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Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

The Latest On: Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

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.

January 30, 2014 | Blog Post

Celebrating An Historic Agreement on Coal Ash

On January 29, 2014, the Department of Justice on behalf of the EPA lodged a consent decree with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that requires the EPA to publish a final rule addressing the disposal of coal ash by Dec. 19, 2014.

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