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Fighting For Protections From Coal Ash

The devastating coal ash spill in Kingston, TN, in December of 2008.

The devastating coal ash spill in Kingston, TN, in December of 2008.

Photo by Tennessee Valley Authority

What’s at Stake

For decades, coal ash has polluted our waters and our communities. We will not let polluter profits triumph over public health.

Overview

Coal ash, the toxic remains of coal burning in power plants, is full of chemicals that cause cancer, developmental disorders and reproductive problems. It poisons our water and kills fish and wildlife. But despite the threat, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House have done little to protect the waters we drink from coal ash contamination.

After our long court battle to get the first-ever federal safeguards on coal ash dumps, these hard-won protections are now endangered. The Trump administration is now moving to pull back the protections outlined in a settlement Earthjustice won on behalf of ten public interest groups and the Moapa Band of Paiutes.

We fight in the courts for a long-term solution to this toxic menace: strong, enforceable federal rules protecting our water and our health from exposure to toxic coal ash pollution. And we act on behalf of dozens of clients and coalition partners to defeat legislative attempts to subvert federally enforceable safeguards of coal ash

We need strong safeguards that protect our health and our environment. Polluters don’t want to clean up their toxic mess and are pressuring the EPA and Congress to ignore this growing problem. But together, we can illuminate the coal ash problem and push decision-makers to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Case Updates

July 29, 2021 | Report

Reuse and Economics Impacts: NIPSCO Power Generation Facility, Michigan City, IN (KirK Engineering & Natural Resources, Inc.)

Through case studies, KirK Engineering & Natural Resources presents examples of community planning and redevelopment success stories at retired U.S. industrial facilities. The studies were selected based on the proposed redevelopment end use or the process used to engage a community in the redevelopment process. Based on these studies, the report presents recommendations and potential options for redevelopment of the Michigan City Generation Station.

July 29, 2021 | Report

Background Report: Benefits of Coal Ash Cleanup and Remediation (Applied Economics Clinic)

This report by a team of economists estimates the economic benefits associated with coal ash cleanup and remediation at the three power plants analyzed by KirK Engineering & Natural Resources in Montana, South Carolina, and Indiana. AEC’s analyses presents the economic impacts of two cleanup options estimated using (1) descriptions and costs of cleanup and remediation activities developed by KirK Engineering & Natural Resources Inc. and (2) AEC custom analysis using the IMPLAN model.