Santee Cooper Leads South in Cleaning Up Coal Ash Waste

For almost half a century Santee Cooper dumped coal ash in unlined pits at its Grainger Power Station in Conway, South Carolina. This ash pollutes the Waccamaw River with high levels of arsenic and other toxic heavy metals, prompting SACE and other conservation groups to file suit against the utility for violating the federal Clean Water [...]

Southeast Coal Roundup – Duke and Other Southeast Utilities

Across our region, utilities are announcing idling or retirement of their older, uncontrolled coal units and embracing futures with less coal and more renewables in their long term generation planning.  First we brought you the story of coal’s decline in the TVA service territory.  Last week we followed up with a look at the future [...]

EPA: Coal Plants Still #1 Source of U.S. Carbon Emissions

There’s nothing like a heaping serving of data to really drive a point home – and that’s exactly what the Environmental Protection Agency does with its most recent report of plant-by-plant emissions data.  EPA’s 2011 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program report is loaded with emissions data from 1,594 fossil fuel plants across the nation.  The resoundingly [...]

More Tricks than Treats from Coal Industry

In case the horror movies and Hurricane/Frankenstorm Sandy weren’t enough to scare you this Halloween season, a glimpse at the horrors that are unleashed due to the operation of coal fired power plants should send chills down your spine. Recently, Dr. Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University, released a terrifying [...]

Santee Cooper Sees the Light, Cancels Pee Dee Coal Plant

In an astounding turn of events today, the state-owned utility Santee Cooper Board voted unanimously to suspend their plans to permit and develop the Pee Dee coal-fired power plant in Florence County, South Carolina (along the banks of the Great Pee Dee River). Our hearty congratulations to all of our South Carolina colleagues and allies [...]