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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 […]

Anne Harding

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A man wearing a respiratory protection mask walks toward an office building during the smog after a red alert was issued for heavy air pollution in Beijing's central business district, China, December 21, 2016.
Coal

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 […]

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 […]

Ohio now a leader in small wind-power projects, federal report says
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio now a leader in small wind-power projects, federal report says

COLUMBUS — “While giant wind farms get much of the attention, there is a small but steady market for more-modest wind energy projects at businesses and homes, and Ohio is a leader. Ohio added 1.54 megawatts of wind energy through these types of projects last year, which ranked seventh in […]

OUR VIEW: Acid rain battle must be continued
Coal

OUR VIEW: Acid rain battle must be continued

UTICA, NY — “Earlier this week, the Adirondack Council joined with the state of Maryland and a coalition of environmental and health organizations to file a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to require Midwest power plants to turn on already-installed pollution control […]