Archive for August, 2010

Ohio EPA again investigating East Side refinery
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Ohio EPA again investigating East Side refinery

COLUMBUS — “Investigators from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on Monday were looking into complaints against an east side refinery that is in danger of being closed. The Ohio EPA said it received several complaints, beginning on Monday afternoon, from people near the Heartland Petroleum plant on East 5th Avenue, […]

Coal / Coal Ash

Feds hear two sides of coal ash debate

Activists urge waste be classified as hazard, but industries oppose plan ARLINGTON, VA — “Environmental activists urged the federal government Monday to regulate toxic ash from coal-fired power plants as hazardous waste, arguing that federal standards are necessary because the states have done a poor job of regulating coal-ash disposal. […]

FirstEnergy Corp. wants to operate Davis-Besse nuclear power plant until 2037
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FirstEnergy Corp. wants to operate Davis-Besse nuclear power plant until 2037

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Corp. wants U.S. approval to operate its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo until 2037, when it would be 60 years old. The Akron company on Monday said it had submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a 20-year license extension. Re-licensing typically takes months […]

Colerain neighbors mark one-year anniversary of underground fire at Rumpke landfill
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Colerain neighbors mark one-year anniversary of underground fire at Rumpke landfill

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Neighbors of the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill marked the one-year anniversary of the day Rumpke reported an underground fire in the northwest corner of the site to local and state regulators. At an April 1 public meeting attended by 175 people, staff from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Hamilton […]

Clean that garage: Giant recycling bins on way
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Clean that garage: Giant recycling bins on way

CINCINNATI — “Arriving this week at some Cincinnati households: 96-gal. recycling carts, the first step in the city’s plan to increase recycling and reward people for doing it… It’s a huge undertaking for the city and Rumpke, from managing the staggered implementation to estimating how many additional collection trucks to […]

Coal ash regulation hearings start today
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

Coal ash regulation hearings start today

HAZLETON, PA — “Barb Reed carts drinking water into her house, dissolves chlorine tablets in her toilet tank and replaces the element of her hot water heater every few years because of contamination in her well water. The water from her son’s well is even worse, containing arsenic – a […]

AMP’s former foes: No plans to block new plant
AMP / Coal

AMP’s former foes: No plans to block new plant

CHICAGO — “The Natural Resources Defense Council, which brought multiple legal battles to American Municipal Power to stop its coal-fired power plant, has no plans to fight AMP’s proposed natural gas combined cycle plant for Meigs County, according to spokesperson Josh Mogerman. Mogerman, speaking Friday from the NRDC’s Midwest office […]

AMP / Coal

Anderson says Meigs County pushed hardest for AMP project

POMEROY — “American Municipal Power’s announcement last week it plans to build a new electricity generating plant in Meigs County after all will pay off for the county most in the work its construction creates, Commissioner Tom Anderson said Friday. AMP plans to move forward with development of an 600-MW […]

Environmental groups push for coal ash regulations
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Environmental groups push for coal ash regulations

CLEVELAND — “An environmental study has identified four Ohio sites where they say coal ash dumps are contaminating groundwater with heavy metals. Ideastream’s Bill Rice reports some accuse the Ohio EPA of being negligent in failing to warn citizens of the dangers. The study by the environmental integrity project identifies […]

Environmentalists, power companies debate coal ash regulations
Coal / Coal Ash

Environmentalists, power companies debate coal ash regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “A major confrontation between environmentalists and electric utilities that burn a lot of coal is about to boil over. The fight is about coal ash — from the gritty cinders spread on icy winter roads, to the smokestack scrubber sludge that goes into drywall, to the fly […]