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Coal use for U.S. electricity drops to 44.6% in 2009
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Coal use for U.S. electricity drops to 44.6% in 2009

COLUMBUS — In 2009, the proportion of U.S. electricity fueled by coal dropped to 44.6 %, according to the latest U.S. Department of Energy statistics. In 1995, coal fueled 50.9% of U.S. electricity. It rose to 53% in 1997, before beginning its long decline. The transition from coal, then, has […]

C8 detected in the Ohio River at Cincinnati
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C8 detected in the Ohio River at Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — “In response to elevated levels of C8 detected in the Ohio River at Cincinnati, the US EPA is asking DuPont to perform additional testing to determine more about how the manmade substance travels. The EPA is trying to learn how DuPont’s C8, also known as PFOA or perfluorooctanoic […]

Baard Energy asks State for $4.8 billion in financing for proposed coal refinery
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Baard Energy asks State for $4.8 billion in financing for proposed coal refinery

COLUMBUS — On February 12, 2010, Baard Energy applied to the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) for $4.8 billion in financing for its proposed coal refinery in Wellsville, according to documents obtained yesterday by Ohio Citizen Action. On December 12, 2006, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority had approved an Inducement Resolution agreeing to issue […]

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Oklahoma residents invite Cass Sunstein to visit community plagued by coal ash

CLEVELAND — Tim Tanksley, a resident of Bokoshe, Oklahoma today added his voice to others around the nation who have invited Cass Sunstein, an administrator with the  U.S. Office of Budget and Management  to view the damage caused by coal ash dumped in his community at a landfill which is named “Making Money Having […]

Even the cows have cancer: EPA weighs tougher regulation of toxic coal ash
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Even the cows have cancer: EPA weighs tougher regulation of toxic coal ash

NEW YORK, NY — “Elisa Young says she has lost at least six neighbors to cancer in the last ten years. ‘I’ve lost neighbors to lung cancer who have never smoked,” she said. “I’ve lost them to brain cancer, breast, throat, colon, multiple myeloma, pre-leukemia. When my son, who’s in […]

Davis-Besse nuclear plant closed, repairs planned
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Davis-Besse nuclear plant closed, repairs planned

TOLEDO — “Tests are underway at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant after more than a dozen cracks were found in reactor head nozzles. As of right now, cracks have been found in 14 of the plant’s 69 nozzles, and the repair work won’t get underway until tests wrap up later […]

Coal ash delay silences the voice of the little guy
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Coal ash delay silences the voice of the little guy

WASHINGTON, DC — “A citizen advocacy group is asking the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to take a closer look at the environmental and human health impacts of coal ash – a toxic byproduct of coal combustion often precariously stored in outdoor retention ponds. The request […]

AK wants to use device to remove pollution from Dick’s Creek, Monroe Ditch
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AK wants to use device to remove pollution from Dick’s Creek, Monroe Ditch

MIDDLETOWN — “AK Steel is seeking a permit to use an air stripper to assist with the cleanup of Dick’s Creek and Monroe Ditch. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold an information session and public meeting later this month to discuss the air stripper, which would be used to […]

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Davis-Besse tests find more cracks in nozzles

OAK HARBOR — “Ultrasonic tests completed Sunday night show 12 of the 69 nozzles on top of Davis-Besse’s reactor head developed some sort of crack, eight more than previously known. Those 12 are among 14 that FirstEnergy Corp. identified last week as having suspicious flaws or indications of a crack […]

Baard coal refinery: Does the United States need more refinery capacity?
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Baard coal refinery: Does the United States need more refinery capacity?

COLUMBUS — At the end of December, 2009, the United States had 833,000 barrels a day of idle refinery capacity. That means the refineries we already have could be processing 833,000 barrels more than they do now. They are idle because U.S. consumption of gasoline and jet fuel is declining. […]