coal ash


EPA's Coal Ash Storage Rule Shouldn't Let Utilities Off the Hook: Viable Options Exist

December 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

EPA Coal Ash Regulation and Utilities

For a President who likes to champion cleaner, safer and cost effective energy and environmental solutions, it caught some by surprise when Barack Obama’s EPA punted on December 19th on classifying toxic coal ash as a hazardous waste which would have set stringent disposal requirements.[read more]

Coal Ash and Fracking Fluid: Two More Victories for Environmental Protection

December 24, 2014 by Steven Cohen

While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government--one in our national government and the other in the New York state government.[read more]


Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

November 25, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Coal Ash Waste Disposal Risk

140 million tons of waste ash is dumped by utilities along major waterways every year throughout the United States. Recent ruptures have done a great deal to underscore the growing public health and safety risks to both human beings and wildlife.[read more]

Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a 'Bypass' on Regulations Against Pollution

March 26, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Coal Pollution and Regulation

When we think of electric power plants and pollution, we often think of air pollution and climate change, and especially when it comes to coal-fired power plants. But power plants are also huge polluters of our waterways — our streams, rivers and lakes.[read more]

Can Coal Fly Ash Waste Be Put To Good Use?

February 24, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Coal Fly Ash Waste

A huge coal ash spill was discovered on at the Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina that has caused significant damage to the Dan River. The spill was caused when a storm drain pipe that runs underneath the containment pond collapsed and allowed 82,000 tons of ash to flow into the river.[read more]

Coal Ash: Why it is Better Recycled Than as a Waste

February 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Coal Ash Waste and Recycling

EPA has announced that the two primary encapsulated uses of coal ash are safe, so recyclers have no legitimate remaining arguments to support their previous requests for a weak coal ash rule. Coal burning utilities stated that regulating coal ash waste would hurt the market for recycling of coal ash.[read more]

Three Important Energy Reality Checks

February 18, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There were three important reality checks in the energy sector last week. First, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Edison Electric Institute issued a joint statement of eight recommendations aimed at policy-makers about redefining regulated electric utility business models.[read more]

Coal Ash Causing Problems in Carolina

February 7, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Carolina and Coal Ash

On Monday February 3, Duke Energy officially notified the public that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash leaked from a pond at a retired power plant and were flowing into the Dan River. This volume of ash would fill between 20 and 32 Olympic-size swimming pools.[read more]

Update on Coal Ash Pollution: In Words and on Film

August 5, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel we’ve got. We get more pollution from coal than from petroleum and way more than from natural gas. Most goes up in smoke, so to speak. It’s emitted as gas or as fine particles that find their way up through the smokestack and into the atmosphere.[read more]

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

Originally posted at Huffington Post Yesterday, the EPA issued their long-awaited proposal for new rules on how to regulate the disposal and storage of coal combustion waste (CCW), the byproduct of coal-fired power plants. Since December of 2008, when more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash spilled into the Emory River from a...[read more]

EPA Proposes Regulatory Options for Coal Ash

New Rules Would Provide Varying Levels of Protection for NC's Waterways An update from our friends at Appalachian Voices... The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled two options today to regulate coal ash waste from coal-fired power plants, amid concerns by environmental groups that one of the options would not be strong enough...[read more]