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Tennesseans Raise Coal Ash Concerns

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Local residents are fighting against the Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposed coal ash landfill in Anderson County, Tenn., while others sued the utility in court over health problems they allege are linked to the Bull Run power plant.

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Beginning of the End of North Carolina’s Coal Ash Crisis

The multi-year fight to clean up Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash pits in North Carolina has been difficult — but community advocates scored a major victory in January when the state ordered the monopoly utility to excavate its remaining ash landfills.

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Creating Positive Change: A Note from Our Executive Director

Appalachian Voices Executive Director Tom Cormons speaks on the recent coal ash victory in North Carolina and efforts to bring about a nationwide economic transition for coal communities.

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Celebrating a Coal Ash Win in N.C.

We celebrated a major victory alongside residents living near Duke Energy’s North Carolina coal ash pits in January when the state ordered the monopoly utility to clean up their mess.

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Beginning of the end of N.C.’s coal ash crisis

North Carolinians have won a major victory with the announcement that Duke Energy would remove coal ash from its remaining sites. Appalachian Voices is proud to have worked side-by-side with the people who fought so hard, for so long to defend their communities.

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North Carolina, Duke Energy reach historic settlement on coal ash cleanup

Today, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

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East TN Coal Ash Concerns Continue

The Tennessee Valley Authority found traces of toxic coal ash in a mysterious dust coating homes and cars in Anderson County, Tenn. The monopoly utility is considering opening a coal ash landfill in Claxton, Tenn., despite local pushback.

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EPA Proposes Weakening Rules for Coal Ash and Related Pollutants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to roll back pollution limits for coal-fired power plants pending public comment.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back More Environmental Protections

President Donald Trump’s administration has made numerous cuts to environmental protections including those for methane emissions, protected waters, light bulb standards, and coal ash storage.

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TVA Refuses to Excavate One Coal Ash Pit, Will Dig Up Another

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The Tennessee Valley Authority does not plan to excavate coal ash at their Bull Run Fossil plant in Anderson County, Tenn., unlike the utility’s agreement to fully remove coal ash at the Gallatin Fossil Plant near Nashville, Tenn.

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