In Pennsylvania, coal generates the majority of our electricity, and it is the single biggest air polluter in the U.S. There are many aspects to the damage caused by coal combustion, from mining subsidence and acid mine runoff to the sloppy disposal of toxic ash at the other end of the cycle. In between, there is indisputably the production of a huge amount of unhealthy, even deadly, air pollution.
Our primary foci over the years have been on the air pollution created when burning coal or waste coal and the contamination of our ground water from coal combustion waste. Click below for some highlights from recent work in those areas.