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.

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.

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 that would regulate the oil and gas industry more strictly and eliminate tax breaks. The …

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 new nuclear reactors at its Plant Vogtle in Georgia, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy …

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 coastal Lafourche and Terrebone parishes that has been hit hard by the BP oil catastrophe. …

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 pond at its Kingston power plant in Roane County. The fine is the largest ever …

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. To read earlier installments in the series, visit here. A series of coal ash disasters …

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 investigation. After coal is burned at power plants, leaving massive heaps of ash, not all …