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Duke Energy required to pay $102-million penalty for illegally polluting North Carolina's rivers with coal ash

5/24/2015 - In yet another example of blatant disregard for our environment and its inhabitants, Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the U.S., has been ordered to pay a $102-million penalty after it was found guilty of polluting North Carolina's rivers. As a result, more than 120 North...

Federal judge says government can ignore scientific studies showing health risks of mining

8/23/2014 - The relationship between Big Coal and government continues to trump the safety of both people and the environment. What some call "strip mining on steroids," is arguably one of the most environmentally destructive processes in operation. Using explosives to blow the tops off of mountains is extremely...

5 Helpful tips for enjoying safe, carcinogen-free outdoor grilling

6/11/2014 - These five tips are helpful whether you are a vegetarian who wants to do outdoor cooking occasionally or you're an occasional meat eater or Paleo advocate. Some of these tips are applicable no matter what your diet choices are. (1) Choosing coals: If you're using a grill powered by gas (butane),...

Michigan approves law to spread toxic, mercury-contaminated coal ash across the state

6/6/2014 - New legislation approved by the Michigan House of Representatives would repurpose coal ash produced by power plants as a base for roads across the state, as well as parking lots. The three-bill package would reclassify coal ash and a few other byproducts that are presently classified as hazardous...

Why is Obama concerned about mercury in coal power plants but not in vaccines?

6/4/2014 12:12:35 PM - The Obama administration's war on carbon is advancing the battle lines to coal production, with a new proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to attain a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from energy production by 2030. Based on the premise that natural carbon is causing...

Duke Energy pours dangerous levels of arsenic-containing coal ash into Dan River

3/25/2014 - One of the leading energy providers in the Carolinas is the subject of a new investigation by state and federal environmental officials after it was revealed that the utility dumped at least 82,000 tons of coal ash waste into North Carolina's Dan River. CBS News reports that a major leak discovered...

North Carolina considers forcing Duke to move leaky coal ash dumps farther from river

3/24/2014 - State regulatory officials in North Carolina may force a power company to move two leaky coal ash dumps, nearly a month after a large spill shrouded a 70-mile stretch of the Dan River with toxic gray waste. The state's Department of Environmental and Natural Resources says it is planning to reopen...

Substance used to seal asphalt puts children at greater risk of cancer

3/10/2014 - The substance is often called pitch or tar and is made from coal tar. It's similar to the creosote used to water-seal telephone poles and railroad ties. And it functions as a sealant for aging asphalt roads, parking lots and driveways showing cracks and openings. There is a problem though: the sticky...

China's industrial pollution is so bad that it's dumping toxic mercury on Japan's Mount Fuji

10/23/2013 - China and India combined have more coal-burning energy plants than the rest of the world, and China has more than India. Japanese scientists are openly complaining that the almost 13,000 foot Mt. Fuji is coated with toxic mercury from China's coal burning plants. Some Chinese scientists have challenged...

While EPA shuts down coal plants in the USA, China unveils monstrous greenhouse gas polluters called an 'environmental disaster'

10/1/2013 - One of the primary reasons why the U.S. does not sign onto global treaties limiting so-called greenhouse gas emissions is because some of the world's biggest polluters won't sign on or, worse, will sign on and cheat, leaving American industry and business at a huge economic disadvantage. In fact,...

Unprecedented number of US coal-fired power stations to be shut down in 2012

8/3/2012 - The Obama Administration continues to move forward with plans to completely shut down the American coal industry, as a record 57 coal-fired power stations are slated for shutdown in 2012. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 175 coal-fired generators that collectively represent...

Benefit from the detoxification power of charcoal

3/18/2011 - Activated charcoal is a carbon based substance that has been used for health and healing purposes for over 3000 years. Activated carbon is a form of charcoal that is extremely porous and able to attract and strongly bind many harmful substances in various aqueous based environments. Activated carbon...

Pressure builds against mountaintop removal coal mining

5/18/2010 - The Obama Administration is coming under increasing fire for failing to take a strong stance against the destructive form of coal mining known as mountaintop removal. In mountaintop removal, miners use dynamite and earth movers to blow up entire mountain peaks in order to remove the coal beneath....

U.S. government wants farmers to spread toxic powder from coal plant scrubbers on their food crop fields

2/19/2010 - The federal government is pushing farmers to use a toxic byproduct of the coal burning industry to fertilize and loosen the soil in their crop fields. Initiated under the Bush administration as a beneficial use for the substance, efforts by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction...

World Must Stop Burning Coal to Save Climate

8/29/2009 - The only way to avoid catastrophic climate change is to stop burning coal entirely, leaving a full three-quarters of the planet's fossil fuel reserves untouched, according to two studies published in the journal Nature. Scientists around the world have warned that any rise in average global temperature...

Research Shows Coal Burning Responsible For Arctic's Heavy Metal Pollution

3/16/2009 - The heavy metals polluting the Arctic have primarily come from the burning of coal in North America and Western Europe, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers...

Coal emissions blanket China with pollution

1/4/2007 - China is enjoying dynamic growth of late, but the coal-fired economic boom has severe environmental consequences, including massive toxic clouds visible even from space. The great coal rush in China -- brought on by its voracious power needs -- is the biggest since the 19th century. Coal seems the...

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