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Una pila de cenizas de carb贸n, aproximadamente de una altura de cinco pisos, se encuentra junto a la central el茅ctrica AES-PR en la ciudad sure帽a de Guayama, Puerto Rico. (Mabette Col贸n)
feature April 16, 2024

Cenizas de Carb贸n T贸xicas en Puerto Rico: El Peligroso Legado de la Planta de Carb贸n de AES-PR

Applied Energy Services contin煤a contaminando el aire, el suelo y el agua en Puerto Rico con cenizas de carb贸n t贸xicas.

In the News: Indiana Public Radio March 13, 2024

Pines residents, activists worry coal ash cleanup standard for soil based on flawed data

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Clean Energy Program: 鈥淚t may result in very few properties being cleaned up if that [natural level of arsenic] standard is set artificially high.”

In the News: Energy News Network March 12, 2024

Parsing legal definitions, power industry pushes back on EPA coal ash enforcement

Gavin Kearney, Deputy Managing Attorney, Clean Energy Program: 鈥淭he whole overarching point (of the federal rules) is that groundwater contamination is a big problem; it鈥檚 really unsafe, and we have to prevent it. You can鈥檛 let water in (to a coal ash impoundment); you can鈥檛 let water out; you can鈥檛 let water just sit inside…

In the News: Indianapolis Star February 20, 2024

EPA: Cancer risk from coal ash higher than previously revealed. Could it be in your yard?

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Clean Energy Program: 鈥淣othing prevents power plants from moving radioactive waste from their own backyards into the backyards and neighborhoods where American families live.鈥

In the News: Inside Climate News February 8, 2024

EPA Reports 鈥淲idespread Noncompliance鈥 With the Nation鈥檚 First Regulations on Toxic Coal Ash

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Clean Energy Program: 鈥淲e see this as the first shot across the bow informing the utilities and states and stakeholders that EPA indeed does find significant noncompliance with the coal ash rule.鈥

In the News: Inside Climate News January 24, 2024

Environmentalists Rattled by Radioactive Risks of Toxic Coal Ash

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Clean Energy Program: 鈥淭he EPA has not come close to doing a risk assessment of the placement of coal ash in residential areas. They project that these utility sites may be redeveloped in the future and that this ash will pose a problem to human health at that point, which is…

Changemakers call for the EPA to hold utilities accountable for their coal ash pollution, on the day of an in-person public hearing held by the agency in Chicago on Jun. 28, 2023. (Jamie Kelter Davis for Earthjustice)
feature December 22, 2023

鈥楧o Your Job, EPA鈥: Stories From the Frontlines of Coal Ash

By law, before government regulations are adopted or changed, agencies must ask the public 鈥 you 鈥 to weigh in.

From the Experts August 24, 2023

EPA announces that cleaning up coal ash will be a top priority for enforcement

EPA acknowledges widespread noncompliance from coal-fired power plant owners.

In the News: Grist June 20, 2023

Closing the coal ash loophole

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Clean Energy Program, Earthjustice: 鈥淯nless you have a specific rule requiring investigation and cleanup, industry is just not going to do it.鈥

Speakers at the listening session held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, in San Francisco on Feb. 28, 2018.
(Martin do Nascimento / Earthjustice)
feature June 13, 2023

Guide to Preparing for Public Hearings on the Legacy CCR Rule

What to expect at EPA’s virtual and in-person hearings on the Legacy CCR Surface Impoundment Rule

The aftermath of the devastating coal ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant near Kingston, Tenn., in 2008. More than 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge burst from a dam, sweeping away homes and contaminating two rivers. (Dot Griffith/ Appalachian Voice via United Mountain Defense)
feature May 23, 2023

Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

Coal ash is what is left behind when power plants burn coal for energy, It is a toxic mix of carcinogens, neurotoxins, and other hazardous pollutants.

feature May 17, 2023

Coal Ash in the United States: Addressing Coal Plants鈥 Hazardous Legacy

Earthjustice analyzed industry data to explain, state by state, how and where coal ash is disposed and which dump sites are not yet monitored or regulated.

Map of power plant sites across the United States that have currently regulated and / or legacy coal ash units. (Caroline Weinberg / Earthjustice)
feature May 17, 2023

Where are Coal Ash Dump Sites?

Use this map to understand where coal ash might be stored near you.

The now-closed Waukegan Generating Station, on the shore of Lake Michigan in Waukegan, Ill. The coal-fired power plant still has sizable coal ash ponds threatening the environment. (Jamie Kelter Davis for Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory May 17, 2023

EPA Publishes Draft Rule to Expand Regulation of Toxic Coal Ash

Revisions to the rule address hundreds of legacy dumpsites previously excluded from safeguards

The aftermath of the devastating coal ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant near Kingston, Tenn., in 2008. More than 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge burst from a dam, sweeping away homes and contaminating two rivers. (Dot Griffith/ Appalachian Voice via United Mountain Defense)
feature May 4, 2023

Tennessee Valley Authority鈥檚 Toxic Coal Ash: Addressing Coal Plants鈥 Hazardous Legacy

Coal ash is leaching unsafe levels of toxic pollutants into groundwater at 91% of coal plants. The quasi-public utility, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), has a total of 56 coal ash dumpsites in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

A five-story pile of coal ash lies next to the AES-PR power plant in the southern town of Guayama, Puerto Rico. (Mabette Col贸n)
feature May 4, 2023

Toxic Coal Ash in Puerto Rico: The Hazardous Legacy of the AES-PR Coal Plant

Applied Energy Services continues to contaminate the air, soil, and water in Puerto Rico with toxic coal ash.

The NIPSCO R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield, Indiana, in 2018. (Alex Garcia for Earthjustice)
feature May 4, 2023

Toxic Coal Ash Near the Great Lakes: Addressing Coal Plants鈥 Hazardous Legacy

Coal ash is leaching unsafe levels of toxic pollutants into groundwater at 91% of coal plants. There are 88 coal ash dumpsites within two miles of one of the Great Lakes.

The Naughton Power Plant in Kemmerer, Wyoming, in 2010. (Nancy Nehring / Getty Images)
feature May 4, 2023

Toxic Coal Ash in Wyoming: Addressing Coal Plants鈥 Hazardous Legacy

Coal ash is leaching unsafe levels of toxic pollutants into groundwater at 91% of coal plants. Wyoming has 26 coal ash dumpsites.