Dirty Kilowatts

The power plants that provide electricity to run our homes, businesses, and factories are also the single largest source of mercury air pollution in the United States, responsible for more… Read more

Out of Control

Coal-fired power plants generate nearly 140 million tons of fly ash, scrubber sludge, and other combustion wastes every year. At 15 of the 31 sites, contamination has already migrated off… Read more

Outside the Law

Nearly one year ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) made front page news when an 84-acre coal combustion waste (CCW or coal waste) impoundment at Kingston Fossil Plant spilled more… Read more

Coming Clean

Each year, coal-fired power plants dispose of nearly 100 million tons of toxic fly ash, bottom ash, and scrubber sludge in wet ponds and landfills. Can living next to one… Read more

The Calm Before the Storm

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. power plants dropped 3.1 percent in 2008, tempering a steady increasing trend in recent years. In contrast to the one-year decline in emissions, power… Read more

Disaster in Waiting

The massive spill of toxic coal ash from TVA’s Kingston plant in Tennessee just before Christmas dramatized how unsafe disposal practices can damage the environment and threaten the health of… Read more


Refined Hazard

Petroleum refineries are a major source of pollution in the United States, releasing a significant amount of carcinogenic pollutants into the air Americans breathe. Although petroleum refineries are the backbone… Read more

Cementing a Toxic Legacy?

Cement kilns are poisoning our air, water and food with mercury pollution. For more than a decade, the EPA has neglected this health threat. Now, new data from EPA itself… Read more

Tar Sands

Over two thirds of currently planned expansions of U.S. oil refining capacity are designed and intended to accommodate heavier, dirtier crude oil from Canadian “tar sands,” according to data on… Read more