Archive for March, 2011

EPA revises policy on power plants, fish
Coal / FirstEnergy

EPA revises policy on power plants, fish

TOLEDO — “The Obama Administration’s long-anticipated plan to curb fish kills at power plants is up for public review, a regulatory update that could affect operations at FirstEnergy Corp.’s Bay Shore power plant in Oregon and DTE Energy’s coal-fired power plant in Monroe, among others. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, […]

Oklahoma town fears cancer, asthma may be linked to dump site
Coal / Coal Ash

Oklahoma town fears cancer, asthma may be linked to dump site

EPA proposed declaring coal ash hazardous waste, considering more lenient standards BOKOSHE, OK — “Many residents of Bokoshe, Okla., have a common fear: a coal ash dump site. ‘It’s real distressing to have something like this in your backyard and not be sure if you’re safe, if your kids are […]

Engineering firm seeks collection from Baard
Baard Energy / Coal

Engineering firm seeks collection from Baard

LISBON — “An engineering firm owed money by Baard Energy is taking its case to Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. CH2M Hill, Inc. filed legal action Tuesday seeking collection of a $222,764 federal court judgment awarded the company against Baard Energy and Ohio River Clean Fuels (ORCF), LLC. Baard Energy […]

How the Bayshore power plant is a massive, fish-killing machine
Coal / FirstEnergy

How the Bayshore power plant is a massive, fish-killing machine

TOLEDO — “Catching three perch at a time was a thrill as I grew up. We filled the cooler in an hour or two. We caught the fish in Maumee Bay and far western Lake Erie. What fun it was. That was back in the mid 1950’s. Catching one good […]

English true to service roots, at work and in song
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

English true to service roots, at work and in song

CINCINNATI — “When she was on her honeymoon in Paris, Melissa English made a pit stop for work, with her new husband’s approval, of course. She had barely officially joined the staff of Ohio Citizen Action as the Southern Ohio campaign director, though she’d been involved with the advocacy non-profit […]

Questions on nuclear power, coal boost interest in gas as electricity-plant fuel
Coal

Questions on nuclear power, coal boost interest in gas as electricity-plant fuel

TOLEDO — “Natural gas ‘does have 50 percent of the carbon footprint of coal. I see it supplanting nuclear and I see it supplanting coal for a lot of reasons, at least in the short term,’ Mr. Gerken [chief executive officer of American Municipal Power Inc.] said in explaining his […]

Utilities’ foe faces uncertain future
Energy

Utilities’ foe faces uncertain future

Customers’ watchdog may get 51% budget cut COLUMBUS — “Ohio utility customers might soon find out what happens when a watchdog loses its bite. Gov. John Kasich has proposed a 51 percent budget cut for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the state’s advocate for the people who pay […]

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel prepares for budget battle
Energy

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel prepares for budget battle

CLEVELAND — “Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander says she and her staff have saved consumers $54 million in the last two years by objecting to and paring down utility rate increases. But Gov. John Kasich says the consumers’ counsel duplicates a lot of what the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio […]

Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio poised to take center stage in natural gas drilling debate as it considers tapping park lands

CLEVELAND — “Debate over oil and gas well drilling has long bubbled at or just below the surface in Ohio, but 2011 might end up being recalled as the year when it finally erupted. For starters, geologists, energy experts and gas well drillers fully believe Ohio might be sitting atop […]

‘Another Family Against Expanding Rumpke Landfill’ stickers available
Good Neighbor Campaigns

‘Another Family Against Expanding Rumpke Landfill’ stickers available

CINCINNATI — Ohio Citizen Action and Property Owners Want Equal Rights released a free sticker this week to demonstrate support for recycling and against expanding our regional landfill in Colerain Township. The stickers read “Another Family Against Expanding Rumpke Landfill” and are available for free from Ohio Citizen Action and […]