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  • Coal Ash Spill

    (CNN) -- The coal ash poured out of a broken pipe into the Dan River, turning water into dark muck. It took nearly a week to stem the spill, which sent millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant into a river that supplies drinking water to communities in North Carolina and neighboring Virginia. Workers stopped the ...


    By RCBC Global Inc

  • EPA plans to regulate coal ash

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today is proposing the first-ever national rules to ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. Coal combustion residuals, commonly known as coal ash, are byproducts of the combustion of coal at power plants and are disposed of in liquid form at large surface impoundments and in solid form at landfills. The residuals ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • House passes bill on coal ash

    The House on Thursday passed legislation giving states greater control over the management of coal ash, a coal combustion byproduct that poses environmental threats when put in landfills but is also commonly recycled for use in cement, concrete and other products. Some Democrats saw the measure as yet another attempt by the Republican majority ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pennsylvania Groundwater Contaminated By Coal Ash

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, September 18, 2007 (ENS) - Disposing of coal ash in mines is contaminating water supplies throughout Pennsylvania, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Clean Air Task Force and the nonprofit, public interest law firm Earthjustice. In 10 of 15 mines examined across the state, groundwater and streams near areas where coal ash, or coal ...

  • GSE Environmental Hosts Coal Ash Technical Seminar

    GSE Holding, Inc., (NYSE:GSE) the leading global manufacturer and provider of geosynthetic lining products and services, held a Coal Ash Technical Seminar on October 18 in Chantilly, VA. The seminar, led by a panel of seven of the world’s top geosynthetics experts, covered a variety of topics of concern to the coal ash industry, particularly in regard to coal ash combustion and storage. ...


    By GSE Environmental (GSE)

  • Coal-ash waste poses risk across the nation

    The billion-gallon wave of toxic coal-ash sludge that burst from a power-plant retention pond and buried 300 acres of rural Tennessee hints at a far larger problem: hundreds of similar threats nationwide. More than 1,300 coal-ash waste sites are dotted across the United States, about half of them actively used, federal data show. Some are landfills. The rest are 'surface impoundments' (storage ...


    By Axcess News

  • Government decides not to increase incinerator bottom ash tax

    The Treasury is dropping its proposals to increase the rate of landfill tax paid on incinerator bottom ash. Last year (April 2009), the Treasury launched a consultation entitled Modernising Landfill Tax Legislation and proposed to tax incinerator bottom ash at the higher rate for active waste, which is currently £48 per tonne, as opposed to the lower rate for inactive waste which is currently ...

  • Violations issued against Duke for coal ash spill

    North Carolina regulators issued notice to Duke Energy on Friday that the company will be cited for violating environmental standards in connection with a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Two formal notices issued by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources cite Duke for ...


    By Associated Press

  • US investigates North Carolina coal ash spill

    Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh issued grand jury subpoenas seeking records from Duke and the North ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA releases survey results on coal ash impoundments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making information publicly available from electric utilities on the management of coal combustion residuals contained in surface impoundments and similar management units.  Following the coal ash spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority facility in Kingston, Tenn., EPA requested the information from electric utilities to inform an assessment of the ...

  • EU call for regulation of wood ash fertilisers

    Wood ash may not be an ideal fertiliser for the forest after all, according to new research, which found high natural levels of toxic trace elements in wood ash. In addition, the study showed that adding wood ash could affect the forest soils in such a way that toxic elements are more rapidly released into the receiving waters. Wood ash is a by-product of wood burning which is classed as a form ...

  • EPA releases coal ash impoundments safety plans

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing action plans developed by 20 electric utility facilities with 70 coal ash impoundments, describing the measures the facilities are taking to make their impoundments safer. The action plans are a response to EPA's final assessment reports on the structural integrity of these impoundments that the agency made public last May. Coal ash ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina. With each disaster, environmentalists sounded alarms and called for the byproduct of burning coal to be treated as hazardous ...


    By Associated Press

  • Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill

    Duke Energy shareholders called on the company's board on Thursday to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge. A letter sent to Duke's board of directors by a coalition of more than 20 large institutional investors says their confidence has been shaken by the  ...


    By Associated Press

  • From Ashes to Metals: Recycling from Waste-to-Energy bottom ashes contributes to a more `resource efficient‟ Europe.

    Copenhage - The first joint seminar “From Ashes to Metals” organized by the  Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) and the Packaging Group of the European Aluminium Association (EAA) was very successful. The seminar gathered a significantnumber of experts and companies active in the rapidly developing sector of treating bottom ashes from ...

  • Geosynthetics for CCR Containment and Closure

    New federal regulations on the disposal of coal combustion residuals represent new approaches in response to events where coal ash has been inadvertently released from impoundments, the blowing of contaminants into the air and the leakage of potential contaminants into groundwater. “The rule establishes technical requirements for landfills and surface impoundments under Subtitle D of the ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • GSE Environmental Announces First of Its Kind Coal Ash Barrier System

    GSE Holding, Inc., (NYSE:GSE) the leading global manufacturer and provider of geosynthetic lining products and services, announced today the launch of its revolutionary ...


    By GSE Environmental (GSE)

  • EPA reaches deal with Duke to clean river coal ash

    Federal environmental officials said Thursday that they have reached a deal with Duke Energy to clean up its mess from a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River that coated 70 miles of the waterway in North Carolina and Virginia with toxic gray sludge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it had finalized an enforceable ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA releases reports on dam integrity assessments at 17 coal ash impoundments

    As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing national effort to assess the management of coal combustion residuals, EPA is releasing the final contractor reports assessing the structural integrity of 17 impoundments and similar management units containing coal combustion residuals, commonly referred to as coal ash, at nine facilities.  These 17 impoundments have a “high” or ...

  • North Carolina river turns to gray sludge after coal ash spill

    Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge. On the riverbank, hundreds of workers at a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina scrambled to plug a hole in a pipe at the bottom of a 27-acre pond where the toxic ash was stored. ...


    By Associated Press

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