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.

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.