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The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio (Credit: Analog Kid / Creative Commons).
Coal / Energy

Federal moves unlikely to ‘make coal great again,’ experts say at Ohio panel

CLEVELAND — “The Trump administration’s shifts in energy and environmental policy likely won’t change the downward trajectory of America’s coal sector, industry experts reported at a panel in Cleveland this week. The program at Case Western Reserve University delved into reasons why the United States’ coal industry has declined and […]

(Michael Dourson, nominated by President Donald Trump to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety programs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 14, 2017. Credit: Al Drago/The New York Times/Redux)
Environmental Justice / EPA

Trump’s pick for EPA Safety Chief argued kids are less sensitive to toxins

NEW YORK, NY — “Michael Dourson, the toxicologist who will be the subject of a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for what many consider the second most powerful post at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been hired by industry to consult on at least 30 of the chemicals he may be […]

Michael Steere, Katy Morford, Sarah Savron, Jessica Smith-Szabo, Briana Edgerton, Marlena Luikart, and Anastazia Vanisko re just some of the canvassers responsible for accomplishing the goal - congratulations!
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action extends it’s reach to all 33 Ohio state senate districts

CLEVELAND — This week, Ohio Citizen Action’s field canvass celebrates a great accomplishment – recruiting members from all 33 Ohio state senate districts. The goal was set last November, after OCA Executive Director Rachael Belz testified in the senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee against extending the freeze on Ohio’s renewable […]

A potentially harmful algae bloom covered more than 700 square miles in the western basin of Lake Erie last week, turning the lake bright green and alarming residents and local officials. Source: Landsat 8
Great Lakes / Lake Erie

Miles of algae covering Lake Erie

TOLEDO — “Scientists say that algae blooms have been a growing problem for Lake Erie since the 2000s, mostly because of the extensive use of fertilizer on the region’s farmland. The algae blooms contain cyanobacteria, which, under certain conditions, can produce toxins that contaminate drinking water and cause harm to the […]

With the possibility of Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station closing next year, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.'s president and chief nuclear officer Sam Belcher talks about the options to close a nuclear power plant: decommissioning or safe store (Credit: Molly Corfman/The News-Messenger).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Efforts ramp up to save or sell Davis-Besse

OAK HARBOR — “There’s still a chance that FirstEnergy could find a willing buyer or legislative remedy for its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, which could close next year. Before the company finishes its review in 2018 and makes a decision on the Davis-Besse site, FirstEnergy is also waiting to hear soon […]

Installing a solar panel on the roof of a house in Lewisburg, W.Va. Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

What’s up in Coal Country: Alternative-energy jobs

Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia NEW YORK, NY — “From the mountain hollows of Appalachia to the vast open plains of Wyoming, the coal industry long offered the promise […]

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states
Air Quality / EPA

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

ANNAPOLIS, MD — “Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s […]

Rob Bilott, a lawyer who has spent years fighting DuPont over water contamination, received the Right Livelihood Award for his work. Credit: Courtesy photo
Good Neighbor Campaigns

C8 lawyer given ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

CINCINNATI — “A lawyer who has spent years fighting DuPont Co. over the company’s toxic C8 pollution has been named among those to receive this year’s Right Livelihood Award, an international honor that is sometimes known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’ Rob Bilott, an attorney for residents whose drinking water […]

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Ohio wrongly straitjackets wind energy development — reducing jobs and investment — because of an ill-considered and overly restrictive setback requirement slipped into Ohio law a few years back. Fortunately, lawmakers have a chance to fix that. A Republican state legislator from Northwest Ohio, Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay, has […]

FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear power plant (credit: News-Herald file photo).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio’s nuclear future uncertain, subsidies in New York, Illinois get court victories

COLUMBUS — “Bills going through the Ohio legislature that would subsidize the state’s two nuclear power plants have stalled, but similar energy credits approved in Illinois and New York have won their first round of legal battles. FirstEnergy has been lobbying for a Zero Emission Nuclear Resource Program or ‘ZEN’ […]