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Report: Chemical hazards in your backyard

Report: Chemical hazards in your backyard

Do your first responders have the information they need in an emergency? WEST, TX — “Now more than two years after the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, this report asks the question that haunted the community in the aftermath of the tragedy: why didn’t the people who arrived to help […]

Alonzo Spencer, president of the activist group Save Our County, speaks during a recent demonstration at East Liverpool’s City Hall against Heritage Thermal Services’ hazardous-waste incinerator, one of only a few in the country.
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio hazardous-waste incinerator, neighbors at odds over pollution issues

EAST LIVERPOOL — “To [Alonzo] Spencer and others who live near the facility, the EPA’s report is another piece of evidence that the incinerator, which they believe should never have been built, is poisoning the people around it. ‘We’ve been chosen for that sacrifice zone,’ Spencer said. Hazardous waste is […]

Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.    Eyematrix

Advocates press Ohio lawmakers on benefits of wind energy

COLUMBUS — “After a one-two legislative punch last year brought wind energy in Ohio to a standstill, advocates, developers and even some Republican lawmakers are pushing back, citing economic benefits. As Ohio wind energy supporters seek to ease ‘devastating’ setback limits, the industry has also joined with the Office of […]

A view of the Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Monongahela Township before it closed in October 2013. First Energy wants to use a landfill located near the power plant to store coal ash and scrubber byproducts from the Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County. Bob Niedbala/Observer-Reporter
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy / FirstEnergy

Environmental groups want state to reject FirstEnergy’s coal ash disposal plan

AKRON — “Three environmental groups are urging the state to reject FirstEnergy Generation LLC’s plan to ship coal ash produced by its Bruce Mansfield power plant in Shippingport, Beaver County,to at a now-closed ash landfill the company owns in Greene County, saying it would divert the ash from one landfill […]

DTE Energy Co.'s Monroe Power Plant stands in Monroe, Michigan, U.S., on Monday, June 30, 2014. DTE Energy's Monroe plant is the first coal-fired power plant in Michigan to use scrubbers, which reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by about 97 percent, according to a company press release. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Coal / Energy

Divesting from coal is becoming more mainstream and it’s about risk

The coal divestment movement is gaining steam as more mainstream players dump their shares NEW YORK, NY — “For a while it was just a dream of environmental activists and college student protesters. Then a handful of liberal universities, and financial institutions jumped in. And this week Norway’s $890 billion […]

EPA amends air toxics emissions standard s covering facilities that produce ferroalloys

EPA amends air toxics emissions standard s covering facilities that produce ferroalloys

WASHINGTON, DC — “On May 28, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the air toxics emissions standards covering facilities that produce ferroalloys. Ferroalloys are compounds that contain iron and other elements such as silicon, and manganese. …The estimated reductions in emissions of hazardous air pollutants (about 77 […]

Wind turbines generate electricity on a farm straddling Paulding and Van Wert counties in northwest Ohio.

Big Internet companies want Big Wind to make their electricity, even in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “The construction of ‘wind farms’ in Ohio’s rural regions was supposed to generate millions of dollars in new taxes for schools and a new cash crop in the form of lease payments to farms. But those developments were derailed a year ago when Republican lawmakers slipped last-minute language into […]

The 14 states that will have met the EPA’s 2020 benchmarks for emissions reductions based solely on prior actions and decisions.
Clean Power Plan / Coal

The surprising facts about the Clean Power Plan: Most states are already on track to meet 2020 benchmarks for reducing carbon emissions

WASHINGTON, DC — “A new analysis released today by UCS shows that most states are already making progress toward cutting carbon emissions from power plants by shifting from coal-fired power to cleaner generation sources like renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural gas. As a result of recent decisions and state […]

Coal industry fighting for survival on 7 fronts
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Coal industry fighting for survival on 7 fronts

WASHINGTON, DC — “Perhaps no industry has inflicted such widespread costs on society as coal. From debilitating black lung disease to the devastating removal of whole mountaintops, from decades of lung-scarring smog to unrestrained emissions of greenhouse gases, coal has imposed its own deadly taxation—hiding the charges under the smoky […]

This July 7, 2013, photo shows fire fighters watering smoldering rubble in Lac Megantic, Que., after a runaway train derailed causing explosions that killed 47 people and leveled the town’s business district. ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Amid fracking boom, cities fear explosive safety risk it can carry

CHICAGO, IL — “With the Windy City experiencing a 4,000 percent increase in oil-train traffic since 2008, Chicago and its many densely populated suburbs have become a focal point as Congress considers a number of safety reforms this year. Many oil trains are 100 or more cars long, carrying hydraulically […]