Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good. Abbi O’Leary -
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Few lessons taken from ash spills

EDEN, NC — “Duke’s splash into the Dan River was the nation’s third large ash spill in less than a decade. Like the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pennsylvania’s PPL, Duke repeated apologies, made community gifts and pledged to close its ash basins. Why, as evidence grew that ash ponds are problematic, […]

Longtime activist and friend of the mountains, Lenny Kohm dies
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Longtime activist and friend of the mountains, Lenny Kohm dies

TODD, NC — Lenny Kohm, photojournalist, activist and friend of the mountains died last week in his home in North Carolina. Lenny came to Ohio in 2008 as an organizer with Appalachian Voices to work with Ohio Citizen Action on our campaign to stop mountaintop removal mining. He was a kind […]

The Kyger Creek Power Plant, located near Gallipolis, Ohio
AEP / Coal / Energy

PUCO slow to act on AEP rate plan

COLUMBUS — “Most of the plan is not controversial, but a small part has led to vocal opposition from environmental advocates and others. That provision says that AEP customers would provide a guarantee of income from the Kyger Creek Plant, a coal-fired power plant in southeastern Ohio. This is part […]

Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits

COLUMBIA, SC — “Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River. Environmentalists said the plan was a good first step, but didn’t go […]

A new report from Environment Ohio ranks Ohio fifth in the nation for the amount of carbon pollution spewed by power plants. Photo courtesy of the EPA.
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Report: Ohio in the top five states for carbon pollution

COLUMBUS — “The Buckeye State ranks fifth in the nation in a new list of states with the dirtiest air. According to the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center, Ohio’s power plants spew as much carbon into the atmosphere as the entire nation of Kuwait. Nate Lotze, campaign organizer with […]

Murray: Radical environmentalists trying to destroy coal industry
Coal / Energy

Murray: Radical environmentalists trying to destroy coal industry

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Murray Energy Corp. founder and CEO Robert Murray said he is planning for reductions in coal prices and demand in the year ahead. Speaking during Platts’ 37th annual Coal Marketing Days conference, which is being held Monday and Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Murray said the negative outlook is […]

Virginia Dominion Power's Possum Point Power Station, near Dumfries, Va. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images) | Scott J. Ferrell via Getty Images
Coal / Coal Ash

Leaking Dominion Virginia Power coal ash ponds spur complaint

WASHINGTON, DC — “Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant, 30 miles south of Washington, ‘have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways,’ the […]

AEP COO Robert Powers says the utility is going to be 'fairly aggressive that the rules won’t work as constructed at the moment.'
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Coal

AEP exec: EPA’s carbon plan ‘just not going to happen and something needs to give’

BOSTON, MASS — “The U.S. EPA’s proposed carbon rule has attracted hundreds of thousands of public comments, leading the agency Tuesday to extend its commenting deadline by 45 days, to Dec. 1. That might give American Electric Power Company Inc. more time to hone its argument against the rules. ‘We’re […]

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Barack Obama’s record in Appalachian and coal mining communities is up for debate five years after his administration took ‘unprecedented steps’ to protect the environment from the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining. The Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior […]

A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Poll: Most Ohioans say “no” to coal plant bailouts

COLUMBUS — “The utility companies say the proposal would stabilize rates for customers, but Fisher and others argue it would keep electric bills higher than they should be and prevent Ohio from reducing dangerous emissions of carbon, soot, smog and mercury pollution. As they conduct door-to-door canvases educating Ohioans about […]