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These North Carolina coal power plants and coal ash storage pits were flooded during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The flooding potential for Hurricane Florence is even higher and more widespread.
(Photo Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance)
Article September 17, 2018

Why Hurricane Florence Could Become a Public Health Crisis

In the path of the storm are giant pits filled with coal ash, lagoons swirling with hog manure, Superfund sites and industrial facilities stocked with toxic chemicals.

This NASA satellite image of North Carolina's coast shows water discolored by excess soils, sediments, decaying leaves, pollution and other debris after Hurricane Florence.
(Photo Courtesy of Joshua Stevens / NASA)
Article September 21, 2018

Hurricane Florence Brings Another Hog Waste Flood to North Carolina

Mixed in with the hurricane's floodwaters are the contents of huge pits filled with pig poop.

Coal ash spilled by Hurricane Florence coats a turtle in Cape Fear River, North Carolina. (Riverkeepers cleaned and released the turtle.)
(Pete Harrison / Earthjustice)
Article September 21, 2018

Along With Flooding, Hurricane Florence Unleashes Toxic Coal Ash

The coal industry dumped its toxic waste in the cheapest way possible. Now coal ash pits are leaking and spilling amid flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15a.m. ET, Sept. 14, as a Category 1 storm. The GOES East satellite captured this geocolor image of the massive storm at 7:45a.m. ET, shortly after it moved ashore.
Press Release September 14, 2018

Earthjustice Statement on Devastating Hurricane Florence

Earthjustice VP calls on federal gov’t and state to utilize all available resources to help communities

During Hurricane Florence, concentrated animal feeding operations like this one in Warsaw, North Carolina, flooded the surrounding community with hog waste.
(Justin Cook for Earthjustice)
Article January 9, 2019

The Storm Moved on, But North Carolina’s Hog Waste Didn’t

Earthjustice and our partners are working to prevent future hog waste floods in the area hit hardest by Hurricane Florence.

Toxic coal ash leaks from a breached pond at the L.V. Sutton Power Station outside Wilmington, North Carolina, following Hurricane Florence in Sept. 2018.
(Waterkeeper Alliance / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Press Release December 19, 2018

Utilities Admit Coal Plants in 22 States are Violating Federal and State Pollution Standards by Leaking Toxic Chemicals into Groundwater

Conservation groups seek a court order to stop new Trump rule from delaying closure of leaking toxic coal ash dumps

The aftermath from the coal ash spill after the dam collapsed at the Kingston Plant in Harriman, TN.
(United Mountain Defense)
Press Release October 22, 2018

Environmental Groups Challenge Trump Administration Coal Ash Rule Rollback in Court

In wake of recent court decision, EPA’s watering down of coal ash regulations on weak footing

FirstEnergy's Little Blue Run coal ash impoundment, built in 1975 and containing coal ash from the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, is the largest unlined coal ash pond in the United States, spanning Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
feature May 3, 2023

Toxic Coal Ash in Pennsylvania: Addressing Coal Plants’ Hazardous Legacy

Coal ash is leaching unsafe levels of toxic pollutants into groundwater at 91% of coal plants. Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s top coal ash-generating states, with more than 67 coal ash dumpsites.

The devastating coal ash spill at Kingston, TN in 2008.
(Dot Griffith / Appalachian Voice via United Mountain Defense)
Press Release July 2, 2019

Trump EPA Continues Attack on Coal Ash Protections with Polluter Welfare

The latest rollback removes the requirement for coal plants to set aside money for clean up of their toxic waste so the public doesn’t foot the bill

Summer tomato harvest at Harlem Grown, an Earthjustice partner and New York City-based community organization working to increase access to and knowledge of healthful food.
(Sorangel Arlyn Liriano / Earthjustice)
feature October 28, 2022

Climate, Land, Food, Bodies

Alongside our partners, Earthjustice is working to reform the food and farming system, driving the transition from current industrial practices, which churn out unhealthy food and substantial quantities of pollution, to a new model that prioritizes the sustainable production of nutritious food.

Coal ash contaminates our lives. A speaker wears a button during the U.S. EPA's public hearing on April 24, 2018.
(Matt Roth for Earthjustice)
feature October 15, 2018

The Impacts Of The Ash

As we fight the Trump administration’s attempts to weaken protections for our air and water, Americans explain how coal ash contaminates our lives.

Press Release May 3, 2011

50 States United for Healthy Air – A Broad Perspective on Protecting Health

Doctors, nurses, clergy and affected citizens travel from across the country to Washington D.C. demanding clean air

The water quality challenges facing Grand Lake have led public officials and business leaders to mobilize to protect it.
(Charles Yates / CC BY 2.5)
Press Release October 9, 2017

Grand Lake Organization Calls For Heightened Water Quality Protections At Colorado’s Largest And Deepest Natural Lake

Change would protect Grand Lake’s water quality from further degradation

Toxic coal ash dust at the Making Money Having Fun Landfill in Bokoshe, OK.
(Photo used with permission)
Press Release September 28, 2018

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit Against Transfer Of Oversight Of Toxic Coal Ash Dumps From Federal Government To Oklahoma

Contrary to court order, Oklahoma allows unlined toxic coal ash ponds to continue operating

GOES East satellite imagery of Hurricane Michael as the storm made landfall at 1:30 p.m. ET, October 10, 2018.
Press Release October 12, 2018

Earthjustice Calls for Support for Those Devastated by Hurricane Michael

Failure to take federal action to address climate change has left the nation vulnerable

Imágenes satelitales del huracán Michael tocando tierra el 10 de octubre de 2018, en Florida. Climas extremos y calentamientos del mar amenazan a comunidades en muchas partes de los Estados Unidos.
(Image Courtesy of NOAA)
Article October 17, 2018

En la lucha contra el cambio climático, los estados están produciendo soluciones

Mientras Trump siga destruyendo protecciones ambientales, los estados serán los responsables de una política ambiental.

Press Release November 18, 2021

Colorado Could Lead Nation in Fighting Air Pollution, But Isn’t

National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club, and Earthjustice call for improvements on Colorado’s regional haze plan to better protect air quality and public health

Earthjustice is partnering with community groups to fight for just and protective EPA standards for lead in the dust and paint in our homes.
(Dedi Grigoroiu/Shutterstock)
From the Experts June 29, 2018

Weighing In on EPA’s Lead Proposal

Public comments on the EPA’s proposed update to the dust-lead hazard standard urge the agency to adopt a more protective rule.