Bruce Nilles

Bruce Nilles is the Deputy Conservation Director of the Sierra Club and former director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, the largest component of Sierra Club's new Climate Recovery Partnerships. The Beyond Coal Campaign is working to reduce America's over reliance on coal, slash coal's contribution to global warming and other pollution woes, end destructive mining, and secure massive investments in clean energy alternatives. Bruce joined the Sierra Club in 2002. He previously worked as a staff attorney for Earthjustice's San Francisco office, and during the Clinton Administration as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington D.C. He received his J.D. and B.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

The Aftermath of the TVA Coal Ash Disaster

This is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. This was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Philip Hawes. Tennessee’s Emory River has long been treasured for its natural beauty. In 1867, when …

No Permit No Mine

EPA recommends protecting clean water by rejecting giant W.Va. coal mine

The EPA is recommending rejecting a new mountaintop-removal coal mine in West Virginia. Hopefully the decision is a step towards ending the practice altogether.

Coping with Coal Ash's Health Effects

This is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. This piece was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Lydia Avila. The community of Joliet, Illinois, identifies as many things – Midwestern, humble, and …

Oklahoma Town Fights Coal Ash

This post is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. It was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Flavia de la Fuente. When a company named Making Money, Having Fun LLC (how’s that …

Peabody Coal's Plan to Save the World…Or Itself?

The coal industry is a filthy business, but that doesn’t stop the industry from spending a fortune on PR consultants to try and distract attention away from the costs it imposes on Americans every day. …

A Big Coal Ash Problem At Little Blue

This post is the latest in our series of coal ash community profiles. Our work on coal ash unfortunately becomes timely yet again, as news came out this week of a breach at a coal …

A Kentucky Community Surrounded by Coal Ash

This week’s coal ash community profile was written by Elizabeth Irvin, a Sierra Club Apprentice. For one weekend each year in early May, Louisville, Kentucky, boasts an abnormally high concentration of horses, jockeys, mint juleps, …

Threat Remains Despite VA Coal Plant Delay

This week’s coal ash community profile post was written by Gabriel DeRita, a Sierra Club Communications Apprentice. Also, follow today’s EPA coal ash public hearing in Chicago via our @SierraClubLive and @SierraClubIL Twitter accounts. The …

New Coal Ash Video and Facebook App Aim to Educate, Engage

You’ve seen our push against toxic coal ash continue over the past few months as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks public comment on how to regulate coal ash. Our push continues this week with …

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