Southeast Summer Coal Ash Roundup

Since the Dan River disaster hit almost 6 months ago, North Carolina has been front and center in coal ash news. So much so that it might seem that NC is the only Southeastern state with coal ash troubles. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s dangerous coal ash sites are not unique in the region, which is home [...]

Coal Ash Stories Come to Washington

This guest post is written by Jared Saylor, Earthjustice Campaign director, and was originally published on Earthjustice’s blog on July 8, 2014. You can access the original post here.  On July 8th, it was standing room only in a stately meeting room in the U.S. Capitol building as Senate staffers and a group of citizens gathered for [...]

Our View: Coal Ash Cleanup Bill Far Short of Our Needs

This guest post originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer’s Opinion Editorials on July 5, 2014. You can access the original piece here. The North Carolina General Assembly is working quickly to pass the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, which has been further weakened by the House and fails to protect North Carolina communities and [...]

Coal Ash and Summer Fun Just Don’t Mix

If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when you’re gearing up to get out on your favorite waterway for some summer fun. Whether you’re tubing, paddling, fishing, swimming or just taking in the scenery; our region’s rivers, lakes and streams are the perfect place to cool off and enjoy the great [...]

As NC Falters, Local Governments Support Coal Ash Cleanup

This guest post — written by Amy Adams, North Carolina Campaign Coordinator for Appalachian Voices –originally appeared on the Front Porch blog on June 20, 2014 and can be viewed here.  Last week, the North Carolina Senate introduced a coal ash bill that would require Duke Energy to clean up coal ash at only four [...]

Coal Ash Legal Fight Moves to Florida

With all the news following the Dan River coal ash disaster this February, it may seem that North Carolina is the only Southeastern state with coal ash woes. Unfortunately, there are plenty of problems to go around with at least 450 ash dumpsites scattered across our region. Many of these are aging, unlined, wet storage [...]

Coal Ash Still Has North Carolina Stumped

In our work to promote clean, healthy and safe energy choices in the Southeast, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy tackles some pretty complex issues; from the big-picture question of how to reduce our contribution to carbon pollution to the economic and policy implications of new clean energy technologies and environmental regulations. Solving the Southeast’s coal ash [...]

Thirsty Vogtle nuclear reactors would guzzle more water from the Savannah River

Southern Company’s water-hogging Plant Vogtle aims to get even thirstier if the proposed two new nuclear reactors under construction receive approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for a large water withdrawal permit from the already imperiled Savannah River. The state agency is considering a permit request for up to 74 million gallons per [...]

EPA Finalizes Power Plant Water Intake Rules To Save Billions Of Aquatic Animals Every Year

This guest piece was written by Ari Phillips and originally published on ThinkProgress’ Climate section on May 20, 2014. On Monday [May 19, 2014], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized standards to try to protect the estimated 2.1 billion fish, crabs, and shrimp that are killed annually by being drawn into cooling water systems at large [...]

Coal Ash Gets Its Day In Court

As predicted in our last blog post on the Dan River coal ash disaster, the repercussions of this tragic event continue to make daily news. While environmental and community advocacy groups have been warning about the dangers of coal ash impoundments for years, it has taken another coal ash catastrophe to spur the State of [...]