Coal

Under a consent order with the DEP, FirstEnergy must close the 1,900-acre the Little Blue Run ash disposal site at the end of next year.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy seeks sites to dump coal ash

Two areas eyed but aren’t nearby AKRON — “FirstEnergy Generation LLC must close the biggest coal ash disposal site in the nation, Little Blue Run in Beaver County, by the end of 2016 and is looking for places to dump the 2.5 million tons of ash produced each year by […]

No one seems to know who — or what — is poisoning North Carolina drinking water supplies
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

No one seems to know who — or what — is poisoning North Carolina drinking water supplies

RALEIGH, NC — “What seems like a clear case of an energy company polluting people’s drinking wells in North Carolina is actually much more complicated, thanks to the state’s rock formations. Last week, North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sent another round of letters to residents living near the 32 […]

A haze of smog covers Over-the-Rhine looking southeast from Fairview Park in July 2010.
Coal

Not all good news on air quality

CINCINNATI — “I’m glad to know that Cincinnati’s air quality has improved, in terms of ozone pollution (“More local lung news: Our air is getting better” May 4) We should celebrate a decline from 15th to 23rd worst in the American Lung Association’s estimation. Your story, however, omits the fact […]

The announcement was praised by Rainforest Action Network, or RAN, as strongest policy of its kind to date and upgraded the bank's grade in its 2015 Coal Finance Report Card, which is critical of banks that finance coal companies.
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Bank of America pledges to continue to reduce exposure to mountaintop removal

  CHARLOTTE, NC — “Bank of America Corp. said in a coal policy document that it will ‘continue to reduce our exposure to coal mining companies that utilize [mountaintop removal coal mining] practices in Appalachia.’ The bank said mining companies engaging in the practice have been subject to enhanced regulatory […]

Ohio, Mich. could reap benefits of EPA rules
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Ohio, Mich. could reap benefits of EPA rules

TOLEDO — “Ohio ranks second and Michigan ranks fifth in states that could reap ancillary health benefits if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency follows through with strong rules this summer for climate-altering carbon dioxide gases emitted from coal-fired power plants, according to a peer-reviewed study issued Monday. The report, published […]

Charles Wilson has fished on Lake Robinson for much of his life. He says the lake needs to be shielded from pollution to protect fish.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Nuclear waste, arsenic at SC coal plant raise concern

DARLINGTON CO, SC — “Pollution test results from last year show that the Hartsville plant’s coal waste pond has released higher levels of arsenic into groundwater than state regulators ever had recorded there. In some cases, the arsenic levels rival those at other power plant sites in South Carolina that […]

FirstEnergy wages all-out war on clean energy
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy wages all-out war on clean energy

NEW YORK, NY — “In an effort to remain competitive in an evolving industry, FirstEnergy is now requesting that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) authorize substantial, customer-funded subsidies to bail out its uneconomic power plants. This deal would lock in what EDF’s Cheryl Roberto, in testimony before the […]

Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid
AEP / Energy

Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid

Alliance for Solar Choice launches campaign against utility’s stance COLUMBUS — “An advocate for rooftop solar power is taking shots at American Electric Power. The Alliance for Solar Choice is behind a website, www.unamericanelectricpower.com, and a billboard truck that was in Columbus on Tuesday to promote the site. The group […]

AEP CEO Nick Akins
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP CEO on PUCO: ‘Turnover is a challenge’ but new leader knows issues

COLUMBUS — “AEP and the state’s other electric utilities are in the midst of major state-level decisions as they face issues stemming from operating in Ohio’s deregulated marketplace. The PUCO, the state agency that oversees Ohio’s power industry, has experienced sizable churn at the top in the last few years. […]

American Electric Power’s Cardinal plant.
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP leaning toward selling Ohio power plants

Utility concerned about financial viability of unregulated plants COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power appears increasingly likely to sell its Ohio power plants, citing a regulatory structure that the company’s chief executive says is not conducive to investment. …Columbus-based AEP has asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to provide a […]