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Filters, idling of plants cut air toxins
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Filters, idling of plants cut air toxins

COLUMBUS — “Year after year, the smoke that poured from coal-fired power plants helped make Ohio the worst state for toxic air pollution. Tougher federal pollution limits and environmental lawsuits aimed at cleaning up power plants have put the state on a crash diet. From 2005 through 2009, Ohio power […]

Eco-groups file appeal over FirstEnergy case
Coal / FirstEnergy

Eco-groups file appeal over FirstEnergy case

Coalition wants utility to install equipment to reduce fish deaths AKRON — “A coalition of national and local environmental groups has filed an appeal of an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s decision on FirstEnergy Corp.’s Bay Shore power plant near Toledo and fish kills. The Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association, the […]

Five environmental groups appeal Bay Shore permit
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Five environmental groups appeal Bay Shore permit

FirstEnergy power plant called top spot for fish kills in region TOLEDO — “Five environmental groups Friday appealed FirstEnergy Corp.’s latest permit for its Bay Shore power plant in Oregon, calling the massive fish kills there a travesty that Chris Korleski, outgoing Ohio Environmental Protection Agency director, has ‘unlawfully and […]

Davis-Besse licensing foes see need to gather now
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Davis-Besse licensing foes see need to gather now

40 speak at ‘People’s Hearing’ to take videotaped testimony TOLEDO — “The so-called “People’s Hearing” was organized in response to a pair of officially sanctioned NRC meetings the agency held on Nov. 4 at Camp Perry, the Ohio National Guard base west of Port Clinton. Activists from the Green Party, […]

Davis-Besse comments sought
Energy / FirstEnergy

Davis-Besse comments sought

Activists to collect statements on nuclear plant’s re-licensing plan TOLEDO — “Some activist groups that believe the public was underrepresented at the recent Davis-Besse re-licensing hearings have scheduled what Joe DeMare of Rossford describes as a ‘people’s hearing’ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Toledo’s Old West End. From noon […]

New reactor head for Davis-Besse
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New reactor head for Davis-Besse

CARROLL TOWNSHIP — “A new reactor head for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station arrived in Carroll Township. The massive reactor head is 17-feet across and weights more than 82 tons. It rolled through eastern Lucas County Monday afternoon. It is outfitted with new control rod nozzles made of a material […]

FirstEnergy abandons plan to burn wood, will close boilers at R.E. Burger plant
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FirstEnergy abandons plan to burn wood, will close boilers at R.E. Burger plant

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Corp. Wednesday said it has abandoned its plan to burn wood and agricultural waste at its R.E. Burger power plant on the Ohio River. Citing economic conditions the Akron company said it will close Burger’s two main boilers by the end of the year. The decision was […]

Safe at 60?
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Safe at 60?

TOLEDO — “Federal regulators are seeking public input on extending an operating license at the Davis-Besse plant in Oak Harbor by 20 years. They ought to know how nervous that prospect makes some of the plant’s neighbors. The facility has caused a number of northwest Ohioans to worry since it […]

Environmental organizations appeal First Energy’s permit to increase mercury dumping in Lake Erie
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Environmental organizations appeal First Energy’s permit to increase mercury dumping in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — Two major national environmental organizations, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club, last week appealed a water pollution permit which allows FirstEnergy’s Lake Shore power plant in Cleveland to dump more mercury into Lake Erie. FirstEnergy asked Ohio EPA to loosen restrictions on dumping the mercury, which is […]

EPA decision could jolt electrical power industry
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

EPA decision could jolt electrical power industry

GREEN TWP, PA — “The Environmental Protection Agency is now holding hearings across the country on coal ash waste. After the disastrous coal ash spill in Tennessee two years ago, the agency is considering whether to toughen regulations and classify coal-ash as ‘hazardous’ waste. Right now it’s considered ordinary garbage. […]