Sue Sturgis

Sue Sturgis is the editorial director of Facing South, the online magazine of the nonprofit Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, N.C.

the tip of a criminal iceberg?

Coal companies charged with massive violations of water pollution laws in Kentucky

Environmentalists took the first step toward bringing a lawsuit against three mining operations in Kentucky for a huge number of alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.

Fronting for big power

Industry wraps coal ash regulation fight in the mantle of civil rights

Some opponents of stronger coal ash regulation are trying to make their case in the language of civil rights. But their argument doesn't fly.

Big Oil rallies to save Big Oil

A nationwide series of rallies kicked off in Texas this week urging Congress to block legislation proposed in the wake of the BP oil disaster …

the toll of coal

Hearings begin on federal coal ash rules as evidence of damages mounts

The EPA is holding the first in a series of seven official public hearings today to collect comments on a proposal to federally regulate coal ash.

Obama administration sued over secrecy surrounding nuclear power subsidies

After President Obama announced back in February that his administration would provide $8.3 billion in taxpayer-financed loan guarantees to the Southern Company to build two …

Delegation from oil-afflicted Amazon visits Louisiana tribes hit by BP disaster

A delegation of indigenous and community leaders from Ecuador is visiting Louisiana this week at the invitation of the United Houma Nation, a tribe in …

Tennessee fines TVA $11.5 million for coal ash spill, but is it enough?

The state of Tennessee has assessed an $11.5 million penalty against the Tennessee Valley Authority for the December 2008 coal ash spill from a holding …

coal bash

What’s next for coal ash?

This is the final installment in Facing South’s week-long investigation into the growing national problem of coal ash waste and the looming battle over regulation. …

'Dumpsites in Disguise'

When recycling goes bad

A coal ash fill under construction at the site of a former Coca-Cola plant in Weldon, N.C.Photo: N.C. Division of Waste ManagementA special Facing South …