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Double your impact for Earth Day
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Double your impact for Earth Day

Your contribution helps us to cut pollution from using coal for energy by combining your power as a member with tens of thousands of others. This strength-in-numbers strategy works to hold politicians and polluters accountable to people. Thank you. By supporting Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund through this special Earth […]

Terry Shelton, director of environmental services for Eden, explains the treatment process at Eden’s drinking-water plant. Photo: Gabe Rivin
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Coal waste may cause carcinogen spikes in drinking water

An investigation by North Carolina Health News finds water-quality issues from coal waste in municipalities near a Duke Energy coal plant outside of Eden. EDEN, NC — “[Terry] Shelton is the director of environmental services for the city of Eden, in Rockingham County, which draws its drinking water from the […]

Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO decries ‘war on coal’ in U.S. Chamber of Commerce speech

WASHINGTON, DC — “Government interference in the electricity marketplace is stifling the growth and use of electricity and picking winners and losers, FirstEnergy Corp. President and CEO Anthony J. Alexander told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Alexander, who since 2004 has headed the Akron-based utility that serves […]

AMP-Ohio Utility Headquarters Overtaken by Earth First! in July 2008. photo: Columbus Indymedia Center
AMP / Coal / Energy

AMP loses case seeking millions from power-plant contractor

AMP sued Bechtel for $97 million in connection with Meigs County plant that was never built COLUMBUS — “A federal court judge has rejected American Municipal Power’s attempt to force a contractor to pay up to $97 million for costs related to a southeastern Ohio power plant that never got […]

When a chemical leaked at a facility in Charleston, West Virginia, lawmakers at the State Capitol were close enough to smell it. Photo Illustration by Spruce.
Coal / Energy

Chemical Valley: The coal industry, the politicians, and the big spill

CHARLESTON, WV — “MCHM—4-methylcyclohexane methanol—is part of a chemical bath that the mining industry uses to wash clay and rock from coal before it is burned. There are more than eighty thousand chemicals available for use in America, but, unless they are expected to be consumed, their effects on humans […]

Save lives. Kill coal.
Coal

Save lives. Kill coal.

What are the chances?  Here we are, about to observe another Earth Day and we’ve had more environmental headlines this year than seems possible: West Virginia chemical spill casts spotlight on loose regulation – CNN.com. 300K lack water in Southern W.Va -Charleston Gazette 82,000 Tons of Coal Ash Spill from […]

To the Editor: Students want BGSU to transition to cleaner energy
Coal / Energy

To the Editor: Students want BGSU to transition to cleaner energy

BOWLING GREEN — “Bowling Green State University inherits its energy from the American Municipal Power (AMP) annually. The energy they receive is coal and natural gas. In 2004, BGSU installed a natural gas plant within the community of Bowling Green. Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, the university’s president, signed the ‘American […]

Failing to identify obvious structural deficiencies in the Cape Fear dam, DENR also failed to disclose other potentially serious problems. Above, the crack in the dam, as well as a large bulge in the wall of the impoundment threatens to topple the discharge pipe.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy says it will move coal ash in response to spill

RALEIGH, NC — “Duke Energy Corp said on Wednesday it will move coal ash from three plants and speed up the closure of an additional basin as the company comes under increased scrutiny after a massive spill in North Carolina contaminated a river used for drinking water. In a letter […]

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 […]