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Graphic shows number of sites removed from EPA’s National Priorities List of contaminated sites since 2001.
EPA / Right-to-Know

Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency is touting cleanups at seven of the nation’s most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in the Trump administration’s effort to reduce the number of Superfund sites, even though records show the physical work was completed before President Donald Trump took office. …Records show […]

As Ohio moves away from coal, carbon emissions continue to fall
Air Quality / Coal / Energy

As Ohio moves away from coal, carbon emissions continue to fall

CLEVELAND — “While the state is still a major polluter, Ohio’s shift away from coal has led to a significant reduction in carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions from Ohio’s energy sector fell by 50 million metric tons from 2005 to 2015, according to data recently released by the Energy Information Administration. What happened […]

Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects
Air Quality

Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects

COLUMBUS — “Women who breathe polluted air during the month right before or after they get pregnant may be more likely to have babies with birth defects, a U.S. recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on birth defects for almost 290,000 infants born in Ohio from 2006 to 2010, matching […]

Clean Energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Clean Energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology

President Trump rolled out the antiquated arguments about why clean energy was too expensive and a threat to the grid. But markets and policies mostly ignored him. WASHINGTON, DC — “As President Donald Trump moved to roll back environmental protections and foster a boom in fossil fuel energy production, his administration effectively abandoned […]

How corporations ‘bypassed the politics’ to lead on clean energy in 2017
Energy / Renewable Energy

How corporations ‘bypassed the politics’ to lead on clean energy in 2017

From mega wind purchases to rooftop solar arrays to electric truck orders, companies of all sizes are stepping up to act on climate WASHINGTON, DC — “When President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord attention quickly turned to corporate America. Would business leaders forge ahead in the fight […]

Albert Kelly would become a senior adviser in the federal environmental agency despite having no previous experience with environmental issues.
EPA

Banned from the banking industry for life, a Scott Pruitt friend finds a new home at the EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency has tasked a banker who was banned from the banking industry for life with oversight of the nation’s Superfund program. In May, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation fined Oklahoma banker Albert Kelly $125,000. According to a consent order, which The Intercept obtained through the Freedom of […]

Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest
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Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest

NEW YORK, NY — “Eight northeastern states said on Tuesday they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to impose more stringent controls on a group of mostly Midwestern states whose air pollution they claim is being blown in their direction. In the latest development of a legal saga […]

Denver-based SunShare switched on projects in Montrose and Waverly, Minn., pictured, in the past two weeks. Both serve residential customers (credit: SunShare).
Solar Energy

Minnesota’s solar garden program takes off in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — “Minnesota’s Community Solar Garden program, once mired in delays, has grown sixfold in 2017, adding enough electricity to power about 32,000 homes. The state-mandated solar garden program, which covers Xcel Energy’s Minnesota territory, has 58 projects online, up from about 10 a year ago. Those solar gardens […]

Latest wind bill deserves closer look: editorial
Wind Energy

Latest wind bill deserves closer look: editorial

FINDLAY — “For several years before his resignation from the Ohio Senate, Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, had pushed hard to create wind-energy opportunities for the state. Wind has not always been a popular GOP cause, but Hite’s advocacy was based, in part, on the fact that his district included favorable locations […]

Letter to the editor: Electricity rule would cost Ohioans
Energy

Letter to the editor: Electricity rule would cost Ohioans

COLUMBUS — “As Ohioans look forward to the holidays, surely the last thing they want to learn is that Washington is weighing a proposal that could hike their electricity bills. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering a new policy that would increase electric bills by up to 10 […]