How Will Hurricane Irma Impact Coal Ash in her Path?

Last year, Hurricane Matthew spilled coal waste into the Neuse River and burst the dirt embankment of a cooling pond at the H.F. Lee power plant in Goldsboro, NC. As record-breaking Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida and likely up toward Atlanta, at least 33 coal-fired power plants lie in her potential path, highlighting the dangers [...]

Environmental Community Responds To DEQ Secretary’s Letter To Incoming Trump Administration

RALEIGH – A coalition of environmental advocacy groups responded to a letter sent November 16, 2016 by current NC DEQ Secretary Donald van der Vaart and others to President-Elect Donald Trump with the following joint statement…

BREAKING NEWS: Waterkeeper Alliance and Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Respond to Duke Energy Cooling Pond Dam Breach of Quaker Neck Lake in Flooding Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Today, Waterkeeper Alliance and Upper Neuse Riverkeeper are responding to and documenting the breach of a 1.2-billion-gallon cooling pond dam at Duke Energy’s H.F. Lee plant. The breach occurred just minutes after Duke Energy issued a statement claiming that the “Ash basin and cooling pond dams across the state continue to operate safely; in fact, we’ve been pleased with their good performance during the historic flooding Hurricane Matthew brought to eastern North Carolina.”

Will NC Gov. McCrory’s DEQ Heed Demands for Proper Coal Ash Cleanup?

If you’re paying attention to North Carolina politics, you know Governor Pat McCrory’s administration seems very out of step with North Carolinians statewide. As his ink dries on the controversial HB2 (which the state’s attorney general refused to defend in court), it’s no surprise that so many North Carolinians are wondering whether Gov. McCrory will [...]

This Surfboard Carries an Important Message About Offshore Drilling for Obama

Last June, a brand new wooden surfboard was signed by Sasha Borlange of the South Beach Dive and Surf Shop in Miami, Florida. In the months that followed, the board journeyed through seven states and visited countless communities on its way to Washington D.C. The surfboard’s mission: to demonstrate the recreation industry’s opposition to oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Coal Ash Stories – Coming to Florida This Month!

We’re kicking off a series of screenings from January 28th – February 2nd and will be hosting events in Sarasota, Tampa, Lakeland, Jacksonville, and Pensacola.

3 Reasons Why 2015 Was the Biggest Year Ever for Coal Ash

2015 was a watershed year for our work on coal ash. It’s been over seven years since the catastrophic coal ash spill in Kingston, TN and nearly two years since the spill along the Dan River in NC. Both events brought the inherent dangers of improper storage and handling of coal ash into the public eye. In response, [...]

EPA’s Huge Water Pollution Decision and Why They Need to Get it Right

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an enormously impactful decision to make. By the end of September 2015, EPA is set to update its 30-year-old guidelines for how much pollution states can permit power plants to dump into our water, called effluent limitation guidelines or the ELG rule. EPA could issue a weak, ineffective rule or [...]

Protecting Florida’s Apalachicola River from Coal Ash Pollution

This post was authored by David Guest, Managing Attorney for the Florida office of Earthjustice, a public-interest law firm that represented SACE and our allies in this case. It was originally posted on Earthjustice’s blog.  And now for something completely different: I bring you some actual, positive news from Florida! For the past year, we’ve been [...]

3 Ways to clean up the Asheville coal retirement

SACE staffers Toni Nelson and John D. Wilson contributed to this blog post. It’s always good news for public health when a utility announces a coal-fired power plant retirement, as Duke Energy did for its Asheville plant last week on May 19. Unfortunately, Duke did not fully heed the demands of local activists – including the [...]