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February 26, 2013 | Article

China to Introduce Carbon Fees

The jury is still out on whether the U.S. will join other major emitters by putting fees on carbon pollution. But claims that U.S. action would be dangerously bold are no longer valid.

January 15, 2013 | Article

Tr-Ash Talk: Is There Something In Missouri's Water?

In Missouri, rape apparently does not cause pregnancy, and it’s OK for children to eat coal ash.

When Missouri Republican Todd Akin said last August that “legitimate rape” rarely results in conception, the congressman caused quite a stir—and this offensive nonsense, broadcast coast to coast, likely cost him a Senate seat.

December 24, 2012 | Article

EPA Grants Deathly Delay Of Cement Rule

“…My son's school would be named in a USA Today report as being in the upper 1 percent of the most toxic schools in the nation—the same school I butted heads with cement plant executives about being under the toxic plumes while children were at recess.”

– Alex Allred,
50 States United Clean Air Ambassador from Texas

December 11, 2012 | Article

Mercury in Fish, A Growing Problem

A new report has some not-so-great news for those who love to eat fish. Mercury is turning up in fish from all over the world—and coal is one of the main culprits.

Coal burned in power plants releases mercury, basically dissolved in smoke, that later settles out over the land. It typically falls out of the atmosphere within 30 miles or so of where it was burned and then finds its way into soil and runoff that eventually end in the oceans.

December 4, 2012 | Article

Tr-Ash Talk: Low-Income and Communities of Color Breathe More Dirty Air

The results of a comprehensive study investigating the impacts of living near 378 coal plants in the United States have found that people of color and low-income communities are disproportionately more burdened by this pollution than any other segment of the population. Coal Blooded was pulled together by the NAACP, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) and the Indigenous Environmental Network.

November 30, 2012 | Article

Boxer Throws Punch At Coal Ash

Some members of the Senate believe it’s acceptable to write up legislation to prevent the EPA from regulating toxic coal ash—and then attach it to a completely unrelated bill.

October 23, 2012 | Case

Protecting Consumers from Mercury in Seafood

Consumer protection and environmental advocates, represented by Earthjustice, have filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failing to respond to a petition asking the FDA to give consumers clear, accurate and accessible information about toxic mercury in the seafood they eat.

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