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The Evolving Burden of Coal Ash
Examining New State and Federal Protections

Thursday, May 7, 1:00 p.m. EST

Dr. Dennis Lemly

Dr. Dennis Lemly


Amy Adams

Amy Adams


Caroline Armijo

Caroline Armijo

This December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the nation’s first federal rule on the disposal of coal ash, the hazardous waste byproduct produced by burning coal for electricity. Until now, an unknown number of unlined coal ash ponds across the country — estimated to total more than 1,000 in 37 states — have been permitted to chronically pollute the ground and surface waters of neighboring communities without any effective regulation in place to protect communities.

Join our coal ash discussion featuring a panel of academic and professional experts, as well as a local resident who frequently speaks out about her experience living in a community impacted by coal ash. This webinar will help you understand the threat of coal ash, how well the new regulations protect public and environmental health and the role of citizens in effective enforcement.

Panelist Speakers:

  • Dr. Dennis Lemly is a U.S. Forest Service research biologist and an associate professor at Wake Forest University who has conducted research on topics such as the economic and ecological impact of coal ash waste
  • Amy Adams is the North Carolina campaign coordinator at Appalachian Voices and a former regional supervisor for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Caroline Armijo is a local artist who grew up near the Belews Creek coal-fired power plant in Stokes County, N.C.