Archive for May, 2012

Citizens plan suit against Hancock coal-ash dam
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

Citizens plan suit against Hancock coal-ash dam

CHARLESTON, WV — “Local citizens on Wednesday threatened to sue FirstEnergy Corp. over a huge coal-ash impoundment along the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border, alleging the operation is polluting area streams, tainting groundwater, and violating federal waste disposal requirements. The Little Blue Regional Action Group sent Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy a formal notice of […]

Citizens groups launch new website to track troubled Prairie State coal plant
Coal / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Citizens groups launch new website to track troubled Prairie State coal plant

CLEVELAND — A network of consumer and environmental organizations from the Midwest today launched a new website to track developments at the controversial Prairie State coal-fired power plant, currently under construction in southern Illinois.  The website, called “Prairie State Coal Plant Tracker,” is located at www.prairiestatecoalplant.org…. “Information about the delays […]

Reject the dirty politics of coal ash for clean water
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Reject the dirty politics of coal ash for clean water

TAMPA BAY — “Florida’s drinking waters are slowly being poisoned by a silent toxic menace. If certain members of Congress have their way, federal regulators will never be able to do anything about it. At Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Station near Apollo Beach, arsenic, boron, molybdenum and other toxic chemicals […]

Power providers in nasty faceoff
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Power providers in nasty faceoff

AEP, FirstEnergy duke it out in ad war COLUMBUS — “The companies sell the same product and, for the first time, are competing for the same customers. For all of the humorous commercials, this battle is not child’s play. At the heart of the fight is this question: How much […]

Today is the birthday of Rachel Carson, the mother of environmentalism
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Today is the birthday of Rachel Carson, the mother of environmentalism

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?” ― […]

Environmental groups host forum to promote recycling and composting
Cleveland Incinerator

Environmental groups host forum to promote recycling and composting

CLEVELAND — “To capitalize on the renewed interest in recycling and composting generated by the public meetings earlier this year, environmental groups are now pressing the city to develop a more comprehensive plan. Ohio Citizen Action, Earthday Coalition and other groups have organized the Cleveland Composting and Recycling Forum on […]

Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Neighbors oppose expansion of Little Blue Lagoon

GREENE TWP, PA — “Residents of Greene Township, Beaver County, are opposing Little Blue’s proposed expansion – the creation of new disposal facility adjacent to the existing impoundment. They believe serious health problem have already resulted from ground and well water contamination — something First Energy denies. ‘And it’s unlined […]

No-coal choice saved money
Coal / Prairie State Coal Plant

No-coal choice saved money

YELLOW SPRINGS —”The Village’s decision five years ago against investing in a 1,600-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Illinois may have spared its electric customers from decades of high utility bills. According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch last week, construction cost overruns at the $5 billion Prairie State Energy […]

Appeals court ruling has Lyndhurst City Council rethinking its new solicitation law
Ohio Citizen Action

Appeals court ruling has Lyndhurst City Council rethinking its new solicitation law

LYNDHURST — “Law Director Paul Murphy said the need to re-examine the Lyndhurst law change stems from the court case Ohio Citizen Action vs. the City of Englewood, recently decided in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Englewood, a city near Dayton, was sued because it limited […]

Evacs and drills pared near nuke plants
Energy

Evacs and drills pared near nuke plants

NEW YORK, NY — “Without fanfare, the nation’s nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away. The revamp, the first since the program began after Three […]