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Fight like hell for the living: Honoring Kingston coal ash workers

Man with gray hair facing power plant, back of shirt says Ash Spill First Responder

Twelve years after the Kingston coal ash spill, hundreds of cleanup workers are sick with lung diseases, blood and brain cancers and other ailments, and families report that as many as 53 workers have died from their exposure to the toxic Kingston coal ash.

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EPA Finalizes Weakened Coal Ash Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule allows utilities to dump coal ash into unlined pits through April 2021, and some companies may be able to do so for longer.

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Public Hearing on Kentucky Utilities’ Coal Ash Cleanup Plan

Critics say a plan developed by Kentucky Utilities to address groundwater pollution from an unlined coal-ash pond seeping into Herrington Lake is inadequate.

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Call for Action Against Coal Ash in Alabama

Environmental groups in Alabama are asking power companies and legislators to move coal ash into lined landfills or recycle it.

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Workers Demand Compensation after Kingston Coal Ash Exposure

Sick and dying workers who helped clean up the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill rejected a settlement in April, and are now looking to sue for damages.

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Tennesseans Raise Coal Ash Concerns

crowded hearing room with one man speaking with his arm pointed out

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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