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New leader looks to fire up Sierra Club
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

New leader looks to fire up Sierra Club

ALAMEDA, CA — “Also at the top of Brune’s first-year hit list is bringing an end to the coal industry’s ‘mountaintop removal’ mining practices. Mountaintop removal, which occurs mostly in the Appalachian states, involves using an explosive charge to remove the top 300 or 400 feet of a mountain to […]

Ohio Constitution too easy to alter, some lawmakers say
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Ohio Constitution too easy to alter, some lawmakers say

COLUMBUS — “Recent changes to the state constitution — and the threat of further alterations this year — have some state lawmakers worried that it’s too easy to mold Ohio’s most important legal document around special interests… But Catherine Turcer, of the government watchdog group Ohio Citizen Action, said the […]

East Liverpool board requests health testing for school children
Good Neighbor Campaigns

East Liverpool board requests health testing for school children

EAST LIVERPOOL — “By a 3-2 vote Thursday, the East Liverpool Board of Education formally asked that ‘hair metal level tests’ and ‘follow-up neuropsychological tests’ be conducted on school aged children within the district. The program would be voluntary and conducted by some state or federal agency that wasn’t named […]

AMP / Coal

AMP: Meigs County site not prepped for natural gas

LETART FALLS — “Even if American Municipal Power decides to proceed with a natural gas-fired power plant for its Letart Falls site in Meigs County, there is no natural gas pipeline in the area. Kent Carson, senior communications director for AMP said no decision has been made concerning placement of […]

What is the problem with the Baard Energy coal refinery?
Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

What is the problem with the Baard Energy coal refinery?

The Baard Energy Company of Vancouver, Washington, wants to build a $6.8 billion coal refinery in Wellsville, on the Ohio River. The last thing Ohio needs is another expensive, polluting coal plant Baard Energy calls its plant the “Ohio River Clean Fuels Coal-To-Liquids Facility.” That’s misleading: there’s nothing clean about […]

Mountains rally gets celebrity support
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Mountains rally gets celebrity support

RANKFORT, KY — “In an interview, Dave Moss, vice president for the Kentucky Coal Association, said he did not understand why any legislators would back a Stream Saver bill now, following an agreement reached in January on new mining practices. State and federal officials have promised the new methods would […]

Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Amazing Video: Coal miners join historic rallies to end mountaintop removal

FRANKFURT, KY — “In a symbolic bond between the Appalachian states of Kentucky and Virginia, coal miners and coalfield residents will rally with statewide citizens groups in both state capitals on February 11th, as historic ‘stream saver’ bills are introduced in special hearings to stop the illegal dumping of mountaintop […]

Gov. Strickland, in picking Lesser, fills powerful PUCO seat with safe, insider candidate
Energy

Gov. Strickland, in picking Lesser, fills powerful PUCO seat with safe, insider candidate

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, on Monday, appointed Steven Lesser as a commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for a five-year term beginning April 11, 2010 and expiring April 10, 2015, according to a media release. Lesser, a resident of the small but affluent city of Bexley […]

Editorial: Polluters of all sizes should be treated same
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Editorial: Polluters of all sizes should be treated same

WILLOUGHBY — “When it comes to doing business, everyone prefers — and respects having — a level playing field. And in Ohio, it appears as though the playing field may soon be leveled with regard to businesses and air pollution. A federal judge ruled last week that Ohio environmental regulators […]

SunCoke gets final permit, can start construction
Good Neighbor Campaigns

SunCoke gets final permit, can start construction

MIDDLETOWN — “SunCoke Energy now has its air permit to build a $360 million coke oven facility in Middletown, and can begin construction immediately, according to state officials… The SunCoke plant, set to be built on a 157-acre plot off Yankee Road in Middletown, was plagued with myriad issues since […]