Arsenic, Radium Levels High at Ash Spill Site, Duke Researchers Say of Tenn. Area

(MSNBC 1-29-09) High levels of arsenic and elevated levels of radioactive radium have been found in the sludge released in a massive coal ash spill at a Tennessee power plant, Duke University scientists reported.

Santa Rosa Startup to Roll Out Environment-Friendly Concrete

(Press Democrat 1-29-09) A Santa Rosa startup has developed a new recipe that could reshape the way builders use one of the world's most common construction materials -- concrete. They have a patent pending on the proprietary mix, which uses crushed concrete from demolished roads and buildings, fly ash from coal-burning power plants, cement, and a stew of fibers and tiny particles.

Dell Children's First LEED Hospital in World

(Earth 911 1-23-09) Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas recently became the first hospital in the world to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification. 40 percent fly ash (a byproduct of coal-fired power plants) was used instead of Portland cement in the concrete mix. This is equivalent to a drop in carbon emissions equivalent to taking 450 cars off the road.

China Hails Success in Making Alumina from Coal Ash

(Reuters 1-11-09) A Chinese power company has succeeded in producing alumina from coal ash, a step that could help ease China's chronic raw materials shortage, the Economic Daily said.

Toxic Coal Ash Piling Up in 32 States

(USA Today 1-9-09) - Millions of tons of toxic coal ash is piling up in power plant ponds in 32 states, a situation the government has long recognized as a risk to human health and the environment but has done nothing about.

Hundreds of Coal Ash Dumps Lack Significant Regulation

(New York Times 1-6-09) - The coal ash pond that ruptured and sent a billion gallons of toxic sludge across 300 acres of East Tennessee last month was only one of more than 1,300 similar dumps across the United States.

Tahoe's Green Scene

(San Francisco Chronicle 1-4-09) From the outside, the three-story redwood building with the attractive gabled roof blends with its surroundings at conifer-dotted Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. But it's not a redwood building, and the roof is not merely decorative; it contains a complex conservation system. As to the building's siding that looks like wood - it's concrete, stamped and colored. In addition to providing good insulation, it's made of recycled material as well. The concrete contains 25 percent fly ash, a by-product of coal combustion in power plants.

Tennessee Sludge Contains Elevated Levels of Arsenic

(CNN 1-3-09) The drinking water in the area of last month's coal-sludge spill in eastern Tennessee is safe, but elevated levels of arsenic have been found in the sludge, authorities said.

$54 Million Settlement Reached in Maryland Fly Ash Lawsuit

(Baltimore Sun 12-31-08) A Baltimore judge approved a $54 million settlement Tuesday between Constellation Energy and a group of Gambrills residents whose drinking water was contaminated by fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal.

Coal Ash Spill Leads to Arsenic Warnings for Tennessee Wells

(Bloomberg 12-30-08) - Water samples near a billion-gallon spill of coal ash in eastern Tennessee have found levels of arsenic and other heavy metals higher than drinking-water standards, prompting a warning against using private wells in the area.