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ID:

454

Date:

2009-06-29

Headline:

EPA Reveals Dangerous Coal Ash Sites

Reporter's name:

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Huffington Post

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

In response to a FOIA request by several environmental groups and congressional inquiries, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of 44 coal ash sites which the agency had designated "high hazard potential" sites. The EPA had previously claimed that disclosure of the sites would threaten national security by exposing potential targets of terrorism.

Notes:

The environmental groups filing the request included Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Integrity Project, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (see http://www.earthjustice.org/news/press/2009/epa-recognizes-toxic-threat-releases-location-of-44-high-hazard-coal-ash-dumps.html).

Keywords:

environment, coal ash, spill, EPA, TVA, Kingston, Tennessee

Impact:

Tennessee state officials imposed $11.5 million in fines on the Tennessee Valley Authority in response to the utility's December 2008 deluge of toxic sludge. See "Tennessee Coal Ash: TVA Fined $11.5 Million For 'Unprecedented' Spill," Huffington Post, 6/15/10, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/15/tennessee-coal-ash-tva-fined_n_612203.html)

URL:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/29/epa-reveals-dangerous-coa_n_222660.html


Agencies:

DHS
EPA
TVA
USACE

States:

CA
DC
TN

Categories:

business
drinking water
environment


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