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Coal ash contains cancer-causing chemicals. Why make its storage LESS safe? The Risk to Our Communities Coal ash is pretty nasty.It’s the waste that’s left behind when coal is burned — often at aging coal-fired power plants. It contains arsenic, lead, mercury and other heavy metals. These substances can seep into local groundwater, increasing community cancer risks and poisoning people, plants, and […]
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In this week’s social shares: the toxic legacy of coal ash, endangered species protections for monarch butterflies and more.  Social Shares for FacebookSocial Shares for Twitter.@washingtonpost: Trump administration moves forward with Arctic oil plan wildlife staff deem ‘not adequate’ ▶️ more: https://t.co/fYJKLOE9cX ◀️Seismic testing can frighten polar bear mothers, causing them to abandon vulnerable cubs to die. pic.twitter.com/lUWzGp6tAB— Environmental Action (@EnviroAction) August […]
Coal-powered power plant - Craig, CO (Photo: Jimmy Thomas via Flickr CC 2.0)

The Trump administration is trying to trash the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s electricity sector 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels — one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States to combat climate change.1The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a hearing in November on the Clean Power Plan […]

The White House just announced a halt to new coal mine leases on federal lands while they conduct a comprehensive review of how coal impacts our economy and climate. Since coal is in decline and a major source of global warming pollution, there’s every reason to believe this is another big step by the Obama team towards abandoning the “all of […]