Skip to main content

Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

The Latest On: Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

June 5, 2014 | Case

Ending Dangerous Coal Ash Pollution into Florida's Apalachicola River

On behalf of three conservation groups, Earthjustice has filed a federal lawsuit to stop toxic water pollution that is leaking into the Apalachicola River from an aging 40-acre coal ash dump at Gulf Power Company’s Scholz Generating Plant near Sneads, Florida. The groups say Gulf Power is illegally discharging dangerous pollutants—including arsenic and lead—into the river, threatening people and the environment in the most ecologically-diverse area of the southern United States.

May 14, 2014 | Case

Ending Dangerous Coal Ash Pollution into the Ohio River

Time-lapse photography from a camera strapped to a tree captured a year’s worth of images proving that dangerous coal ash wastewater from a plant owned by the utility company Louisville Gas & Electric is pouring unabated into the Ohio River.

May 14, 2014 | Case

Cleaning Up Power Plant Water Pollution

Toxic water pollution sickens people, and power plants are by far its largest source. Arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead and other pollutants are being discharged into public waters from power plants without any specific limits.

April 28, 2014 | In the News: Marketplace

Coal Ash = Environmental Win (When You Recycle It)

The Environmental Protection Agency endorsed mixing coal ash into cement as an alternative to storing it in ponds, claiming it makes cement stronger and emits less emissions than other cement refining techniques. Mixing coal ash into cement could also prevent toxins such as arsenic, lead and mercury from contaminating groundwater. “I think characterizing it as a ‘win’ would be accurate. If you’re going to make coal ash in the first place, locking it up in concrete is preferable to a lot of the other ways we use or dispose of coal ash,” said Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans.

April 11, 2014 | Feature

The Coal Ash Problem

Coal ash is filled with toxic levels of multiple pollutants—which can poison drinking water sources. See the infographic, and learn how you can help to solve the coal ash problem.

Pages