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Baard coal refinery: Does the United States need more refinery capacity?
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard coal refinery: Does the United States need more refinery capacity?

COLUMBUS — At the end of December, 2009, the United States had 833,000 barrels a day of idle refinery capacity. That means the refineries we already have could be processing 833,000 barrels more than they do now. They are idle because U.S. consumption of gasoline and jet fuel is declining. […]

Proposed coke plant for Toledo area clears another hurdle
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Proposed coke plant for Toledo area clears another hurdle

COLUMBUS — “An appeals panel has kept a proposed coke plant on the Toledo-Oregon border alive, dismissing appeals that could have killed a pollution permit issued by the state. The Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission issued summary judgment on Wednesday in favor of backers of the controversial FDS Coke Plant, […]

Be a good neighbour
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Be a good neighbour

Campaign aims to persuade steelmaker to cut emissions faster HAMILTON, Ontario — “Katie Stiel is taking on Big Steel in Hamilton. The recent Environment Hamilton recruit is co-ordinator of the non-profit organization’s new Good Neighbour Campaign, with the stated aim of persuading steelmaker ArcelorMittal Dofasco to cut air emissions of […]

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Rumpke fined for underground fire

COLERAIN TWP — “Rumpke Sanitary Landfill operators have agreed to pay a $98,000 civil penalty for air pollution violations resulting from elevated temperatures in landfill gas extraction wells in Colerain Township. Heather Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said the settlement also requires Rumpke officials to implement […]

South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis becomes 167th co-sponsor of bill to ban mountaintop removal ; 8th Republican.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis becomes 167th co-sponsor of bill to ban mountaintop removal ; 8th Republican.

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Bob Inglis, a 6th term Republican from South Carolina’s 4th District, has signed on to be the 167th co-sponsor, including chief sponsor Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310). The bill would effectively ban the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Inglis is the 8th. Republican to co-sponsor […]

Baard’s own estimates show coal refinery costs out of control
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard’s own estimates show coal refinery costs out of control

COLUMBUS — Baard Energy’s own estimate for the construction costs of their proposed coal refinery in Wellsville reached $6,898,587,288.81 in December, 2008, according to documents obtained under a public records request.  The figure appears on page 13 of a document submitted by the Columbiana County Port Authority to the Ohio Department of Development […]

Feds send special team to inspect Davis-Besse
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Feds send special team to inspect Davis-Besse

OAK HARBOR — “With more questions arising out of the latest situation at Davis-Besse, federal regulators announced late yesterday they have dispatched a special inspection team to the Ottawa County nuclear plant. Viktoria Mitlyng, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman, said three inspectors with highly specialized skills will join the plant’s […]

Communities plagued by toxic coal ash invite regulator to witness devastation
Coal

Communities plagued by toxic coal ash invite regulator to witness devastation

CLEVELAND — Ohio Citizen Action today urged Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to accept the invitations he is receiving to visit the homes of people in Ohio and across the country whose communities have been devastated by Toxic Coal Ash. The letters, […]

Ohio plants still pumping out mercury
Coal

Ohio plants still pumping out mercury

COLUMBUS — “While mercury emissions from power plants across the United States have decreased in recent years, the amount released at American Electric Power’s Gavin plant in southeastern Ohio more than doubled from 2007 to 2008. That puts Gavin and two other Ohio coal-fired power plants on a list of […]

Ron Ramsey’s mine canary
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Ron Ramsey’s mine canary

CHATTANOOGA, TN — “The civic travesty of so-called mountain-top removal mining, though widely used in West Virginia and in some other Appalachian states, has not yet laid waste to much of Tennessee. At the moment, just four of Tennessee’s peaks and the valleys below them are subject to utter despoliation: […]