Archive for February, 2017

New York, NY: The George Washington Bridge in heavy smog. This is the view towards the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. (Credit: AFGE)
Environmental Justice / Water Quality

Photos: Life in 9 American cities before the EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “Nearly five decades ago President Richard Nixon asked in his State of the Union address, ‘shall we surrender to our surroundings, or shall we make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land, and […]

Satellite image of Lake Erie in September 2011, overlaid on a map of the lake and its tributaries.
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Great Lakes scientist says, “If we lose the EPA, we lose Lake Erie”

DETROIT, MI — “At the 8th Binational Meeting of the Lake Erie Millennium Network, 125 scientists gathered at the University of Windsor in Ontario to hear experts weigh-in on the health of the southernmost, warmest and shallowest of the Great Lakes. They presented research on everything from climate change, water […]

Image copyright The Blade / Library Archiving System.
Right-to-Know

Forewarned: Environmental reporters are often the town criers on looming disasters

Sometimes, we listen. Often, we don’t. TOLEDO — “Lake Erie was an American environmental success story. Once on the verge of biological death from sewage, industrial pollutants and oxygen-depriving algae, the lake bounced back in the 1970s and ’80s, as tougher environmental laws took hold in the U.S. and Canada. […]

Shale gas drill rigging at night in Pennsylvania. (Credit: Kelly Malony, USGS)
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Fracking fluid is leaking more often that we thought

HARLAN, IA — “Hydraulic fracture oil and gas wells spill pretty often, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. That study, along with a companion paper which appeared in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analyzed spill data and behavior across four states—Colorado, New […]

The Conesville plant in Coshocton County.
AEP / Coal

Dynegy, AEP swap Ohio power plant ownership

COLUMBUS — “AEP and Dynegy have swapped ownership of a pair of Ohio power plants. The transaction is another indicator of an Ohio electric market caught in a sea of change. Natural-gas and renewable power are replacing coal-fired generation to produce the country’s power, and Ohio’s utilities are gradually exiting […]

Since 2012, first Dupont and now Chemours have used the replacement chemical GenX at plantsin the United States and elsewhere to make non-stick Teflon and other products. This plant is in Wilmington, Delaware. (Credit: Wilmington News Journal/USA Today Network)
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

Replacement chemical for C8 being studied amid similar health concerns

COLUMBUS — “Scientists and activists who fought DuPont to stop the use of C8 sense deja vu with the spinoff company, Chemours, and GenX, a chemical that replaced C8. European officials announced that they will begin an intensive investigation of the compound next month. Since 2012, DuPont, and now Chemours, […]

Carbon capture equipment at NRG’s power generating station southwest of Houston. Credit: Michael Stravato for The New York Times
Coal / Energy

Coal industry casts itself as a clean energy player

WASHINGTON, DC — “Seeking to shore up their struggling industry, the coal producers are voicing greater concern about greenhouse gas emissions. Their goal is to frame a new image for coal as a contributor, not an obstacle, to a clean-energy future — an image intended to foster their legislative agenda. […]

Future of power plants is pricey concern for investors
Energy / FirstEnergy

Future of power plants is pricey concern for investors

COLUMBUS — “Investors putting billions of dollars into natural gas-fired electric plants in Ohio say they’re concerned state legislators might make their investments virtually worthless by re-regulating the state’s electric industry. ‘They want to kick us out of Ohio,’ contends Bill Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future, a Boston company […]

Will Ohio backtrack on its green energy advances? (Opinion)
Renewable Energy

Will Ohio backtrack on its green energy advances? (Opinion)

DAYTON — “On Tuesday this newspaper quoted a Harvard psychologist saying that climate change requires massive infrastructure change ‘including nuclear power.’ Wednesday we read that a group of citizens filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to prevent closure of two Ohio coal plants. Neither of these positions reflects […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy talks bankruptcy and need for bailout of its nuclear plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. executives used two words a lot when discussing the company’s financial position and its plans to exit the nuclear power business when they spoke with analysts Wednesday, Feb. 22: ‘bankruptcy’ and ‘billions.’ The Akron-based company might be working to position itself for better treatment from state […]