A case involving four mountaintop mining permits could be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys for Earth Justice want the court to revoke the permits because they claim they were improperly issued and allowed major environmental damage to take place.
Thick black sludge buried nearly 300 acres in the December 2008 coal ash spill at a Tennessee power plant. And the disaster left many asking how it could have happened. Now, as U.S. lawmakers push for answers, WFPL’s Kristin Espeland finds out who’s watching coal ash in Kentucky.
Nearly 22 million tons of coal ash have spilled into tributaries of the Tennessee River and onto hundreds of surrounding acres.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a controversial rule concerning mountaintop removal mining. The new rule would allow mining companies to place mining debris in streams.
A nonprofit group says it wants the Environmental Protection Agency to get moving on efforts to tighten pollution standards for PVC manufacturing plants.