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The hazardous-waste incinerator in East Liverpool is about 175 miles east of Columbus.
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EPA: East Liverpool incinerator released dangerous toxins into air

EAST LIVERPOOL — “A hazardous-waste incinerator in eastern Ohio repeatedly allowed toxins to contaminate the air over the past four years, exposing nearby residents to chemicals that can cause cancer, spontaneous abortions and early death, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The operators of the Heritage Thermal Services incinerator […]

Dick Munson is EDF's Director, Midwest Clean Energy.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy will raise rates to recoup bad bets on coal

NEW YORK, NY — “…Since the 2012 closure announcement, FirstEnergy was allowed to collect up to $300 million a month with the assumption these units generated power all the time. But they didn’t run continuously. Finally, FirstEnergy spent millions of dollars to build new transmission lines along the Ohio River. […]

FirstEnergy making push for new plan, opponents dub it a coal plant bailout
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy making push for new plan, opponents dub it a coal plant bailout

COLUMBUS — “AEP tried it. Duke Energy tried. And now FirstEnergy is taking a swing at what’s known as a Power Purchase Agreement. This is a plan to pass part of the costs of operating power plants on to the ratepayers. The proposal would impact the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in […]

Under a consent order with the DEP, FirstEnergy must close the 1,900-acre the Little Blue Run ash disposal site at the end of next year.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy seeks sites to dump coal ash

Two areas eyed but aren’t nearby AKRON — “FirstEnergy Generation LLC must close the biggest coal ash disposal site in the nation, Little Blue Run in Beaver County, by the end of 2016 and is looking for places to dump the 2.5 million tons of ash produced each year by […]

Ohio House members passed a bill in March that critics argue makes it easier for private property owners to drill for oil and gas under the Cleveland Metroparks and other regional park systems. The Ohio Senate will consider the bill this summer.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Lawmakers betray public park supporters in oil and gas drilling bill

CLEVELAND — “If you love your regional park system, you should be upset by House Bill 8. The bill, passed in March, could compel your park system – including the Cleveland Metroparks – to let others drill for oil and gas under park land. The bill takes the power out […]

No one seems to know who — or what — is poisoning North Carolina drinking water supplies
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

No one seems to know who — or what — is poisoning North Carolina drinking water supplies

RALEIGH, NC — “What seems like a clear case of an energy company polluting people’s drinking wells in North Carolina is actually much more complicated, thanks to the state’s rock formations. Last week, North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sent another round of letters to residents living near the 32 […]

A haze of smog covers Over-the-Rhine looking southeast from Fairview Park in July 2010.

Not all good news on air quality

CINCINNATI — “I’m glad to know that Cincinnati’s air quality has improved, in terms of ozone pollution (“More local lung news: Our air is getting better” May 4) We should celebrate a decline from 15th to 23rd worst in the American Lung Association’s estimation. Your story, however, omits the fact […]

Combined heat and power systems capture waste energy so that one fuel source can provide both heat and electricity. Courtesy of Caterpillar Inc.

In Ohio, energy-saving upgrades hampered by ‘freeze’

COLUMBUS — “Ohio continues to have a huge untapped potential for combined heat and power, or CHP — a clean energy technology that could save customers money and improve the state’s electric security while capitalizing on the current shale gas boom. However, a ‘freeze’ in the state’s clean energy standards […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant might not survive, says FirstEnergy, unless its gets special treatment from the PUCO.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Davis-Besse remains shut down after steam leak

OAK HARBOR — “Davis-Besse nuclear power plant remains shut down today after a steam leak Saturday night. FirstEnergy Corp. shut down the power plant and declared the lowest level emergency in response to the steam leak, which came from the nonradioactive portion of the plant and does not involve the nuclear […]

A power surge at Daniel George’s home in Forest, Ohio, damaged his stove, other appliances, furnace and television.

Ohio consumers face difficulties filing complaints against utilities

In complaints against the industry, customers face daunting process to seek resolution COLUMBUS —”If you are an Ohio consumer filing a complaint against a utility company, get ready for a long battle, and be prepared to lose. …The PUCO has ruled in favor of consumers just four times in that […]