The Alabama Rivers Alliance has been working with partners across the state to address the water quality impacts from the storage of coal ash, a by-product of burning coal for electricity. Coal ash contains pollution that gets discharged into our waterways when stored in unlined wet ponds, as it has been for decades. Thanks to new federal rules, this method of storage is being changed and waters will be more protected. The new rules will take time for utilities to implement and we are following the implementation of these rules in Alabama to ensure our waters are protected. Our partners at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy recently wrote this informative blog with an update on what’s happening around the southeast regarding the move toward new ways of storing coal ash.