Archive for January, 2018

Davis Besse nuclear power plant (Creative Commons)
Coal / Energy

Regulators reject Trump administration proposal to support coal, nuclear

WASHINGTON, DC — “Federal energy regulators on Monday rejected a Trump administration proposal that would have provided financial support to coal and nuclear power plants. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the proposal, submitted by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, may do harm to competitive markets for energy. Ohio companies, such as […]

The AEP building in Columbus, Ohio. 
Photo by
Mark Cameron / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Ohio utility AEP never notified public about rate-case hearings

COLUMBUS — “After nearly a year and a half of deliberations with Ohio utility regulators, environmental groups, and customer advocates, American Electric Power appears to have agreement from most parties on the terms of its latest rate case. There’s just one problem: The company forgot to invite the public. The utility began working with the […]

Graphic shows number of sites removed from EPA’s National Priorities List of contaminated sites since 2001.
EPA / Right-to-Know

Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency is touting cleanups at seven of the nation’s most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in the Trump administration’s effort to reduce the number of Superfund sites, even though records show the physical work was completed before President Donald Trump took office. …Records show […]

As Ohio moves away from coal, carbon emissions continue to fall
Air Quality / Coal / Energy

As Ohio moves away from coal, carbon emissions continue to fall

CLEVELAND — “While the state is still a major polluter, Ohio’s shift away from coal has led to a significant reduction in carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions from Ohio’s energy sector fell by 50 million metric tons from 2005 to 2015, according to data recently released by the Energy Information Administration. What happened […]

Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects
Air Quality

Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects

COLUMBUS — “Women who breathe polluted air during the month right before or after they get pregnant may be more likely to have babies with birth defects, a U.S. recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on birth defects for almost 290,000 infants born in Ohio from 2006 to 2010, matching […]

Clean Energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Clean Energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology

President Trump rolled out the antiquated arguments about why clean energy was too expensive and a threat to the grid. But markets and policies mostly ignored him. WASHINGTON, DC — “As President Donald Trump moved to roll back environmental protections and foster a boom in fossil fuel energy production, his administration effectively abandoned […]

How corporations ‘bypassed the politics’ to lead on clean energy in 2017
Energy / Renewable Energy

How corporations ‘bypassed the politics’ to lead on clean energy in 2017

From mega wind purchases to rooftop solar arrays to electric truck orders, companies of all sizes are stepping up to act on climate WASHINGTON, DC — “When President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord attention quickly turned to corporate America. Would business leaders forge ahead in the fight […]

Albert Kelly would become a senior adviser in the federal environmental agency despite having no previous experience with environmental issues.
EPA

Banned from the banking industry for life, a Scott Pruitt friend finds a new home at the EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency has tasked a banker who was banned from the banking industry for life with oversight of the nation’s Superfund program. In May, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation fined Oklahoma banker Albert Kelly $125,000. According to a consent order, which The Intercept obtained through the Freedom of […]