Archive for February, 2011

What’s the problem with FirstEnergy’s dirty old Lake Erie coal plants?
Coal / FirstEnergy

What’s the problem with FirstEnergy’s dirty old Lake Erie coal plants?

Our nation is in the midst of a transition away from dependence on coal-fired electricity. Markets are shifting as coal is replaced by natural gas, as the country moves away from the deplorable practice of mountaintop removal coal mining, as states adopt standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and […]

Activists to state case on Davis-Besse license
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Activists to state case on Davis-Besse license

NRC panel to hear from 4 opposition groups, utility PORT CLINTON — “Four activist groups that contend FirstEnergy Corp.’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is unworthy of a 20-year license extension are to appear Tuesday before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing panel. But the panel, called the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, […]

FirstEnergy Corp. and Allegheny Energy are now one company
Coal / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. and Allegheny Energy are now one company

CLEVELAND — “The nation’s biggest power company is now based in Akron, but whether it’s good or bad for Ohioans is a matter of perspective… [FirstEnergy spokeswoman Ellen] Raines said that bringing Allegheny’s newer coal-fired power plants under FirstEnergy’s control bodes well for the company’s ability to generate more power, […]

Sen. Wilson invites Kasich to visit district
Baard Energy / Coal

Sen. Wilson invites Kasich to visit district

WELLSVILLE — “[State Senator Jason] Wilson said he has invited the governor – who accepted – to visit communities along the river, starting in Belmont County and working their way to East Liverpool. ‘He wants to understand us,’ Wilson said, saying that Kasich ‘lives in Upper Arlington; to him ‘brownfield’ […]

UC zero waste presentation audience surprised at potential landfill expansion toward schools
Good Neighbor Campaigns

UC zero waste presentation audience surprised at potential landfill expansion toward schools

CINCINNATI — Last night’s audience at the University of Cincinnati were surprised that Ohio would permit expansion of a landfill within 3,000 feet of two schools. The group, comprised largely of Environmental Studies students, took copies of the joint Ohio Citizen Action / Property Owners Want Equal Rights report titled, “The […]

FirstEnergy Corp. to become second-biggest power company; merger with Allegheny Energy gets final approval
Coal / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. to become second-biggest power company; merger with Allegheny Energy gets final approval

AKRON — “The merger and absorption of Allegheny will give FirstEnergy control of four very large coal-fired power plants that are newer than FirstEnergy’s own fleet. The big plants, three of which each produce more power than the Perry nuclear power plant, will more easily meet anticipated tougher environmental air […]

CARES study expands to Wood County
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

CARES study expands to Wood County

PARKERSBURG, WV — “As part of a continuing effort to study the neurological effects of metals, particularly manganese, on children, the Communities Actively Researching Exposure Study (CARES), is expanding recruitment efforts into Wood County. The study initially limited enrollment to residents of Marietta and Cambridge, Ohio, and is now extending […]

International non-profit leaders visit Ohio Citizen Action
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International non-profit leaders visit Ohio Citizen Action

CLEVELAND — A group of international leaders of non-profit organizations visited Ohio Citizen Action’s Cleveland office today for a lively round-table discussion on community organizing, public involvement, and non-profit management. The group was traveling under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Program and sponsored by the Cleveland […]

Baard tries to buck trend of coal-to-liquid failures
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard tries to buck trend of coal-to-liquid failures

WHEELING, WV —  “Thus far, the idea of converting coal to liquid fuel has yielded little more than broken promises of job creation and industrial rebirth for the Ohio Valley. While one such proposal, the Baard Energy project in Columbiana County, appears to be moving forward – albeit well behind […]

Zero Waste presentation spurs student action
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Zero Waste presentation spurs student action

CINCINNATI — The members of Xavier’s Sustainability Club are urging Rumpke to explore alternatives to expansion at the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill. The group discussion on February 15th was focused on overcoming the obstacles to Zero Waste and making recycling convenient for everyone. Emily TeKolste, a Student Sustainability Intern, asked “If […]