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In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Wesley Simon-Parsons, civil and environmental supervisor at Dominion Terminal Associates, stands near piles of coal at the company's coal terminal in Newport News, Va. Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday, July 29, to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Coal / Energy

A great day for coal? Not exactly.

Why the Supreme Court’s strange EPA decision won’t matter as much as people think WASHINGTON, DC — “It won’t get as much attention as today’s perplexing Supreme Court decision blocking mercury limits for coal-fired power plants, but the government quietly revealed last Thursday that the U.S. electricity sector has reached a […]

Marked for death by SCOTUS, mercury rule has already done its job
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Marked for death by SCOTUS, mercury rule has already done its job

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Supreme Court sent the Environmental Protection Agency back to the drawing board Monday to re-issue rules on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, a process which could extend past President Obama’s tenure in office. While the 5-4 decision is likely to draw the ire of environmental […]

A coal-fired power plant in Ghent, Ky. Industry groups and about 20 states challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to regulate emissions — one of the Obama administration's most ambitious environmental initiatives.
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Supreme Court blocks Obama’s limits on power plants

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious environmental initiatives, one meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Industry groups and some 20 states challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to regulate the emissions, saying […]

Budget plan would shift Ohio power-plant tax to others
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Budget plan would shift Ohio power-plant tax to others

Property tax would now be owed by electricity deliverers, who would pass cost on to consumers COLUMBUS — “Here’s how it would work: The tax now paid by owners of power plants would be shifted to owners of electricity-delivery systems, including separate subsidiaries of AEP and other utilities. The plants […]

Coal Industry lobbies White House to back off on new power plant rules
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Coal Industry lobbies White House to back off on new power plant rules

Urging a retreat from costly emissions-cutting technology, coal advocates offer less-stringent approach WASHINGTON, DC — “A team from the National Mining Association presented their case at the White House regulatory review office last week, asking for power companies to be allowed to use off-the-shelf technology instead of requiring much more […]

The Kanawha River in Belle, W.Va. Upriver is a petrochemical plant and opposite a coal power plant. A chemical spill nearby prompted legislative action. Stacy Kranitz for The New York Times
Coal

After Elk River spill, Congress will vote on bill regulating toxic chemicals

CHARLESTON, WV — “Before the Elk River spill, efforts to improve chemical safety had foundered for years. The main champion of those efforts was Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, a liberal Democrat who sought to improve what he saw as an outdated law that put people in harm’s […]

Coal / Mountaintop Removal

New York Times: ‘The People v. the Coal Baron’

CHARLESTON, WV — “Over the weekend, The New York Times published an interesting West Virginia Day offering:  A lengthy story about former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. The story dug deep into the archives of various Blankenship controversies, and understandably made much about the big trial that’s coming up in […]

A memorial to the fallen miners in Whitesville, W.Va.
Stephen Crowley / The New York Times
Coal / Energy

The People v. the Coal Baron

NEW YORK, NY —  “Mr. Blankenship’s quasi-dictatorial management style as chief executive produced spectacular results for Massey, transforming it from a relatively modest business dominated by a single family into a corporation that operated more than 150 mines and brought in more than $2.6 billion in revenue. And Massey’s success […]

The Sierra Club’s Jen Miller addresses about 100 people in Columbus at a June 15 rally organized by the Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter and Ohio Citizen Action to protest FirstEnergy’s plan.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy “bailout” case: Are new additions “special deals?”

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy continues to fight against full disclosure of details in its bid to have Ohio ratepayers guarantee sales for three less profitable coal plants plus the Davis-Besse nuclear plant, even as it adds new rate proposals. FirstEnergy says the new provisions are separate from its proposed power purchase […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy next into fight over controversial power purchase agreements

COLUMBUS — “For FirstEnergy, $5 billion is riding on its proposal. That’s the difference in projected costs being debated by FirstEnergy and its opponents. The company estimates its customers ultimately will save $2 billion in its plan, but an analysis by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel projects a $3 billion shortfall […]