Valley Authority Board Members, one recipient kept coming up over and over: Sen. Lama...

Ocoee River Gets Gift Of Sludge From TVA, Too | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

TVA has released muddy sludge once again, this time on the Ocoee River in East Tennessee. Efforts to repair one of a series of dams on the river rele...

Rep. Zach Wamp Calls Tennessee Spill "Katrina-Like"

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said Thursday they want stricter rules for toxic ash from coal-fired power plants following a massive spill in Ten...

Tom Kilgore, TVA CEO, Will Testify Before Congress Over "Exaggerated Deference"

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The major coal ash spill in Roane County, Tenn., which destroyed homes and has poisoned and gummed up portions of the Emory River, will get more natio...

Canoeing Into Tennessee Coal Sludge (Video)

Sandra Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sandra Diaz

The irony of a TVA cop giving us citations for criminal trespassing, even though we were in U.S. Waters, while islands of toxic coal ash were sitting behind him, did not escape me.

Exxon Valdez Survivor To Tennessee Coal Sludge Victims: Get Everything In Writing

Riki Ott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Open letter to Tennessee communities harmed by the coal ash spill By Riki Ott CORDOVA, Alaska -- I am sorry for your losses. These simple words wer...

Nature Has a Way with Black Swans

Harry Fuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harry Fuller

How the money's spent matters not just because the "stimulus" might work or fail... It matters because we're despoiling the planet at an ever greater rate and we don't have a replacement.

FEDS AGREE: Too Much Arsenic In Tennessee Coal Spill Water

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

KINGSTON, Tenn. — Federal data shows arsenic levels more than 100 times the acceptable amount in a river near a massive coal ash spill in East T...

Erin Brockovich To Visit Coal Ash Spill Site

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Erin Brockovich, the famous environmental advocate and law expert, will be visiting Tennessee to investigate ...

Landowners Sue Tennessee Valley Authority For $165M Over Coal Ash Spill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of land owners sued the Tennessee Valley Authority for $165 million on Tuesday over a dike burst that spilled more tha...

Tennessee Coal Ash Spill Before And After -- And What's Next

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The online environmental community is abuzz with reports of all kinds about the coal ash sludge spill in Tennessee, ranging from first-hand accounts t...

Tennessee Governor Bredesen To Tour Coal Sludge Site | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

According to his statement, the governor says he "fully expects TVA to fulfill its pledge to take all appropriate actions to assist those affected and...