August 2011

Seeking a Safer Future for Coal Ash Waste

(National Geographic 8-15-2011) People don't usually see the ash left over from the electricity that's burned when they turn on their lights or run their air conditioners.
 
But at coal power plants, fly ash builds up every day, laced with heavy metals and toxins—one of the most difficult waste-management issues in the developed world.
 

Some in Congress Ready to Battle EPA

(Energybiz 8-10-2011) Congress is on respite. But the Environmental Protection Agency is on guard. Even before the contentious debt deal the regulatory body has been on the defensive and trying to fend off attacks from industry and those lawmakers who feel the body has gone too far and too fast.