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Environmentalists rattled by radioactive risks of toxic coal ash

The EPA now recognizes the risks of gamma radiation from radium in coal ash, but many states aren’t even sure where the toxic waste has been used. In Alabama, environmental regulators say they do not track so-called ‘beneficial’ uses of coal ash.
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EPA approves permit for controversial fracking disposal well in Pennsylvania

EPA approves permit for controversial fracking disposal well in Pennsylvania

The well, in Plum Borough near Pittsburgh, is a repurposed conventional well, which locals fear is at higher risk for leaks and material failures that could contaminate local drinking water.

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Florida’s crisis highlights a nationwide risk from toxic ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.
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Can harvesting rare earth elements solve the coal ash crisis?

Over 3 billion tons of coal ash occupy more than 1,400 sites across the US.

Canada betting big on small nuclear reactors?
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Is Canada betting big on small nuclear reactors? Here’s what you need to know

Small modular reactors are variously described as a clean energy solution, a waste of time and a new danger. So, what’s the deal?
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‘We must protect our water’: B.C. ranchers wage battle over radioactive fracking waste

As natural gas operations continue to encroach on farms and ranches in the province's energy-rich northeast, concerns are building over the threat radioactive waste poses to clean water.

PA: Westmoreland County landfill seeks to evaporate contaminated runoff
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PA: Westmoreland County landfill seeks to evaporate contaminated runoff

Proposed evaporation facility would emit hazardous wastes and other pollutants and could concentrate radiation in residue.

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