Coal Ash Spill

New Interactive Maps of Statewide Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threat Posed by Alabama Power, Power South Coal Ash Pits

New Interactive Maps of Statewide Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threat Posed by Alabama Power, Power South Coal Ash Pits

Four Alabama environmental organizations have released new interactive maps highlighting groundwater pollution reported by Alabama Power and Power South at coal ash pits throughout the state. Alabama Power’s federally required monitoring shows significant pollution of groundwater with arsenic, radium, and more. Pollution has persisted even after Alabama Power closed their leaking Gadsden pit using cap-in-place - the same method it plans for millions of tons of coal ash in their pits statewide.

Continued Groundwater Pollution at Gadsden Proves That Cap-in-Place Does Not Work

Continued Groundwater Pollution at Gadsden Proves That Cap-in-Place Does Not Work

Alabama Power currently plans to cap-in-place all their coal ash pits statewide. We at Mobile Baykeeper maintain that this is not an effective solution - and now we have Alabama Power’s own reports, as well as a maximum fine from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), to back us up.

Flooding in the Delta Highlights Threat of Catastrophic Coal Ash Spill

Flooding in the Delta Highlights Threat of Catastrophic Coal Ash Spill

Alabamians deserve clean water just as much as other citizens in the Southeast. Leaving toxic coal ash within a few hundred feet of a major river that is prone to severe flooding is simply nowhere near protective enough. Mobile Baykeeper will fight ardently for coal ash removal until Alabama Power commits to dig it up and move it so Mobile Bay, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, our local economy, and our communities are safe.

Flooding in the Delta Highlights Threat of Catastrophic Coal Ash Spill

(Mobile, Ala.) - On January 7 2019, during the height of flooding in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Mobile Baykeeper staff flew with SouthWings over the Delta to observe Alabama Power’s 597-acre unlined coal ash pit. More than 21 million tons of toxic coal ash in the pit is only held back by an earthen (dirt) dam and views from the air and the river show flood water dangerously covering as much as 15 feet of the 25 foot dam. 

Coal Ash is a Danger We Can't Ignore

Coal Ash is a Danger We Can't Ignore

Hurricane Florence did not directly impact the Gulf Coast, but this catastrophic storm highlighted critical weaknesses of coal ash ponds in coastal areas. This summer we caught up on coal ash and explained the dangers of this toxic material including the grave dangers of having a coal ash pond in a floodplain near the coast just upstream of Mobile Bay. Today we look at the threats of coal ash pollution in a post-Florence world.

Alabama Power Releases Coal Ash Inundation Map Highlighting Potential Dangers Faced in Mobile-Tensaw Delta

Alabama Power Releases Coal Ash Inundation Map Highlighting Potential Dangers Faced in Mobile-Tensaw Delta

The dangers highlighted in this map show why Alabama Power must dig up the coal ash and move it rather than leaving it to threaten the Delta and Bay for years to come.