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Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

The Latest On: Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

April 11, 2014 | Feature

The Coal Ash Problem

Coal ash is filled with toxic levels of multiple pollutants—which can poison drinking water sources. No federal regulations for this waste currently exist. See the infographic, and learn how you can help to solve the coal ash problem.

March 10, 2014 | Case

Defending Uniontown, AL from Toxic Coal Ash

Earthjustice is representing six Alabama residents in a civil rights complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits recipients of federal funds, including state agencies, from taking actions or implementing policies that have unjustified disproportionate adverse effect on the basis of race. The complaint is against the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for reissuing and modifying Arrowhead Landfill’s permit without proper and readily enforceable protections of public health.

March 6, 2014 | Feature

A Toxic Inheritance

The nation’s worst coal ash spill was scooped up from a prosperous community and dumped across state lines into the lives of a low-income community. But Alabama's Perry County is fighting back.

February 26, 2014 | Video

Limpien las Cenizas Tóxicas de Carbón

Cada año, las centrales eléctricas producen 140 millones de toneladas de cenizas de carbón. Con estas se podría llenar un tren desde el Polo Norte hasta el Polo Sur. Estas cenizas contienen arsénico, mercurio y plomo que pueden causar el cáncer y problemas de desarrollo.

February 24, 2014 | Blog Post

NC Regulators Ding Duke for a Penny Per Toxic Ton

Duke Energy's $99,000 penalty was nothing—it's like one of us, earning $50,000 a year, getting fined $1.90. Barely amounting to a library fine, this is no deterrent for the likes of Duke.

February 13, 2014 | Feature

High and Significant Hazard Coal Ash Dump Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rates coal ash ponds according to a National Inventory of Dams criteria that categorizes the ponds by the damage that would occur if the pond collapses. There are 331 High and Significant hazard coal ash ponds in the United States. The NID hazard potential ratings refer to the potential for loss of life or damage if there is a dam failure.

February 6, 2014 | Blog Post

NC Coal Ash Spill Demonstrates Urgent Need to Close Ponds

The EPA doesn’t need yet another reason to require the safe closure of the nation’s 1,070 coal ash ponds. But the massive leak of 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash from Duke Energy’s Dan River Power Station this week should set off a siren to wake our sleeping regulators.

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