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Energy and Environment

New coal ash threat identified: toxic dust hurting lungs, hearts

August 5, 2014 - As the EPA gets ready to release the nation's first-ever federal coal ash regulations, and while state legislatures like North Carolina's grapple with protecting waterways from the toxic power plant waste, a new report has documented another serious health problem from coal ash: airborne pollution, which can damage lungs, cause immune system problems, and lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Big Carbon vs. the future at EPA Clean Power Plan hearings

July 31, 2014 - This week's Environmental Protection Agency hearings on the proposed plan to clean up carbon pollution from power plants offered a ringside seat to the political fight that's pitting those with a financial interest in the high-carbon economy against those whose top priority is the well-being of future generations.