January 2009

Arsenic, Radium Levels High at Ash Spill Site, Duke Researchers Say of Tenn. Area

(MSNBC 1-29-09) High levels of arsenic and elevated levels of radioactive radium have been found in the sludge released in a massive coal ash spill at a Tennessee power plant, Duke University scientists reported.

Santa Rosa Startup to Roll Out Environment-Friendly Concrete

(Press Democrat 1-29-09) A Santa Rosa startup has developed a new recipe that could reshape the way builders use one of the world's most common construction materials -- concrete. They have a patent pending on the proprietary mix, which uses crushed concrete from demolished roads and buildings, fly ash from coal-burning power plants, cement, and a stew of fibers and tiny particles.

Dell Children's First LEED Hospital in World

(Earth 911 1-23-09) Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas recently became the first hospital in the world to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification. 40 percent fly ash (a byproduct of coal-fired power plants) was used instead of Portland cement in the concrete mix. This is equivalent to a drop in carbon emissions equivalent to taking 450 cars off the road.

China Hails Success in Making Alumina from Coal Ash

(Reuters 1-11-09) A Chinese power company has succeeded in producing alumina from coal ash, a step that could help ease China's chronic raw materials shortage, the Economic Daily said.


Toxic Coal Ash Piling Up in 32 States

(USA Today 1-9-09) - Millions of tons of toxic coal ash is piling up in power plant ponds in 32 states, a situation the government has long recognized as a risk to human health and the environment but has done nothing about.