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. The proud heritage of the coal miner has been soiled by the greed of an industry that knows no bounds in its exploitation of decent, hardworking people. 

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

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Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm " 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.

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

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  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. They also add up to a sea change in how we make electricity in America: 178 coal plants and 505 coal boilers, one-third of U.S. coal plants, are now retired or slated to retire. West Virginia: In late August, the D.C. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health

Enough is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

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Hundreds of thousands of people have learned that the hard way over recent weeks, after a dangerous coal chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia's capitol city, and then toxic coal ash from a retired Duke Energy power plant spilled into North Carolina's Dan River ( and now there's another coal slurry spill in WV ). "They dominate in West Virginia's life. Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Campaign Director.

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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Speaking Out for Clean Water Protections

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We heard personal stories of families living in the shadow of coal plants who have been directly affected by toxic water pollution from power plants.   Believe it or not, for decades, power plants have been allowed to dump toxic pollution into our nation’s waterways, with almost no limits. Coal fired power plants are the number one source of toxic water pollution in the U.S., It’s time for coal plants to clean up their act once and for all.

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Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

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Last week, security guards at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters blocked me from delivering 9,000 petitions signed by Duke customers calling on the company to clean up its toxic coal ash, in the wake of a spill that decimated 70 miles of the Dan River. Well, the issue of coal pollution in our water is not going away - not by a long shot. Our last coal ash spill." It may be stored near your drinking water supply - check out our new map of coal as sites to find out.

Will the next coal ash disaster be in your neighborhood?

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Guess what - you might be living near a toxic coal ash dump that threatens your local water supply, without even knowing it. Today, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice are releasing a new report called "Dangerous Waters: America's Coal Ash Crisis" that highlights some of the most unsafe coal ash sites in the nation. These are the realities and threats that millions of Americans face every day living near coal ash impoundments.

To Live Dangerously or Not to Live Dangerously? It's Our Choice

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In the episode, actor Ian Somerhalder follows Anna Jane Joyner, a young woman trying to persuade her evangelical pastor father that climate disruption is real, while she is also a full-time climate activist and one of the real-life heroes working with me and thousands more to move beyond coal. Just last week, we announced coal plant retirement #165 , when we won our campaign to retire the Reid Gardner plant in Nevada. What's next? What can I do?

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One Big Step Closer to Ending Mountaintop Removal - Compass

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« Coal Ash Dumps Threaten Our Health | Main. One of Appalachia's biggest coal companies is getting out of the mountaintop removal business. Patriot also plans to move forward with Huff Creek, a proposed metallurgical coal mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, but preserves the right of the groups to challenge that permit in the event that the EPA identifies water quality concerns with the permit. Coal-Director. Compass.

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On Heels of Inaugural Address, Sierra Club Announces Coal.

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Secretary Kerrys Solar Surge » On Heels of Inaugural Address, Sierra Club Announces Coal Retirement Milestone. The day after that inspiring call to action by our President, the Sierra Club is announcing a milestone in the steady progress we’ve been making for two years to tackle climate disruption by moving America beyond coal. Join us. -- Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Beyond Coal Campaign. Coal-Director. Compass. « Recent Creation Care Highlights | Main.

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Clean Energy Continues to Break Records, Lead the Way - Compass

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« Angry in Indy: Activists Take On Big Coals Plan to Raise Rates | Main. With every passing month, more polluting coal plants are being retired -- like these plants in Minnesota , just announced last week - - and more clean energy continues to come online to replace it. New Jersey, Virginia, and South Carolina could meet well over half their state’s energy needs with offshore wind. Coal-Director. Compass.

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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Daily demand and supply: Why carbon capture was, but is not currently, viable

Environmental Economics

  High costs have trumped high hopes in the quest to reduce globe-warming pollution from coal-fired power plants. A day after American Electric Power said it would halt a project to bury carbon dioxide deep beneath a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia, experts say the decision reflects a seismic change in the economics of generating electricity. Those same dollars might be better spent on building natural-gas-fired power plants, he said.