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Minor slurry spill reported in Martin County, Kentucky
Coal

Minor slurry spill reported in Martin County, Kentucky

MARTIN COUNTY, KY — “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says a slurry spill has been reported along Coldwater Branch, which is also Route 908. Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that the spill was reported between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Tuesday. They say Martin County Coal contacted the Kentucky Environmental Protection Agency […]

Massey changes executives’ severance formula
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Massey changes executives’ severance formula

CHARLESTON, WV — “Massey Energy says it’s changed the way it would pay severance packages for several top executives if the Richmond, Va.-based coal company is sold. Massey says in a regulatory filing that Chief Executive Don Blankenship and three others would receive fixed lump sum cash payments under a […]

Not defending EPA
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Not defending EPA

Rahall says he’s not defending the EPA BECKLEY, WV — “Some 200 members of the House proposed legislation to abolish the method, but it went to the Roads and Transportation Committee, where Rahall is vice chairman. ‘I blocked it,’ he said. ‘I kept it from even having a hearing on […]

Ohio EPA tries to clarify 
SunCoke 
permits
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio EPA tries to clarify 
SunCoke 
permits

The company can only use its new permit to construct $360 million coke plant in Middletown, agency says. MIDDLETOWN — “While SunCoke Energy may be on its second air permit for its $360 million coke plant, only one of them is valid. The company received a second, more stringent New […]

How to win
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Research & Reports

How to win

Our Good Neighbor Campaign Handbook was published in 2006, and is available on Amazon and the other major on-line booksellers. It is a 168-page guide to how to win the kind of anti-pollution campaigns we have been waging in Ohio and elsewhere. The chapters were written by people who have […]

Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

The arithmetic shows coal-to-liquid refineries can’t make U.S. more energy independent

COLUMBUS — “Baard Energy says its proposed coal-to-liquid refinery for Wellsville will help the United States become more more energy independent. Sounds great, but the arithmetic doesn’t work. Let’s start at the refinery level. Typically, for every one ton of coal fed into a refinery using this technology, two barrels […]

Report: Mountaintop-removal damage outlives ‘reclamation’
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Report: Mountaintop-removal damage outlives ‘reclamation’

CHARLESTON, WV — “Mountaintop-removal mining continues to damage the environment long after regulators sign off that mine sites have been properly reclaimed, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. GAO investigators found that mountaintop removal damages water quality, reforestation efforts need improvement, and mine operators often […]

Baard Energy wants to build an “Ohio River Clean Fuels Coal-To-Liquids Facility” in Wellsville. What is that? What would it look like?
Baard Energy / Coal / Research & Reports

Baard Energy wants to build an “Ohio River Clean Fuels Coal-To-Liquids Facility” in Wellsville. What is that? What would it look like?

COLUMBUS — “It would help neighbors in Wellsville and the surrounding area to know what a plant like Baard Energy wants to build looks like in real life. Here is one, in Secunda, South Africa, that uses the same technology Baard plans to use. If this looks like a refinery, […]

Citizens urge neighbors and public to tell EPA to overhaul Hilton-Davis cleanup plan
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Citizens urge neighbors and public to tell EPA to overhaul Hilton-Davis cleanup plan

CINCINNATI — “Neighbors of the former Hilton-Davis plant in Pleasant Ridge are reaching out to their community and the public to influence the final stage of cleanup of the long polluted site. On Thursday, February 25, the Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to accept comment on proposed remediation […]

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The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund, formerly the Citizens Policy Center, is the non-profit education and research affiliate of Ohio Citizen Action. It is led by Executive Director Rachael Belz. The Education Fund has issued 240 reports, studies, and other publications.