"Surging floodwaters from Florence, now a tropical depression, have swept away part of a retaining wall holding back a pond of coal ash – which contains mercury, arsenic and other toxic substances – and have also overrun several lagoons of pig waste in North Carolina."
EJToday: Top Headlines
- Source: NY Times, 09/18/2018
"NEW BERN, N.C. — Before the river rose and the water trespassed into her little public housing unit, ruining her black sectional sofa and her children’s clothes, leaving her walls moist to the touch — indeed, before she even knew that the river could be her enemy — Keisha Monk thought she had found something better than basic shelter at Trent Court."Source: NY Times, 09/18/2018
"In rejecting health concerns from Maryland and Delaware, the acting EPA head, a former coal lobbyist, is continuing Scott Pruitt's pro-fossil-fuel policies."Source: InsideClimate News, 09/18/2018
"Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain."
"The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting money away from a congressionally mandated program meant to get harmful asbestos out of schools, even though the threat of contamination remains, the agency’s internal watchdog said on Monday."
"For years, North Carolina has bet against a storm like Hurricane Florence. Even as nationally known insurance companies pulled out of the state’s coastal communities, development boomed along the shore, despite the threat from a megastorm like Harvey or Maria."Source: ProPublica, 09/18/2018
"Federal officials will allow construction to resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, weeks after work was halted when a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for the 600-mile (965-kilometer) natural gas pipeline."
"LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A nuclear power plant long considered to be the oldest in America shut down Monday, the victim of its age and inability to compete with newer, cheaper gas-fired power plants."
"Workers are unable to enter or leave Duke Energy's 1.978-GW Brunswick nuclear plant near Wilmington, North Carolina, following flooding around the station, the company said in a regulatory report Monday."Source: Platts, 09/18/2018
"Germany has rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology."Source: Guardian, 09/18/2018
"Florence's merciless deluge has already killed 18, trapped hundreds and made parts of North and South Carolina impassable -- and authorities say the worst flooding is yet to come."Source: CNN, 09/17/2018
"SAN FRANCISCO — The organizers of a climate-change conference here in California wanted their three-day summit to be a repudiation of President Trump. And during many speeches, and commitments from cities and companies to reduce their impact on the environment, it was."Source: Washington Post, 09/17/2018
"The people who wrote an ordinance banning the aerial spraying of pesticides in western Oregon last year aren’t professional environmental advocates."Source: The Intercept, 09/17/2018
"Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast."Source: AP, 09/17/2018
"Members of the International Whaling Commission defeated a Japanese proposal to reinstate commercial whaling at a meeting in Brazil on Friday."Source: AP, 09/17/2018