Waukegan says goodbye to a coal plant but must now contend with its industrial waste

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Environmental activists warn that leaving large coal ash repositories in place could lead to toxic spills and groundwater contamination.

Missouri considers new coal ash rule. Opponents say it would allow ‘water pollution with impunity’

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Environmental advocates, lawyers and state regulators are squaring off again over how Missouri regulates coal ash, the waste from burning coal that is laced with mercury, arsenic and other contaminants.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has proposed a permit that would authorize water “impacted” by coal ash storage sites to be discharged into underground waterways, and not regularly monitored.

U.S. company devises method to use coal waste to power crypto

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The vast amounts of electricity needed to mine bitcoin has ignited a debate about whether the energy behind the operation is worth the potential environmental costs.

But one company in western Pennsylvania believes that they have found a way to put crypto mining to work to clean up their community.

Stronghold Digital Mining SDIG.O uses waste left behind by decades-old coal power plants to generate electricity that powers hundreds of supercomputers working to mine bitcoin.

EPA orders Alliant to shut down coal ash storage pond in Ottumwa due to groundwater contamination

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Alliant needs to shut down the coal ash storage pond at its Ottumwa Generating Station due to groundwater contamination.

EPA coal ash announcement turns up the heat on Illinois municipal utility

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Residents fear groundwater contamination from coal ash, but Springfield’s City, Water, Light and Power says closing ash ponds will actually endanger water supply.

EPA denies extension for Ameren to stop dumping coal ash, gypsum at two power plants

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The move was part of a series of steps the agency said it would take to protect communities from harmful coal ash contamination.

EPA moves to crack down on dangerous coal ash storage ponds

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The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites.

Plants in four states will have to close the coal ash ponds months or years ahead of schedule, the EPA said Tuesday, citing deficiencies with groundwater monitoring, cleanup or other problems.

Coal ash mitigation plans face new public scrutiny under Illinois law

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Owners of coal-fired power plants are required to host public meetings for their coal ash mitigation plans. A flurry of sessions was held last week, including for two of the state’s most controversial impoundments.

ISGS project will seek valuable elements, minerals from coal and coal waste

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The Office of Fossil Energy within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected to award nearly $1.5 million to the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) for a project that will evaluate the availability of valuable rare earth elements and critical minerals in coal and coal waste streams in Illinois and nearby states. 

Reversing a dirty legacy: New rules aim to tighten regulations on forgotten byproduct of coal

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After years of work by environmental activists to push action on the issue, the Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued findings and recommendations related to the regulation of coal ash storage — an action advocates call “the first of its kind” in the state.