DeSmogBlog: Coal Ash Sites Posing Increasing Dangers To Water Supplies, Public Health

toxins-in-water.jpg The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has once again put together a fantastic report regarding water contamination near coal ash disposal sites. Last year, the EIP released several reports showing that drinking water near coal ash disposal sites in states across America contained dangerous levels of heavy metals and other toxins, including arsenic. In total, ...

DeSmogBlog: ALEC’s Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

alec-exposed-600×400.jpg Authored by Sara Jerving of PRWatch.org and ALECExposed.org. Cross-posted with permission from the Center for Media and Democracy.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment on April 18 to the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (HR 4348) that would effectively pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating coal ash, the waste from coal ...

DeSmogBlog: Report: Arsenic From Coal Ash Disposal Sites Leaching Into Groundwater

toxic water 2.jpg The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has released a startling report showing that coal ash dumps near coal-burning power plants are leaching arsenic and other toxic chemicals into water supplies. The new report identifies 20 new sites in 10 different states where coal ash is contaminating water supplies. These sites are in addition ...

DeSmogBlog: New Lake Michigan Coal Ash Spill Raises Old Concerns

coal ash spill.jpg On Monday, a bluff surrounding a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based power plant collapsed, sending a cascade of debris and coal ash waste from the power plant into Lake Michigan. No injuries were reported by We Energies, the company who owns the power plant, but the environmental assessment will likely be less optimistic. We Energies, ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Make Money Having Fun, A Company That Makes Money Contaminating Water Supplies

money fun.jpg An Oklahoma coal fly ash disposal company has found themselves in hot, contaminated water over their practice of using oil and gas wastewater brine in the disposal of fly ash. According to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the fly ash disposal firm called (no joke) Make Money Having Fun, LLC has been ordered to ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Coal Ash Ponds Contaminating Groundwater In Tennessee

The Inspector General of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released a new report showing that coal ash holding sites at several TVA-owned coal-fired power plants has managed to contaminate groundwater. The report says that chemical concentrations are so high in certain areas that they could pose a serious health risk to residents. Among the chemicals ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: GOP Coal Ash Bill May Be Hazardous To Your Health

poison_sign.jpg The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted this week to allow a new bill on the regulation of coal ash to be considered for a full House vote. The bill, known as The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, would prevent the E.P.A. from classifying coal ash (or fly ash) as a toxic substance, ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Coal Ash Disposal Sites Contaminating Ground Water In 19 States

toxic1.jpg The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has released a new report showing that coal ash disposal sites are threatening water supplies at 33 sites located in 19 different states across the U.S. The EIP says that the levels of heavy metals like arsenic in these locations are dangerously higher than federally accepted levels, which the ...