"Back in the 1980s and 90s, dozens of communities across the US built incinerators to get rid of their trash. Many of them financed the massive furnaces with bonds they're just now paying off. And now that those debts are off their books, some cities are re-thinking whether burning trash makes environmental and economic sense."
"For generations, people in Leadwood have lived near huge piles of dangerous, lead-contaminated mining waste. Now the EPA has decided the answer to the problem is to pile on more lead-tainted earth. To many folks, that makes no sense at all."
Discarded electronic devices from the U.S. and other affluent countries go to poor nations for "recycling." In Ghana and elsewhere, 11-year-olds may breathe smoke from burning plastic and smash hard drives with rocks to get at the metals they contain.
"Evergreen Solar Inc., one of Massachusetts’ rising green energy stars, is on its way to becoming one of the state’s top producers of hazardous waste."
The EPA says North Carolina Has More 'High-Hazard' Sites Than Any Other; the Industry Calls Them Safe.
A cooperative effort of federal and state agencies, coal companies, and environmental groups, the database lists coal-waste impoundments in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
The landfilling of 3.9 million tons of coal ash from a spill at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant may or may not be a boon to one of Alabama's poorest counties.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday approved an Army Corps of Engineers permit for the Kensington Mine in Alaska to discharge tailings into a small lake, even though it is likely to kill all the fish.