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U.S. EPA director Gina McCarthy’s proposal would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels within 16 years.
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Ohio agencies oppose U.S. plan for power-plant carbon cuts

COLUMBUS — “Target reductions vary across the country; in Ohio, the proposed federal goal would cut carbon emissions by 28 percent from 2005 levels. At the time of the announcement, Ohio’s power plants already had cut their greenhouse-gas emissions by 16.5 percent from 2005 levels, the U.S. Energy Information Administration […]

First responders need data quickly
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

First responders need data quickly

COLUMBUS — “Emergency responders, especially, need to know about what they might be facing when fighting a fire or cleaning up a spill. A 1986 federal law, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, requires such disclosure. In Ohio, environmental advocates and state officials are arguing about how best to […]

Five years on, millions in costs from AMP’s cancelled coal plant still hang over towns and cities
AMP / Coal / Energy

Five years on, millions in costs from AMP’s cancelled coal plant still hang over towns and cities

CLEVELAND — “Original estimates put construction expenses at $1.5 billion, but that price had more than doubled by the fall of 2009, to almost $3.5 billion. The member communities that had agreed to take part in the deal, much to their detriment, had signed 50-year  take-or-pay contracts in 2007 and […]

bill approved by the Ohio House last week makes changes to how oil and gas drillers report hazardous chemicals to emergency planners and first responders. (Joshua Gunter/ The Plain Dealer)
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Chemical reporting bill controversial

Changes would block public access to database COLUMBUS — “Environmental activists said the bill would hurt first responders’ ability to do their jobs while giving more power to ODNR. ‘No other chemical-intensive industry in the state gets a pass like this,’ Melissa English, development director for Ohio Citizen Action, said […]

The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Ohio’s three biggest electricity providers are asking the state to approve a bailout plan that would force Ohioans to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in extra charges to keep some of the nation’s oldest, dirtiest, and least efficient power plants operating. If the proposals are approved, […]

Debate over Kasich administration’s Green Energy Report
Energy

Debate over Kasich administration’s Green Energy Report

COLUMBUS — “Democratic Representatives Mike Foley of Cleveland and Dan Ramos of Lorain are crying foul after learning about a year-old report on the status of the advanced energy industry in Ohio. The report was commissioned by the Ohio Development Services Agency—or DSA—part of Gov. John Kasich’s administration. It was […]

This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them

DUKEVILLE, NC — “Today, most of the trees sticking out of the pond next to Sherry’s backyard are branchless and leafless, hacked off at the top like broken matchsticks. And the pond is actually a waste pit, storing six million tons of coal ash — a byproduct from coal-burning at […]

Authorities responding to a fire at this fracking well in Monroe County in June couldn’t get to the site’s list of chemicals for days.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Bill alters reporting of fracking chemicals in Ohio

COLUMBUS — The bill would change how Ohio deals with the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, enacted almost 30 years ago to keep residents and emergency responders informed about the hazardous chemicals in their backyards. Congress passed the act in 1986, in direct response to a 1984 chemical […]

Ohio activists oppose disclosure provisions of H.B. 490
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Ohio activists oppose disclosure provisions of H.B. 490

COLUMBUS — “HB 490 is sponsored by Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), who represents a large portion of Ohio’s shale country and received significant funding for his re-election campaign from oil and gas interests. An earlier version of the bill included language to repeal the oil and gas reporting exemption, but […]

Kasich should urge Senate to purge toxic amendments in grab-bag House bill: editorial
Hydraulic Fracturing

Kasich should urge Senate to purge toxic amendments in grab-bag House bill: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Republican Gov. John Kasich – pumped from a re-election rout and rumors of a White House run – needs to exercise his political muscle and pull the plug on an industry-driven, water-withdrawal amendment that could condemn Lake Erie to death by a thousand straws. Substitute House Bill 490 […]