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Waterkeeper Alliance and the Cape Fear Riverkeeper documented an area of heavy seepage flowing from this barren area at the north end of the 1963 coal ash impoundment directly into the Cape Fear River.

Coal Ash Ponds: a Slurry of Problems Nationwide

“Do you know what your coal ash pond is doing tonight?” EarthJustice, via the Freedom of Information Act, pressured the EPA back in 2012 to release the locations of hundreds of previously unknown coal ash dump sites. The latest tally puts the number at nearly 1,400 nationwide. Coal ash. It sounds benign – even perhaps recyclable – something you might…

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Despite Duke Energy's "nothing to see here" attitude, the coal ash spill on the Dan River has citizens and the federal government crying foul.

Duke Energy Blocks Input On Coal Ash Pollution

Duke Energy’s legal moves to block outside groups from weighing in on coal-ash pollution, or obtaining documents on the recent spill Disclaimer: I bought 2 shares of Duke Energy through a DRIP back in @ 1990, and sold them within a year to book a $45 profit. Another disclaimer: I’m not picking on Duke, as there are many other coal-fired…

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The reelection of Barack Obama gives the world a fighting chance to step back from the precipice of runaway climate chaos

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

We narrowly dodged a bullet in the 2012 presidential election. Americans were presented with the choice between Mitt Romney’s fossil fuel reliant 19th century view of energy and Barack Obama’s cleaner 21st century low carbon vision. Even more significant than the Obama victory is the fact that Romney was denied the world’s most powerful office. The election of Romney would…

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Environmental New Wrap: the latest environmental stories

Enviro News Wrap: Renewables in California; Coal in Wyoming; the Shine Comes Off Natural Gas, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has made an abrupt change in their coal portfolio and has decided to close 18 small coal fired power plants. The TVA regulates the same area that had the coal ash flood several years ago that buried several homes. While…

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Enviro News Wrap: Coal Ash Sludge; 7 Billion People; Addicted to Oil; What Makes a Grid Smart, and more

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Industrial processes leave behind nasty sludge and companies want to deal with it the cheapest way possible. The only thing standing in their way is our government. The U.S. government has deemed waste from incinerators “non-toxic” and waste from coal fired power plants can just…

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Coal sludge envelopes a house

Stockings Filled With Coal Ash?

The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with permission) It’s the naughty children who get coal in their stockings, and it seems like Americans must have been naughty this year. Because across the country, we’re awash with coal, carcinogens, and other toxins. And our government is not doing too much to change that….

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Environmental News Wrap: Are Climate Negotiations Working, Where Has All the Oil Gone, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The New York Times wonders if the United Nations’s climate change negotiations are a lost cause. They certainly aren’t accomplishing anything, so why not look for alternative structures to negotiate global commitments to reducing carbon emissions. October 10th, 2010 was a day of global climate…

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