South Carolina companies are finding responsible solutions to coal ash reuse and disposal that reduce accident risks, help protect water supplies, create jobs and generate new tax revenues — all while boosting public confidence without raising rates.
Why has it taken so long to regulate coal ash? It’s done state-by-state where, experts agree, local utilities have enormous political clout to fend off regulations. Not so much starting December 19, 2014.
Three days before Christmas in 2008, approximately 1 billion gallons of coal ash sludge near a federally-owned Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in Kingston, Tennessee overwhelmed an 84-acre containment facility flooding a wide swath of the bucolic countryside. Two years later, it is very difficult for objective observers to envision how TVA will “make good”…
Jim Pierobon is Founder and principal writer of The Energy Fix. He is a policy, marketing and social media strategist who has reported on, testified and consulted about smarter grids, cyber-security as it affects the power grid, fossil fuel shortages, price spikes, energy efficiency and the rise and fall -- and the rise again of nuclear and renewable energy sources.