January 2009

Hundreds of Coal Ash Dumps Lack Significant Regulation

(New York Times 1-6-09) - The coal ash pond that ruptured and sent a billion gallons of toxic sludge across 300 acres of East Tennessee last month was only one of more than 1,300 similar dumps across the United States.
 
www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/us/07sludge.html

Tahoe's Green Scene

(San Francisco Chronicle 1-4-09) From the outside, the three-story redwood building with the attractive gabled roof blends with its surroundings at conifer-dotted Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. But it's not a redwood building, and the roof is not merely decorative; it contains a complex conservation system. As to the building's siding that looks like wood - it's concrete, stamped and colored. In addition to providing good insulation, it's made of recycled material as well. The concrete contains 25 percent fly ash, a by-product of coal combustion in power plants.

Tennessee Sludge Contains Elevated Levels of Arsenic

(CNN 1-3-09) The drinking water in the area of last month's coal-sludge spill in eastern Tennessee is safe, but elevated levels of arsenic have been found in the sludge, authorities said.
 
www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/02/tennessee.sludge/