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Roadmaps to new power: Interview with Rory McIlmoil, “Tesla of the coalfields” on green jobs
Coal / Energy

Roadmaps to new power: Interview with Rory McIlmoil, “Tesla of the coalfields” on green jobs

MORGANTOWN, WV — “Is the EPA destroying the coalfield economies? Will good green jobs come to the coalfields? Ask Rory. Or, as GOP members of the US House Commerce and Energy and their Big Coal-bankrolled colleagues continue their wildly misinformed banter this week on the economic impact of the EPA’s […]

‘Angry and stunned’: AMP abandons Meigs project
AMP / Coal / FirstEnergy

‘Angry and stunned’: AMP abandons Meigs project

COLUMBUS — “American Municipal Power has announced its abandoning plans to develop its Letart Falls site in Meigs County into a natural gas combined-cycle generation plant in favor of buying one in Fremont, Ohio. In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, AMP announced it has entered into a non-binding memorandum […]

$15M offered to allow ash site
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

$15M offered to allow ash site

Beaver County town gets overture from FirstEnergy PITTSBURGH, PA — “FirstEnergy Corp. has offered Greene Township $15 million to embrace plans for a new 264-acre coal-ash disposal impoundment in the Beaver County community, adjacent to its almost full, 1,000-acre Little Blue ash disposal site. It’s an offer the township is […]

Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Two southwestern Pennsylvania fly ash disposal sites are among 28 such sites in 17 states that have contaminated groundwater by leaking toxic, cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, according to a new report by Earthjustice and two other environmental groups… The report released Tuesday calls for tighter drinking water limits […]

Southeast Side leaders to air concerns on coal gasification plant
Coal / Energy

Southeast Side leaders to air concerns on coal gasification plant

Meeting on Thursday will address proposed synthetic-gas facility CHICAGO — “Southeast Side community leaders, angry that they were not asked to weigh in on a proposed plant that would turn coal into synthetic gas, have called a meeting Thursday to discuss the project’s environmental and economic impacts. ‘Since there was […]

Cost of electric power report: Enormous health and water impacts of coal and nuclear power “hidden” from consumers
Coal / Energy

Cost of electric power report: Enormous health and water impacts of coal and nuclear power “hidden” from consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C —”The new report, “Benefits of Beyond Business as Usual,” explains that the existing coal-fired electric power fleet is responsible for: • Between 8,000 and 34,000 premature deaths from inhaling fine particulate matter from coal combustion, at a cost to society of $64 to $272 billion — up to […]

Study: Mercury pollution concentrated in four states
Coal / Energy

Study: Mercury pollution concentrated in four states

BOSTON, MA — “Power plants in four states—Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia—cause more than 35% of all mercury pollution from U.S. power plants, an environmental group reports Wednesday. The nation’s 451 power plants dumped 134,365 pounds of mercury into the air and water in 2009, and 28% of the […]

Is Duke Energy leaving Ohio?
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Is Duke Energy leaving Ohio?

RALEIGH, NC — In a January 11 article on Duke Energy’s purchase of Progress Energy, Raleigh News & Observer reporter Bruce Henderson noted the following: Purchasing Progress, which allows Duke to move into Florida, might also be a way for Duke to dilute Ohio’s importance in its portfolio, said Brian […]

Analysis: Merged Duke-Progress seeks strategy beyond coal
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Analysis: Merged Duke-Progress seeks strategy beyond coal

NEW YORK — “Duke Energy’s (DUK.N) $13.7 billion deal to buy Progress Energy (PGN.N) may allow the combined company to make better use of its aging coal-fired power plants as it seeks to boost generation from natural gas, renewables and nuclear. Both companies rely heavily on coal-fired plants, which comprise […]

Coal / FirstEnergy

Video: Problems at FirstEnergy’s Bay Shore Power Plant

The Western Lake Erie Waterkeepers and Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund released Ripples of a River, a video detailing problems with air pollution and fish kills at FirstEnergy’s Bay Shore coal power plant.  The power plant kills 46 million fish that are caught against the power plant intake screens (known […]