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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
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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. […]

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NRC stalls key repairs for 32 years

TOLEDO — “Imagine driving around in a car with an air bag you know is probably defective. The car runs fine. Its brakes work. Its seat belts snap in place. Is it worth putting off repairs to one of your last lines of defense? Apparently the nuclear industry believes so. […]

Anti-coal ash group testifies at EPA hearing
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Anti-coal ash group testifies at EPA hearing

PITTSBURGH, PA — “As the last of the Citizens Against Coal Ash (CACA) members boarded a bus for home Tuesday afternoon, the group erupted into cheers. About 20 residents from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio made the trip to testify about the effects of coal ash from FirstEnergy Corp.’s Shippingport […]

EPA gives FirstEnergy OK to emit mercury
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EPA gives FirstEnergy OK to emit mercury

Utility also is told to begin a study of how to limit discharge sources at Lake Shore Plant in Cleveland AKRON — “The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has approved a final modified permit for mercury discharges from a FirstEnergy Corp. coal-burning power plant in Cleveland. But the Akron-based utility must […]

Is Davis-Besse fit for a 20-year license extension?
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Is Davis-Besse fit for a 20-year license extension?

TOLEDO — “Even if the utility has changed its ways, there’s still the question of just how well the plant is holding up. Metal fatigues after years of strain imposed upon it by a nuclear plant’s enormous heat and pressure. Records show Davis-Besse often is America’s hottest-operating plant. The plain […]

Reactor-head inquiry to be public-forum topic
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Reactor-head inquiry to be public-forum topic

OAK HARBOR  — “Results of the federal investigation into the rapid deterioration of Davis-Besse’s replacement head will be discussed at a public meeting here Thursday. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials who performed a special inspection at the Ottawa County nuclear plant will present their findings at what is being described by […]

FirstEnergy Corp. wants to operate Davis-Besse nuclear power plant until 2037
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FirstEnergy Corp. wants to operate Davis-Besse nuclear power plant until 2037

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Corp. wants U.S. approval to operate its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo until 2037, when it would be 60 years old. The Akron company on Monday said it had submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a 20-year license extension. Re-licensing typically takes months […]

Coal ash regulation hearings start today
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

Coal ash regulation hearings start today

HAZLETON, PA — “Barb Reed carts drinking water into her house, dissolves chlorine tablets in her toilet tank and replaces the element of her hot water heater every few years because of contamination in her well water. The water from her son’s well is even worse, containing arsenic – a […]

Environmental groups push for coal ash regulations
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

Environmental groups push for coal ash regulations

CLEVELAND — “An environmental study has identified four Ohio sites where they say coal ash dumps are contaminating groundwater with heavy metals. Ideastream’s Bill Rice reports some accuse the Ohio EPA of being negligent in failing to warn citizens of the dangers. The study by the environmental integrity project identifies […]