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Ash Pond Newsletter: August 2021

Posted on September 29, 2021

The following is a collection of ash pond news from August 2021. Our intent is to provide you with important news pieces to help inform your business decisions and keep you up to date about the coal and ash pond industry.

This downloadable newsletter provides resources and explanations of ash pond news concerning a number of topics, including:

  • Duke Energy has reached a $215M settlement with a group of unnamed insurers it sued four years ago to recover coal ash cleanup costs.
  • Although coal accounts for 19% of electricity generated in the United States, in 2020, coal was responsible for 54% of the power sector’s emissions.
  • Recently, results of water tests by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Environmental and Conservation showed levels of various chemicals in the groundwater. Additionally, a study by Duke University showed coal ash from Bull Run at a nearby playground.
  • In Leverkusen, Germany, an explosion at a Bayer and Lanxess Chempark site has left at least two people dead and injured 31. It is believed that a chemical reaction was the cause of the explosion, which lead to a fire starting in a tank containing solvents and releasing unknown chemicals into the atmosphere.