When the rivers run black
Coal / Coal Ash

When the rivers run black

America’s largest industrial accident tore apart the town of Kingston, Tennessee. Five years later, has the industry learned anything? KINGSTON, TN — “The most toxic byproduct of coal-fired power isn’t carbon dioxide. It’s the residue that’s left over. When coal is burned in a plant, just like in a home, […]

Members of the Nitro Volunteer Fire Department distribute water to local residents following the chemical spill on Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Charleston, West Virginia (AP Photo Michael Switzer)
Coal / Right-to-Know

How grassroots organizing came to the rescue in West Virginia’s water crisis

CHARLESTON, WV — “Last month, an estimated 10,000 gallons of the coal-processing chemical MCHM, along with an unknown amount of a second substance called PPH, spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River — just upstream from a municipal water intake that serves nine counties. Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the […]

Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa, Ill. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / August 6, 2013)
AMP / Coal / Prairie State Coal Plant

Sales tax, electric rates increasing in Batavia

BATAVIA — “The Batavia City Council voted Monday night to increase the city’s sales tax and raise electric rates in an effort to keep its struggling electric utility fund afloat in the coming years. In a 10-4 vote, the council agreed to raise the city’s sales tax a half percent. […]

A Google Earth image that the Sierra Club on Monday, saying it shows illegal coal-ash dumping into the Ohio River by Louisville Gas & Electric.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Kentucky coal-ash dumping tracked by hidden cameras

Environmental groups allege dumping is illegal, plan to sue company they say is responsible for ‘continuous’ discharge LOUISVILLE, KY — “The allegations against Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) are the latest in a series of controversies over coal-ash dumping. Last month, Duke Energy, the country’s largest electricity provider, spilled 35 million gallons of toxic coal-ash slurry […]

Can coal ever be clean?
Coal / Energy

Can coal ever be clean?

It’s the dirtiest of fossil fuels. We burn eight billion tons of it a year, with growing consequences. The world must face the question. WASHINGTON, DC — “Environmentalists say that clean coal is a myth. Of course it is: Just look at West Virginia, where whole Appalachian peaks have been […]

Midwestern Attorney Generals urged to investigate Prairie State deal
Coal / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Midwestern Attorney Generals urged to investigate Prairie State deal

CLEVELAND — State officials, local officials, and watchdog groups are calling on Midwestern attorney generals to investigate contracts that led to 8 municipal utility agencies in 5 states to invest in the Prairie State Energy Campus. Since going online in 2012, the coal-fired power plant in Southern Illinois has not lived […]

In this Dec. 19, 1997 file photo, a bulldozer pushes coal to a waiting train at the Powhatan No. 6 mine in Alledonia, Ohio. The Ohio EPA has allowed more than a dozen coal facilities discharge permits, including Powhatam No. 6's, to expire since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Scott Shaw, File)
Coal / Energy

18 coal permits lapsed at Ohio EPA

COLUMBUS — “Eighteen coal facilities in Ohio are operating with expired pollution-discharge permits under an agency where allegations of coal-industry influence arose during a personnel flap last year, an Associated Press review has found. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John […]

Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa, Ill. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.
Coal / Prairie State Coal Plant

Coal-fired plant spiking some suburban electric bills

Naperville and Batavia, ready to boost rates, question Prairie State promise of cheap, reliable power CHICAGO, IL — “Gambling that Prairie State would insulate them from volatile electricity prices, dozens of communities across the Midwest locked themselves into 28-year contracts to purchase power from a company formed by Peabody Energy, […]

A vortex of coal ash swirls in the gray waters of the Dan River at Danville, Va. downstream from the Duke Energy Steam Station in Eden, NC. (John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Lack of coal-waste oversight is under fire after giant spill

WASHINGTON, DC — “A massive North Carolina coal waste spill into a major river is increasing pressure on the Obama administration to start policing the more than 1,000 such waste storage sites across the nation. The federal government doesn’t regulate the disposal of ‘coal ash,’ the dustlike material that’s left […]

Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger, left, addresses the City Council during a workshop to discuss electric rates in Naperville. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / February 23, 2014)
Coal / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Naperville eyes 6 percent electric rate hike to cover deficit

NAPERVILLE, IL — “Naperville residents are likely to see their electric rates spike 6 percent this spring instead of the 2 percent they expected. Naperville purchases power from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, of which it is a member along with 31 other municipalities and a co-op. City Manager Doug […]