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  • Ash Detection Technology

    Senior NILU Scientist Dr. Fred Prata has been working on an ash detection technology for over 15 years and today he received the credit he deserves at a major press conference in London. The airborne solution called AVOID is a system being developed which will provide pilots with roughly 6-7 minutes warning of ash clouds. The system uses IR technology and proprietary algorythms to distinguish ash ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Coal-ash dumps threaten community

    From his modest home near the Cape Fear River, Sam Malpass can glimpse the tall stacks of Duke Energy's Sutton Steam Electric Plant, a looming reminder of the environmental dangers threatening his family. Contaminated groundwater from a pair of huge Sutton coal-ash dumps is headed toward the wells that provide drinking water for Flemington, a largely working class community a half mile from the ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • 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

  • Chilean volcano captured blasting ash across continent

    Chile’s Chaiten Volcano is shown spewing ash and smoke into the air for hundreds of km over Argentina’s Patagonia Plateau. The 1000 m-high volcano had been dormant for thousands of years before erupting on 2 May, causing the evacuation of thousands. Chaiten Volcano is located in southern Chile 10 km northeast of the town of Chaiten on the Gulf of Corcovado. Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging ...

  • 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

  • Tennessee American Water monitors local water quality following coal ash spill

    Tennessee American Water continues to monitor and test the water it provides its customers in the aftermath of a coal ash spill which occurred in Kingston, Tennessee on Dec. 22. “To date, there have been no issues associated with the water supply to the City of Chattanooga and the surrounding communities served by Tennessee American Water,” said John Watson, president of Tennessee American Water. ...


    By American Water

  • EPA Approves the State of Kansas’ Coal Ash Management Plan

    Simultaneously with the effective date of the first national regulations for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants, EPA Region 7 gave conditional approval to the State of Kansas’ plan to implement the rule’s provisions Monday, Oct. 19. “We applaud the State of Kansas for their leadership in protecting human health and the ...

  • TVA says ash spill cleanup could take 3 years

    A massive coal ash spill in Tennessee could take three years to clean up, followed by potentially years of environmental monitoring, the Tennessee Valley Authority says. The nation’s largest public utility is pushing to get some 3 million cubic yards of ash cleared from the Emory River by spring 2010 - about 18 months after the Dec. 22 disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant. 'We feel that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Blast devastates refinery, sends ash raining down on area

    An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California. The blast at the Exxon Mobil Corp. facility occurred in a recently installed processing facility, Fire Department ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA reaches agreement with Honolulu to continue cleanup at Waipahu Ash Landfill

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City and County of Honolulu recently signed an agreement to begin work on the second phase of cleanup at the Waipahu Ash Landfill site on Oahu. “Honolulu’s latest agreement will allow the ongoing cleanup at the old ash landfill to proceed to the next stage,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific ...

  • EPA Announces First National Regulations to Safeguard Disposal of Coal Ash

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the catastrophic Kingston, Tenn., spill in 2008, and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater ...

  • EPA to hold public hearing in Pittsburgh on proposed coal ash regulations (PA)

    When: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Omni Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, Pa. What: This is one of eight public hearings on the agency’s proposal to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. EPA’s proposal is the first-ever national effort to ensure the safe ...

  • Preliminary environmental data of TVA coal ash spill reviewed for health effects

    Preliminary environmental data of the fly ash release at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in Harriman, Tenn. has been reviewed for health effects. Though there is no indication of acute health effects resulting from contact with the coal fly ash material, it is recommended that direct contact with the coal fly ash be avoided, including preventing children’s play in affected areas and keeping pets ...

  • EPA approves cleanup plan for remaining coal ash at TVA Kingston site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 today has approved the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) selected cleanup plan for the next phase of coal ash removal at the TVA Kingston site in Roane County, Tenn. The cleanup plan, one of three alternatives proposed to the public earlier this year, requires TVA to permanently store on site all of the ash being removed from the Swan ...

  • Volcanic ash study could help keep planes in the skies

    A study on ash blasted from volcanoes is a first step towards accurately assessing where it is safe to fly during eruptions, according to the authors. The researchers found that the ash grains ejected into the atmosphere have diverse shapes and properties. They also learned that big grains can travel further than was previously estimated. All this could improve ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 announces a schedule of public hearings on proposed coal ash regulations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting seven public hearings on the agency’s proposal to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. EPA’s proposal is the first-ever national effort to ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. Each hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. ...

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