Archive for December, 2011

AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Court puts on hold regulation to reduce power plant pollution spoiling air downwind

WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal court Friday put on hold a controversial Obama administration regulation aimed at reducing power plant pollution in 27 states that contributes to unhealthy air downwind. More than a dozen electric power companies, municipal power plant operators and states had sought to delay the rules until […]

Protecting babies from neurotoxins
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Protecting babies from neurotoxins

NEW YORK, NY — “The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized a rule that for the first time requires U.S. coal and oil-fired power plant operators to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. EPA rules in place under the 1990 Clean Air Act have targeted acid rain and […]

Age of electric power generators varies widely
Coal / Energy

Age of electric power generators varies widely

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The current fleet of electric power generators has a wide range of ages. The oldest power plants tend to be hydropower generators. Most coal-fired plants were built before 1980. There was a wave of nuclear plant construction from the late 1960s to about 1990. The most recent […]

Landfills may have to test groundwater for pollutants
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Landfills may have to test groundwater for pollutants

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s debris landfills were unregulated for decades because the materials dumped in them — concrete, drywall and splintered lumber — were deemed harmless. But that’s changed for the 53 operating landfills, including five in central Ohio. Problems arose after several landfills started taking millions of tons of debris […]

Mercury, madness, and the E.P.A.: The essential role of government
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Mercury, madness, and the E.P.A.: The essential role of government

NEWARK, NJ — “The E.P.A. rule constitutes a big victory for environmentalists and scientists who have worked for 20 years to regulate these pollutants — and an even bigger one for the public. So, the Republicans want to kill it. What? Yes, and here is (also) where the madness comes […]

Mercury falling
AEP / Coal / FirstEnergy

Mercury falling

AKRON — “The point isn’t to say implementation will be easy. Ohio ranks as the nation’s second leading emitter of mercury pollution. FirstEnergy and especially American Electric Power face making substantial investment. One option for power companies is closing down aging plants. The Associated Press conducted a survey of plant […]

Springtime for toxics
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Springtime for toxics

NEW YORK, NY — “As far as I can tell, even opponents of environmental regulation admit that mercury is nasty stuff. It’s a potent neurotoxicant: the expression “mad as a hatter” emerged in the 19th century because hat makers of the time treated fur with mercury compounds, and often suffered […]

Republicans’ damage to Ohio consumers’ counsel leaves utilities holding all of the high cards
Energy

Republicans’ damage to Ohio consumers’ counsel leaves utilities holding all of the high cards

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s 129th General Assembly did utility ratepayers no favors when it took a meat ax to the Office of Consumers’ Counsel. The office represents residential utility customers in rate hearings and the like. It’s funded by a minuscule assessment on utilities. Last year, the counsel’s budget was $8.5 […]

Happy Holidays
Cleveland Incinerator

Happy Holidays

The coal age is nearer to its end
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

The coal age is nearer to its end

NEW YORK, NY — “After burning coal to light up Cincinnati for six decades, the Walter C. Beckjord Generating Station will go dark soon—a fate that will be shared by dozens of aging coal-fired power plants across the U.S. in coming years. Their owners cite a raft of new air-pollution […]