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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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Energy Justice coalition reveals “pay-to-play” ties between Duke Energy, N.C. lawmakers

The Energy Justice North Carolina Coalition released a report today detailing the influence of Duke Energy’s campaign contributions on state legislators’ support for Duke-sponsored bills together with a new, interactive web tool that tracks political contributions from electric monopolies like

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As Duke Energy contests cleanup, new evidence points to coal ash risks

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As Duke Energy appeals the state of North Carolina’s coal ash cleanup order, new information points to the severity of the problem and why coal ash excavation is needed.

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TVA Faces Criticism Over Coal Ash, Transparency

A community forum discusses closure of a fossil plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority and its contractor Jacobs Engineering are facing a new lawsuit regarding their cleanup of the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill. Additionally, state and federal lawmakers are backing a U.S. House bill that would require more transparency from the monopoly utility.

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