Analysis finds ‘stunning’ lack of compliance with coal ash rules, putting groundwater at risk

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More than nine out of 10 coal ash impoundments nationwide are contaminating groundwater in violation of federal rules, according to environmental groups’ comprehensive analysis of the latest industry-reported data

Even as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stepped up enforcement of federal coal ash rules this year, the groups say more urgent action is necessary, including mandates that companies test all drinking water wells within a half-mile of coal ash impoundments, and that companies cease storing coal ash in contact with groundwater.

Coal ash contains arsenic, mercury and other toxins that have been linked to a range of health impacts. And drinking water wells near coal plants, unlike municipal water systems, do not typically undergo regular testing.

Advocates say cleanup of coal ash at Northwest Indiana power plant leaves regional water supply at risk

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As a century-old power plant on the shores of Lake Michigan shuts down, some residents and activists are warning the region’s water supply could be at risk.

Over the next few years, Northern Indiana Public Service Company, or NIPSCO, is retiring the 130-acre Michigan City Generating Station, which has been burning coal for electricity for nearly a century.

It’s also cleaning up decades of coal ash byproduct. But advocates say the coal ash NIPSCO plans to leave on the site puts groundwater and Lake Michigan in danger of contamination in Michigan City and beyond.

To excavate or not to excavate: With toxic coal ash, that is the question

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North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are proving it is possible for utilities to remove massive quantities of coal ash from ponds where it endangers groundwater, placing it in safer lined landfills. This could be a model for other states, but challenges remain.

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.