Archive for August 14th, 2017

Exxon Mobil refinery in the Charlton-Pollard section of Beaumont, Texas, as seen from Van Buren Avenue, on June 6, 2017. Photo: Todd Spoth for The Intercept
Environmental Justice / Right-to-Know

A legacy of environmental racism

Exxon Mobil is still pumping toxins into black community in Texas 17 years after civil rights complaint BEAUMONT, TX — “People who can afford to live elsewhere tend to leave the neighborhood. A family who lived next door to Gaines recently left because they feared the pollution was the reason […]

Against the stream: The future of the federal Clean Water Rule
Water Quality

Against the stream: The future of the federal Clean Water Rule

A pitched battle is being waged over which water sources warrant federal protection under the Clean Water Act. Who’s right, and who will prevail? WASHINGTON, DC — “In June, federal environmental agencies proposed to scrap an Obama-era rule explicitly defining which waters fall under the Act’s jurisdiction. Waters such as […]

Three examples of Magnéli phases of titania suboxides identified in coal ash from US and Chinese coals.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Coal plants might be even more toxic than we thought

An environmental disaster in North Carolina reveals that a rare, potentially dangerous compound is abundant in burned coal BLACKSBURG, VA — “Scientists studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that may pose human health risks. …The newly identified […]

The Environmental Protection Agency has become more secretive under the leadership of Scott Pruitt (Credit: Tom Brenner / The New York Times).
EPA

Scott Pruitt is carrying out his EPA agenda in secret, critics say

WASHINGTON, DC — “When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor where his office is, according to interviews with employees of the federal agency. Doors […]

Green Energy Technologies, a ParkOhio subsidiary, manufacturers this 30-kilowatt Wind Sphere in Cleveland. The shroud around the blade speeds up the wind and increases the amount of power generated (Credit: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer).
Wind Energy

Small wind turbines in Ohio are the next big thing, says Department of Energy

CLEVELAND — “Ohio businesses, farmers and industries have been installing small, medium and even large wind turbines for more than a decade, and the state is now ranked sixth in the nation for the amount of power these turbines can generate for on-site use or nearby delivery. In an annual […]