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Lizzy Stewart, New York Times
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

After bankruptcies, coal’s dirty legacy lives on

NEW YORK, NY — “The recent bankruptcies of the nation’s leading coal producers are the latest benchmark in the steady decline of the coal industry. The industry’s problems are also hurting consumers, who are being hit by unnecessarily high electric rates approved by regulators to keep open coal-fired power plants […]

Peabody Energy, a coal giant, seeks bankruptcy protection
Coal

Peabody Energy, a coal giant, seeks bankruptcy protection

ST LOUIS, MO — “Peabody Energy, the world’s largest publicly owned coal producer, with mines around the world from Australia to the United States, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States on Wednesday. The company was weighed down by the collapse of coal prices, increasing competition from natural gas […]

Someone got a sweet deal from utility regulators
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Someone got a sweet deal from utility regulators

  COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio handed sweet deals to FirstEnergy and American Electric Power on March 31. Or maybe, as defenders of the PUCO rulings claim, the panel handed sweet deals to customers of FirstEnergy (the Illuminating, Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison companies) and American Electric […]

Earthfest 2016 in Cleveland and Cincinnati
Ohio Citizen Action

Earthfest 2016 in Cleveland and Cincinnati

CLEVELAND — Visit Ohio Citizen Action at Earthfest on Sunday, April 17th at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds from 10am-5pm. Earthfest 2016 is presented by Earth Day Coalition, and is the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation. Current staff and volunteers will be on hand to talk about our […]

Court vacates Blair Mountain delisting from Historic Places registry
Coal

Court vacates Blair Mountain delisting from Historic Places registry

BLAIR, WV — “A federal judge in Washington on Monday ruled that the U.S. Interior Department was wrong when it removed the site of the Blair Mountain labor battle from the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton granted a motion for summary judgment […]

Researchers suggest those who regularly eat small-mouth bass from Lake Erie limit consumption to no more than a couple of fish a month.
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Toxic chemicals on rise in Lake Erie fish, scientists say

BUFFALO, NY —”Flame-retardant chemicals could show up in greater concentrations in Lake Erie’s small-mouth bass, and scientists say an invasive species could be to blame. Researchers at the State University of New York-Buffalo found that concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are likely to increase by nearly 50 percent […]

University of Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame inducts Ohio Citizen Action alumni Merrill Goozner
Ohio Citizen Action

University of Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame inducts Ohio Citizen Action alumni Merrill Goozner

CINCINNATI — Merrill Goozner, who took a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of  Cincinnati in 1975, was honored by induction into the school’s Journalism Hall of Fame. His  prolific career includes several posts at The Chicago Tribune and  a stint as Senior Correspondent at Washington D.C. based Fiscal Times. […]

FOR DECADES 3M was the primary producer of C8, or PFOA, and was the sole producer of a related chemical known as PFOS.
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Lawsuits charge that 3M knew about the dangers of Its chemicals

ST PAUL, MN— “Based on the company’s own research, the complaint argues, 3M ‘knew or should have known’ that PFCs harm human health and the environment and that the chemicals would leach from their disposal sites into and “result in injury, destruction, and loss of natural resources of the State.” […]

Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?
Ohio's Clean Energy Future

Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?

Ohio stands at a crossroads about its energy future. As ratepayers and citizens we need to speak out now.  In 2014, our state legislature passed a law putting a two year freeze on our clean energy standards. We need to get Ohio back on track to an efficient and clean […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Round 1 ends, but battle looms for FirstEnergy

Following favorable decision from utilities commission, the Akron company might be an underdog in the next bout AKRON — “FirstEnergy’s 18-month slugfest in front of the PUCO was brutal, and no doubt costly in terms of public relations, advertising and lobbying. It also might have just been a warm-up for […]