Archive for June, 2012

New EPA data show coal ash problem much worse
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

New EPA data show coal ash problem much worse

WASHINGTON, DC — “Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released information revealing the existence of hundreds of previously unknown coal ash dumps nationwide. The information comes pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) by Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. The data released today by the EPA reveal that […]

Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Keystone, coal ash dropped from Highway Bill, Inhofe says

WASHINGTON, DC — “Language requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and barring Environmental Protection Agency regulation of coal-ash waste were dropped from a highway spending bill being negotiated by U.S. lawmakers, Republican Senator James Inhofe said. The deal removes two obstacles preventing agreement on a compromise package paying for […]

Electricity suppliers might pass along AEP fee
AEP / Energy

Electricity suppliers might pass along AEP fee

COLUMBUS — “Evidence is starting to emerge about how electricity suppliers will react if state regulators grant American Electric Power’s request to modify a fee paid by competitors. DPL Energy already is passing the costs on to customers, according to a filing by grocery chain Aldi Inc. with the Public […]

Germany Plans to dispose of Bhopal toxic waste
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Germany Plans to dispose of Bhopal toxic waste

BHOPAL, INDIA — ” Rusted metal barrels filled with a dark, dusty material stand in a warehouse on the site of the former Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. Dirt and sand trickle from worn plastic bags piled up in a corner. The barrels contain toxic materials, but they have […]

Whiff of Phenol spells trouble
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Whiff of Phenol spells trouble

HAVERHILL — ” The stench of phenol was overpowering, wafting from mud taken from a layer of rock thousands of feet beneath southern Ohio. It was 1989 and workers for the Aristech Chemical Corp. had begun drilling a disposal well for dangerous, chemical-laden waste from the company’s acetone manufacturing plant […]

Controversy dogs Cleveland’s waste-to-energy ambitions
Cleveland Incinerator / Energy

Controversy dogs Cleveland’s waste-to-energy ambitions

CLEVELAND — ” In a hotel ballroom filled with entrepreneurs, angel investors and government bureaucrats hungry for opportunities in the evolving field of turning household trash into energy, Ivan Henderson delivers some sobering advice: Waste to energy is not an easy ride.’It’s been a bumpy road,’ the soft-spoken commissioner for […]

Inefficient combustion contributes to pollution
Coal / Duke Energy

Inefficient combustion contributes to pollution

CINCINNATI — “The article could have been more explicit when noting “fuel combustion” as the major source of our soot; the number one source is the inefficient combustion of coal in Duke Energy’s power plants. Rcently Duke agreed to retire its worst polluting boiler units, including those at Beckjord in […]

Consumer Groups ask PUCO to reject FirstEnergy rate plan
Energy / FirstEnergy

Consumer Groups ask PUCO to reject FirstEnergy rate plan

COLUMBUS – “Citing a concern that FirstEnergy customers could be subjected to electric bill increases from approximately 4% to 30 % for Cleveland Electric Illuminating, 4% to 26% for Toledo Edison and 4% to 27% for Ohio Edison, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) and two major local […]

Coal-plant plunge threatens billions in pollution spend
AEP / Coal / Energy

Coal-plant plunge threatens billions in pollution spend

CHICAGO, IL — “The coal-fired power industry in the U.S. is facing the biggest plunge in asset values in a decade, risking billions of dollars in pollution-control spending by utilities such as Exelon Corp. (EXC) and American Electric Power Co. (AEP) An indication of how much new emissions rules and […]

Powder River Basin coal leasing prompts IG, GAO reviews
Coal / Energy

Powder River Basin coal leasing prompts IG, GAO reviews

WASHINGTON, DC — “The government’s longtime practice of auctioning coal mining rights to a single bidder may have cost taxpayers as much as $28.9 billion over the past 30 years, according to an analysis to be released Monday by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a Cambridge, Mass.-based think […]