Toxic Waters Run Deep

More than 30 years ago, Congress prohibited disposal practices that posed unreasonable risks to public health, and required closure of illegal “open dumps” within five years. In 1979, EPA defined… Read more

Waste To Energy

Maryland has recently seen a surge in proposals to construct or expand Waste-to-Energy (WTE) incinerators which will result in more than doubling Maryland’s capacity to incinerate trash for energy use.… Read more

Hazardous Pollution from Factory Farms

Rural residents have long complained about the stench and air pollution from industrial scale livestock operations. New data released by the EPA suggest these complaints are well-founded. The results of… Read more

Getting Warmer

Carbon dioxide emissions from power plants rose 5.56% in 2010 over the year before, the biggest annual increase since the Environmental Protection Agency began tracking emissions in 1995. Electricity generators… Read more

EPA’s Blind Spot

This report documents the connection between coal ash and hexavalent chromium. It reviews the sources, toxicity, and known coal ash dump sites where chromium has been found in groundwater. The… Read more

In Harm’s Way

An investigation led by expert hydrogeologists has identified 39 more coal combustion waste (CCW) disposal sites in 21 states that have contaminated groundwater or surface water with toxic metals and… Read more

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