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Governor Mike DeWine
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Group raises questions about Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s connection to polluting industries

article originally published June 2, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC  — “Several times now, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined other Republican state attorneys general in suing the Obama administration in efforts to derail federal environmental rules. At the same time, DeWine — a possible contender for Ohio governor in 2018 […]

Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show
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Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show

So far, utilities have acknowledged the presence of enough health-harming contaminants like arsenic to trigger cleanup rules at 70 coal-fired power plant sites WASHINGTON, DC — “This new national picture of coal ash contamination has emerged in part because the environmental groups Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Project, with others, have combed through utility […]

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need
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Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need

Ohio regulators will rule on the need for the largest-yet solar energy project proposed in the state COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators began hearing evidence this week to decide the fate of American Electric Power’s proposal for 400 megawatts of solar energy in Appalachian Ohio. If approved, the combined project in Highland County would […]

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EPA proposal would put federal mercury rules on shakier legal ground

Changing how benefits are calculated could undercut the justification for mercury standards and other rules. WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency announced Dec. 27 that it would leave the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rules in place. However, new number-crunching would undermine the justification for the rule. What would the […]

Utilities speed up closure of coal-fired power plants
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Utilities speed up closure of coal-fired power plants

Wind, solar and natural gas become more cost-competitive, driving shift to new energy sources MERRILLVILLE, IN — “Northern Indiana Public Service, part of NiSource Inc., concluded that phasing out coal sooner was worth it because it would move the company to what is becoming a cheaper source of power, and […]

Highland County solar projects pending approval
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Highland County solar projects pending approval

Proposed facilities could bring millions of dollars COLUMBUS — “Local and area officials gathered in Columbus on Tuesday to urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve the construction of two massive solar farms in Highland County that could potentially bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to […]

Proposed AEP solar plants in southern Ohio have strong backing at hearing
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Proposed AEP solar plants in southern Ohio have strong backing at hearing

COLUMBUS — “It was hard to find an opponent at Tuesday’s state hearing over American Electric Power’s proposal to build two solar plants in southern Ohio. More than 50 people testified at the hearing at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and all of them glowed about the project from an […]

US on pace for record coal retirements in 2018, IEEFA finds
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US on pace for record coal retirements in 2018, IEEFA finds

CLEVELAND — “U.S. power providers will close more coal-fired generation capacity in 2018 than any year before, according to research released last week by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a clean energy think tank. The IEEFA report highlights the accelerating trend of coal plant retirements, but also illustrates just […]

Trump administration prepares a major weakening of mercury emissions rules
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Trump administration prepares a major weakening of mercury emissions rules

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it. The proposal would not eliminate […]

Critics Say Trump Coal Rules Step Backward for Ohio
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Critics Say Trump Coal Rules Step Backward for Ohio

COLUMBUS – “The public can now comment on the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule aimed at drastically cutting carbon emissions from coal power plants. Under what’s being called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, or ACE, states would develop their own reduction goals and submit […]