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 [...]

Celebrate World Water Day: Four Power Plant Cooling Trends Help Us Party More Responsibly

This blog post by John Rogers of the Union of Concerned Scientists was published on March 20, 2014 here. This Saturday is World Water Day, and this year the focus is on the link between water and energy, a topic dear to my heart. Last year I offered some suggestions on how to celebrate World [...]

Dan River Disaster Recap Timeline

Having trouble keeping track of all the developments since the Dan River disaster began over a month ago? We continue to be amazed that the coal ash spill and subsequent developments have been in the news almost every day. This story has more twists and turns than the Dan River itself; sparking significant public outcry, [...]

Dan River spill spurs major ash clean up orders

Over a month has passed since a broken stormwater pipe under coal ash lagoons at Duke Energy’s retired Dan River power station began spewing 140,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan River*. The nation’s 3rd largest coal ash disaster has been fraught with scandal and news about the intimate relationship between Duke Energy and NC Department [...]

Alabama Voices: Coal ash a threat to state’s waters

This guest post is written by Cindy Lowry, Executive Director of Alabama Rivers Alliance and was originally published in the Montgomery Adviser on February 18, 2014. It is reposted here with permission.  If the recent chemical spill in West Virginia made you wonder about the safety of your drinking water supply, I don’t blame you. Over half [...]

No More Sweetheart Coal Ash Deals

While old-fashioned romance might go over well with your sweetie this Valentine’s day, old-fashioned coal ash dumps scattered across the Southeast need to go. The recent Dan River coal ash spill once again proved that leaving millions of gallons of toxic waste in unlined pits next to our rivers, lakes and streams is no way [...]

Thirteen More Coal Ash Disasters Waiting to Happen

Four days after the Southeast’s most recent coal ash disaster began, Duke Energy has yet to stop coal ash flowing into the Dan River. The impoundment failure is now the nation’s 3rd worst coal ash disaster and 13 additional Duke Energy power plants lurk across the state with old ash impoundments, already cited in lawsuits as [...]

Dan River Coal Ash Disaster Near Eden, North Carolina

Since the 2008 Kingston coal ash disaster we have often asked “when and where will it happen again”?  On Monday, February 3, 2014 we got an unfortunate answer when a stormwater pipe (that Duke apparently didn’t know was there) burst beneath a coal ash impoundment at Duke Energy’s retired Dan River Power Station near Eden, North Carolina. [...]

EPA Agrees to Deadline for Coal Ash Rule

This week the Environmental Protection Agency agreed to finalize first-ever federal regulation for the disposal of coal ash, by December 19, 2014; settling a lawsuit brought by Earthjustice on behalf of SACE and other environmental and public health groups. While the settlement does not dictate the content of the final regulation, it confirms the agency will [...]

Five year since Kingston: A December to Remember

This opinion piece was written by Ulla Reeves, SACE’s High Risk Energy Program Director, and was published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on December 22, 2014. This is the final post in a five part series commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Kingston coal ash disaster, highlighting communities throughout the Southeast impacted by coal ash [...]