Energy

PUCO chairman Schriber to retire more than three years before his term expires
Energy

PUCO chairman Schriber to retire more than three years before his term expires

CLEVELAND — “The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio said he is retiring, nearly 3½ years before his term expires. Alan Schriber said leading the five-member board of the energy and commercial transportation regulator for 12 years is enough. ‘I have been considering this move for many months, […]

New reactor head for Davis-Besse
FirstEnergy

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
FirstEnergy

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?
FirstEnergy

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
FirstEnergy

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. […]

FirstEnergy

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
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

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
FirstEnergy

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?
FirstEnergy

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 […]