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South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis becomes 167th co-sponsor of bill to ban mountaintop removal ; 8th Republican.
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South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis becomes 167th co-sponsor of bill to ban mountaintop removal ; 8th Republican.

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Bob Inglis, a 6th term Republican from South Carolina’s 4th District, has signed on to be the 167th co-sponsor, including chief sponsor Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310). The bill would effectively ban the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Inglis is the 8th. Republican to co-sponsor […]

Baard’s own estimates show coal refinery costs out of control
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Baard’s own estimates show coal refinery costs out of control

COLUMBUS — Baard Energy’s own estimate for the construction costs of their proposed coal refinery in Wellsville reached $6,898,587,288.81 in December, 2008, according to documents obtained under a public records request.  The figure appears on page 13 of a document submitted by the Columbiana County Port Authority to the Ohio Department of Development […]

Communities plagued by toxic coal ash invite regulator to witness devastation
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Communities plagued by toxic coal ash invite regulator to witness devastation

CLEVELAND — Ohio Citizen Action today urged Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to accept the invitations he is receiving to visit the homes of people in Ohio and across the country whose communities have been devastated by Toxic Coal Ash. The letters, […]

Ohio plants still pumping out mercury
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Ohio plants still pumping out mercury

COLUMBUS — “While mercury emissions from power plants across the United States have decreased in recent years, the amount released at American Electric Power’s Gavin plant in southeastern Ohio more than doubled from 2007 to 2008. That puts Gavin and two other Ohio coal-fired power plants on a list of […]

Ron Ramsey’s mine canary
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Ron Ramsey’s mine canary

CHATTANOOGA, TN — “The civic travesty of so-called mountain-top removal mining, though widely used in West Virginia and in some other Appalachian states, has not yet laid waste to much of Tennessee. At the moment, just four of Tennessee’s peaks and the valleys below them are subject to utter despoliation: […]

Did a ‘quiet dinner’ with Gov. Ted Strickland result in $5 million in public money going to Baard’s rejected coal refinery project?
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Did a ‘quiet dinner’ with Gov. Ted Strickland result in $5 million in public money going to Baard’s rejected coal refinery project?

COLUMBUS — On March 5, Catherine Turcer, Director, Money in Politics Project, Ohio Citizen Action, sent a formal public records request to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland for documents about the circumstances of a sudden turnaround in Baard Energy’s fortunes. The company’s coal refinery project, which had been turned down twice previously for […]

Gubernatorial candidates — don’t spend our tax dollars on another dirty coal plant
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Gubernatorial candidates — don’t spend our tax dollars on another dirty coal plant

COLUMBUS — 5,628 Ohio Citizen Action members and friends have written to Governor Ted Strickland and gubernatorial candidate John Kasich, urging them to discontinue using our tax dollars on the proposed Baard Energy coal refinery in Wellsville, in Columbiana County, Ohio.  The proposed refinery will burn 9.3 million tons of […]

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) is the 166th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal mining ban
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Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) is the 166th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal mining ban

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Bill Foster, a second term northern Illinois Democrat has signed on as the 166th co-sponsor, including chief sponsor Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310). The bill would effectively ban the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Before running for Congress, Foster […]

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EPA report: Streams near mining toxic

CHARLESTON, WV — “Water quality downstream from surface coal-mining operations in West Virginia and Kentucky greatly exceeds recommended toxicity limits, according to previously unreleased sampling data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA scientists found toxicity levels as high as 50 times the federal guidelines in water downstream from mining operations. […]

28 Christian groups appeal to Obama and the EPA to cease mountaintop removal coal mining
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28 Christian groups appeal to Obama and the EPA to cease mountaintop removal coal mining

WASHINGTON, DC — “The groups are asking EPA to close the Clean Water Act loophole and restore the original Clean Water Act protections, which would prohibit coal companies from masquerading their waste as ‘fill.’ ‘As Christians, we are called to be good stewards of God’s creation, to love and care […]