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Judge upholds city curfew for solicitors
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Judge upholds city curfew for solicitors

But he rules against Englewood’s licensing requirements in its ordinance ENGLEWOOD — “A federal judge last week upheld the city’s 6 p.m. curfew on solicitors. ‘We are thrilled to win, that he supported a 6 o’clock curfew,’ City Manager Eric Smith said of U.S. District Judge Walker Rice’s Feb. 16 […]

Another Massey coal slurry spill in Martin County
Coal

Another Massey coal slurry spill in Martin County

“This morning Kentuckians for the Commonwealth member Mickey McCoy, a resident of Martin County, discovered that a stream near his home, the Coldwater Fork, was running gray and black from a slurry spill at a coal processing facility owned by Massey Energy. These types of spills threaten the health of […]

SunCoke fight still on for Monroe; citizens asking why
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SunCoke fight still on for Monroe; citizens asking why

MONROE — Some Monroe residents are questioning why the city is continuing its fight against SunCoke Energy… Larry Keith of Trenton said jobs are vital to every community. ‘I understand their environmental concerns, but every city needs commerce… People have got to have jobs. There’s just no way around it. […]

Minor slurry spill reported in Martin County, Kentucky
Coal

Minor slurry spill reported in Martin County, Kentucky

MARTIN COUNTY, KY — “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says a slurry spill has been reported along Coldwater Branch, which is also Route 908. Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that the spill was reported between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Tuesday. They say Martin County Coal contacted the Kentucky Environmental Protection Agency […]

Massey changes executives’ severance formula
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Massey changes executives’ severance formula

CHARLESTON, WV — “Massey Energy says it’s changed the way it would pay severance packages for several top executives if the Richmond, Va.-based coal company is sold. Massey says in a regulatory filing that Chief Executive Don Blankenship and three others would receive fixed lump sum cash payments under a […]

Not defending EPA
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Not defending EPA

Rahall says he’s not defending the EPA BECKLEY, WV — “Some 200 members of the House proposed legislation to abolish the method, but it went to the Roads and Transportation Committee, where Rahall is vice chairman. ‘I blocked it,’ he said. ‘I kept it from even having a hearing on […]

Ohio EPA tries to clarify 
SunCoke 
permits
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio EPA tries to clarify 
SunCoke 
permits

The company can only use its new permit to construct $360 million coke plant in Middletown, agency says. MIDDLETOWN — “While SunCoke Energy may be on its second air permit for its $360 million coke plant, only one of them is valid. The company received a second, more stringent New […]

How to win
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Research & Reports

How to win

Our Good Neighbor Campaign Handbook was published in 2006, and is available on Amazon and the other major on-line booksellers. It is a 168-page guide to how to win the kind of anti-pollution campaigns we have been waging in Ohio and elsewhere. The chapters were written by people who have […]

Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

The arithmetic shows coal-to-liquid refineries can’t make U.S. more energy independent

COLUMBUS — “Baard Energy says its proposed coal-to-liquid refinery for Wellsville will help the United States become more more energy independent. Sounds great, but the arithmetic doesn’t work. Let’s start at the refinery level. Typically, for every one ton of coal fed into a refinery using this technology, two barrels […]

Report: Mountaintop-removal damage outlives ‘reclamation’
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Report: Mountaintop-removal damage outlives ‘reclamation’

CHARLESTON, WV — “Mountaintop-removal mining continues to damage the environment long after regulators sign off that mine sites have been properly reclaimed, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. GAO investigators found that mountaintop removal damages water quality, reforestation efforts need improvement, and mine operators often […]