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90 percent of coal plants taint groundwater with toxic coal ash

According to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, 243 of 265 of coal plants that monitor groundwater pollution across the nation have been shown to be leaking toxic coal ash pollution. By Meteor Blades The data from about three-quarters of U.S. coal plants come from utility filings mandated by federal coal ash rules that the Trump […]

March 11th

Pruitt Watch: Why does the head of the EPA want you eating, drinking, and breathing coal ash?

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt headed to Capitol Hill Thursday, where he was grilled by members of Congress on his many ethical scandals, which have been making headlines for weeks. By Mary Anne Hitt Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Some of the regular Americans who are paying the price for Scott Pruitt’s leadership were in […]

May 1st

Speak Out Now – EPA to Regulate Toxic Coal Ash

(From our sister blog, Coal power plants are by far the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in this country. Their pollution is making our planet a more dangerous place to live. But these coal plants also create a by-product waste called “coal ash.”  Coal ash contains toxic chemicals like arsenic, mercury and lead […]

November 18th

TVA Coal Ash Disaster Much Worse Than Originally Thought

Tuesday’s initial reports about the coal ash disaster in Harriman, Tennessee at the TVA’s Kingston Power Plant turned out to be false. The Tennessee Valley Authority initially estimated the spill to be approximately 500 million gallons, although they have now amended their estimate to 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic waste, which is the equivalent of over one billion gallons.

December 28th

Coal Slurry Disaster in Tennessee is Largest Ever

Unnatural disasters have become a fact of life dependent upon fossil fuels. The latest of these disasters came early Monday morning when a coal slurry impoundment at the TVA Kingston Power Plant near Harriman, TN burst, allowing approximately 500 million gallons of toxic coal ash to rush into the surrounding community.

December 23rd