Archive for August, 2017

Harnessing the wind: Ohio ranks among top 10 for distributed wind energy
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Harnessing the wind: Ohio ranks among top 10 for distributed wind energy

ADA — “Ohio’s wind power capacity is experiencing strong growth despite legislative setbacks and opposition from local groups that are against the construction of large-scale wind farms. In 2016, Ohio installed 102 megawatts of utility-scale wind capacity — that is, capacity from wind farms used for bulk power. These projects […]

Sperm count in western men has dropped over 50 percent since 1973, paper finds

Sperm count in western men has dropped over 50 percent since 1973, paper finds

NEW YORK, NY — “The sperm count of men in Western countries has been declining precipitously with no signs of “leveling off,” according to new research, bolstering a school of thought that male health in the modern world is at risk, possibly threatening fertility. By examining thousands of studies and […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO rejects challenge to FirstEnergy special subsidy, you’ll keep paying more

CLEVELAND — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today rejected multiple appeals of its October 2016 ruling giving FirstEnergy an extra $204 million a year for up to five years, officially for upgrades to the company’s local wires and substations, but say opponents, actually allowing the company to use the money in […]

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy

As Ohio legislature regroups, power plant subsidy debate to continue

COLUMBUS — “As the Ohio legislative session resumes next month, subsidies for nuclear generation and 1950s-era coal plants are expected to once again be on the table. Other pending electricity bills deal with renewable energy, energy efficiency, corporate separation of utilities and consumer protections. The outcome could shape Ohio’s electricity […]

Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism

NEW YORK, NY — “Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Dr. Haidong Kan of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and colleagues looked specifically at […]

Dick Munson is EDF's Director, Midwest Clean Energy.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Tomorrow is judgement day for FirstEnergy’s bailout

COLUMBUS — “Tomorrow, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will issue its rehearing order on FirstEnergy’s bailout plea. If, like us, you have vacation brain, here’s a refresher: Last October, the PUCO gave a tentative $625-million subsidy to reduce FirstEnergy’s debt associated with its bad business decisions. Admittedly less than the […]

A legacy of environmental racism
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).

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 […]