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Utility to shut power plant to settle U.S. pollution suit
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Utility to shut power plant to settle U.S. pollution suit

Company serving Westerville also will pay fine, fund energy efficiency COLUMBUS — “American Municipal Power will shut down its Richard H. Gorsuch power station along the Ohio River near Marietta by the end of 2012 to settle a federal lawsuit that said the coal-fired plant violated the Clean Air Act […]

Port wants projects to pay off soon
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Port wants projects to pay off soon

EAST LIVERPOOL — “The Columbiana County Port Authority would like for some of its major projects to begin paying off in a big way before undertaking any new projects. ‘The port authority operates as a business, so our projects have to produce revenue and that, at worse, we break even,’ […]

Proposals may close Ohio’s coal-ash ponds
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Proposals may close Ohio’s coal-ash ponds

COLUMBUS — “Power companies face shutting down coal-ash ponds at their plants amid rising concerns about toxic threats to groundwater. The federal government is proposing changes, brought on by the December 2008 coal-ash flood at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston power plant, that would be enforced by the U.S. Environmental […]

If “investors are lining up” for Baard Energy, where exactly is the line?
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If “investors are lining up” for Baard Energy, where exactly is the line?

COLUMBUS — On April 9, Steve Cooper of the Columbiana County Port Authority gave area business leaders an update on Baard Energy’s coal refinery plans. “They feel good things are coming their way. The investors are lining up and everyone’s getting very enthused again about it,” he said, according to Youngstown’s […]

$2.28 million raid on state black lung fund clears committee vote
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$2.28 million raid on state black lung fund clears committee vote

COLUMBUS — “State lawmakers approved a plan from Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration to snag $2.28 million from a health care fund for coal miners stricken with black lung disease to pay for oversight of new coal mines. The unanimous vote from the House’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee sends the […]

Elisa Young urges creation of citizen advisory board for proposed coal ash rules
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Elisa Young urges creation of citizen advisory board for proposed coal ash rules

CINCINNATI — In an interview at Cincinnati’s WLWT Channel 5 TV station today, Meigs County resident Elisa Young urged the U.S. EPA to include a citizen advisory board for their recently proposed coal ash rules. Coal ash is created when coal burned for power is disposed of in liquid form […]

Rep. Bill Owens of New York becomes 171st sponsor of the bill to ban mountaintop removal coal mining
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Rep. Bill Owens of New York becomes 171st sponsor of the bill to ban mountaintop removal coal mining

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Bill Owens, a first term Democrat from New York’s 23rd District signed on as the 171st cosponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310). The bill would effectively ban future mountaintop removal coal mining projects. Mr. Owens serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services, and Homeland […]

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration to raid black lung fund, use money for oversight of coal mines
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Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration to raid black lung fund, use money for oversight of coal mines

COLUMBUS — “Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration wants $2.28 million from a health-care fund for coal miners stricken with black lung disease to pay for regulatory programs to oversee new coal mines. The raid on the $191 million state black lung fund must happen by July because Ohio’s powerful coal companies got […]

Debt markets and alternative energy
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Debt markets and alternative energy

HUNTINGTON, WV — “A couple of years ago, a lot of alternative fuels projects were announced for sites along the Ohio River and elsewhere. At the time, I was a bit skeptical, as in my days as a newspaper reporter I had seen several such projects go nowhere. I particularly […]

What is the real reason Baard Energy scrapped its federal loan-guarantee application?
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What is the real reason Baard Energy scrapped its federal loan-guarantee application?

COLUMBUS — On December 22, 2008, Baard Energy submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Energy for a $2.5 billion loan guarantee for its proposed coal refinery. The application was accompanied by the required $200,000 non-refundable application fee. Then, only three months later, on March 26, 2009, Baard Energy […]