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There’s not a lot of good environmental news out there these days; Pres. Trump and his minions continue to thumb their snobby noses at consensus scientific fact as they plow ignorantly ahead with undoing environmental protections and regulations.

But there are some bright spots. With that, here’s a roundup of recent environmental items:

The TVA and what to do about tons and tons of coal ash

Like Duke Energy along rivers here in North Carolina, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has a problem with disposal and storage of coal ash generated by its power plants along waterways in Tennessee.

According to the New York Times, the TVA acknowledges some of the heavy metals and other harmful byproducts of coal fired energy plants have escaped containment from coal ash pits and have leeched into ground waters, including the Cumberland River.

Part of the problem, according to the Times, is some storage pits lie directly over karst, a permeable limestone; the percolation allows pollutants to roam freely to groundwater supplies impacting more than one million people. And it is no small problem; the TVA has 200,000 tons of coal ash to dispose of each year.

The article also cites lawsuits attempting to bring TVA coal ash practices in line.

Uh, Donald, solar is where the jobs are

Our POTUS (really? SAD) persists in the pipe dream that he, and only he, can restore American jobs, particularly in the last-gasp industry that is coal.

Well, The Donald should spend less time Tweeting and put his alleged businessman’s eyeglasses on the job potential of solar power. It is putting the fossil fuel industry to shame in job growth.

According to, “… last year, more than 51,000 people in the United States were hired to design, manufacture, sell and install solar panels, according to a new reportfrom The Solar Foundation. That means the solar industry created jobs 17 times faster than the economy as a whole.”

The solar industry now employs twice as many people in the United States as the coal industry and roughly the same number of people as the natural gas industry.

Here’s the link:

People clean up Chicago shoreline

The mantra of Pick Up Your Path continues to spread.

Just kidding.

But near Chicago in Waukegan, citizens have rolled up their sleeves to clean up their portion of lakeshore along Lake Michigan, according to PUYP subscriber Tom Bohr of Chicago.

He sent this link from the Chicago Tribune (a newspaper I used to write for back in the day). It seems the city has trimmed more than 100 jobs – some of those employees had helped keep the shoreline clean – but now residents and businesses have taken it upon themselves to put litter in its place.


Alas, I only walked two days last week (for a variety of reasons) but still came up with a recycle bin full of junk.



About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

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