More than 90 percent of the nation’s regulated coal ash repositories are leaking unsafe levels of toxic chemicals into nearby groundwater, including ash sites at more than 30 coal-fired power plants in the Ohio Valley.
The coal used to power our homes leaves behind mountains of ash. At one power plant in Western Kentucky, that coal ash is stored in a pair of unlined landfills that may have been polluting local groundwater for as long as 18 years.
Environmental groups are challenging a regulation that gives Kentucky power plants until 2020 to clean up pollution leaching out of unlined coal ash ponds. The groups say the new Trump administration rules finalized in July don’t adequately protect the public from environmental harm.
A federal appellate panel on Monday overturned an order that would have required the nation's largest public utility to unearth and remove a massive amount of coal ash at one of its Tennessee power plants.
An attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday described a judge's coal ash cleanup order as "wholly disproportionate to the scant evidence of harm" as a case that has drawn wide interest from states and business groups went before a federal appeals court.