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

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22, marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant’s ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge into homes, onto farmland, and into the Emory and Clinch Rivers in Roane County - one of the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. Five years later, we''re still waiting - and pushing - for the Environmental Protection Agency to put in place long-overdue protections to prevent more coal ash disasters. Coal Coal-Director Health

Yet Another Coal Ash Spill: This Time in North Carolina

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On Sunday, a stormwater pipe burst underneath an unlined pit storing wet coal ash at a retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River , six miles upstream from a drinking water source. This event is far from over as the river is grey from the coal ash and Duke Energy has yet to implement a permanent solution to stop the flow of coal ash into the river.


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Forests can bounce back after acid rain

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Acid rain was the fallout of industrial chemicals and pollution into forests and lakes. It killed lakes all over Canada and I remember canoeing in beautiful, but dead, lakes when I was a kid. Coal plants can also actually cause rain.

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. Coal ash is the toxic by-product left over when coal is burned for electricity. When coal ash comes in contact with water, a soup of hazardous pollutants can leach out of the waste and poison our water.

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The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

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" For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring. And it gets worse -- how about this article featuring a former WV coal miner, Joe Stanley, who says : "I watched the coal industry poison our water for years. We know the coal industry is getting away with poisoning our waterways nationwide, and a new study of federal data by the Associated Press shows just that. Coal Coal-Director Health Politic