Coal Ash Ponds in the Path of Hurricane Florence

Numerous coal-fired power plants with onsite storage of coal ash waste are in the potential path of Hurricane Florence. Coal ash ponds can be susceptible to failure or spillage during heavy precipitation events or flooding, with devastating consequences for the environment, wildlife and human health.

The factsheet and data file linked below provide further information on coal ash ponds in the Southeast.

Image: Coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina, 2014. Credit: Waterkeeper Alliance/Rick Dove on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)