Kentucky's Coal Challenges -- Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

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This week's column focuses on some big coal-related news items out of the Bluegrass State, where some inspiring Beyond Coal activists are making waves.   That good decision news comes along with a bad one: A Kentucky judge just ruled that a mountaintop- removal coal mine in Knott County does "not significantly affect the quality of the human environment."   Finally, we switch to the Kentucky coal industry's air pollution.

Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

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The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. My name is Nick Mullins and I am a 4th generation former underground coal miner from Southwestern Virginia. It also came at the expense of clean water and clean air for future generations. Coal Dirty Fuels Energy Solutions Health Politics

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David Keeps Winning: 10 Recent Victories That Will Give You Hope for the Planet

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That's the word I repeated over and over this summer, as news rolled in of one clean energy victory after another. These are David and Goliath campaigns, led by community groups fighting for the health of their families, for clean air and water, and for a safe climate.   Each one of these campaigns represents a major victory for local families, who point to these coal projects as threats to the safety of their kids and communities.

At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

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Late Wendesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations compelling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize safeguards against coal ash pollution by the end of this year. If the final protections are strong, getting them over the finish line will be a major victory for public health, safe communities, and clean water. This coal ash standard is a big one.

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ALEC's Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

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ALEC’s Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House. House of Representatives passed an amendment on April 18 to the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (HR 4348) that would effectively pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating coal ash, the waste from coal burning plants, as a hazardous waste. About 140 million tons of coal ash are produced by power plants in the United States each year.

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