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December 5, 2013 | Blog Post

"Pure Michigan" Might Not be So Pure

Every year in Michigan coal plants produce more than 1.7 million tons of coal ash. In addition to the threats posed by unchecked coal ash storage sites, “beneficial reuse” provisions of Michigan law allow for coal ash to be used in trenches as construction fill or spread on agricultural fields.

November 27, 2013 | Blog Post

The Insanity of Pennsylvania Coal Ash

How is coal ash dumped at one site hazardous, but beneficial at another? The Little Blue Run coal ash impoundment has poisoned nearby waters with arsenic, selenium, boron and more. Residents tell of murky sludge oozing from the ground around their homes.

November 21, 2013 | Blog Post

Dirtying America's Remote Frontier

Alaska—the last frontier of untamed American wilderness. Unfortunately, it’s also home to dirty coal. The second part of our ongoing series about communities dealing with coal ash problems takes us far north where in Fairbanks four coal-fired power plants generate coal ash used as fill for nearby lowlands.

October 30, 2013 | Blog Post

A Spooky Premise

What if EPA’s coal ash rule doesn’t close unlined lagoons? Wet dumping is the cheapest way, in the short-term, to dispose of toxic coal ash—but it is also the most dangerous.

October 24, 2013 | Blog Post

TVA Five Years Later—Lessons Not Learned

Attorney Lisa Evans visited Harriman, TN, five years after the nation's worst coal ash spill. After half a decade and more than a billion dollars, the visible ash is gone, but so is the entire neighborhood closest to the plant.

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