Our Costly Neglect of Drinking Fountains

Have you thought much about drinking fountains, or even seen one lately? They used to be everywhere—in all kinds of public buildings and in parks. Building codes specified how many drinking fountains a public building should have. They still do, … Continue reading

The ugly politics of the Dan River coal ash spill

On February 2, 2014, a coal ash retention pond in Eden, North Carolina ruptured and spewed 39,000 tons of coal ash and contaminated water into the Dan River. The ash quickly traveled as much as 70 miles downstream. The politics quickly … Continue reading

Coal Ash: Update on an Environmental Catastrophe

On February 2, 2014, a drainage pipe running unaccountably under a coal ash pond at a retired Duke Energy plant ruptured. It spilled 39,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River at Eden, … Continue reading