Post Tagged with: "air pollution"

Since 2008, coal has dropped from nearly half the U.S. power market to about 37 percent. | AP Photo
Coal / Energy

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA’s right to impose the […]

Coal is losing the war
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coal is losing the war

Yes, there’s a war on coal, but the industry’s list of enemies goes way beyond the government PITTSBURGH, PA — “There is, indeed, a war on coal going on. But while politicians and industry lobbyists tend to identify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration as coal’s chief antagonists, […]

A coal tipple lies abandoned near an closed mine site outside of Whitesburg, Ky., in June. (Joby Warrick/The Washington Post)
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes

HAZARD, KY — “The story is the same across much of the country as the EPA prepares to roll out what is arguably the biggest and most controversial environmental regulation of the Obama presidency. Under the Clean Power Plan, states will have to find ways to achieve dramatic cuts in […]

What happens after the coal plant closes?
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

What happens after the coal plant closes?

ALBRIGHT, WV — “Sometime this summer, the EPA will issue regulations that limit carbon dioxide emissions from power generation, pushing more of the country’s 400 coal-fired power plants to close. The environmental and health benefits are undeniable, and overwhelming. The economic consequences for towns like Albright, where a coal plant […]

Success story: Cleaner bluefish show effectiveness of US coal regulations, study says
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Success story: Cleaner bluefish show effectiveness of US coal regulations, study says

Large drop in bluefish mercury levels suggest fish eaters are consuming less of the toxic metal – and that U.S. reductions are working DURHAM, NC — “Mercury levels in bluefish caught off the U.S. Atlantic coast dropped more than 40 percent over the past four decades thanks to federal restrictions […]

Report finds emissions of pollutants concentrated among a few generators
AEP / Coal

Report finds emissions of pollutants concentrated among a few generators

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “The 10 largest U.S. power producers were responsible for more than one-third of emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon dioxide, according to a new report released July 14 by a coalition of utilities and the Natural Resources Defense Council. …American Electric Power Co. Inc. […]

Scrapping of mercury-pollution rule for Ohio River under fire
Coal

Scrapping of mercury-pollution rule for Ohio River under fire

Proposed elimination seen by some as threat to environment, people COLUMBUS — “A multistate commission that oversees the health of the Ohio River is considering relaxing rules on mercury pollution, which has long been considered a threat to the river and the people who eat its fish. The proposed changes […]

Clean Power Plan battle looms
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Clean Power Plan battle looms

Obama proposal due in days; critics say it’s far too costly WASHINGTON, DC — “Late last month the Supreme Court rejected the Obama Administration’s attempt to impose stronger rules on mercury, another major pollutant caused by burning coal. Mercury is a neurotoxin shown to affect brain development of young children. […]

Controversial hazardous-waste incinerator to pay fine for ash cloud
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Controversial hazardous-waste incinerator to pay fine for ash cloud

EAST LIVERPOOL — “Under the settlement, Heritage will pay the Ohio EPA $34,000 for the 761 pounds of ash that spewed into the surrounding area. The company also is required to make changes to prevent future problems at the facility, located about 175 miles east of Columbus along the Ohio […]

In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Wesley Simon-Parsons, civil and environmental supervisor at Dominion Terminal Associates, stands near piles of coal at the company's coal terminal in Newport News, Va. Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday, July 29, to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Coal / Energy

A great day for coal? Not exactly.

Why the Supreme Court’s strange EPA decision won’t matter as much as people think WASHINGTON, DC — “It won’t get as much attention as today’s perplexing Supreme Court decision blocking mercury limits for coal-fired power plants, but the government quietly revealed last Thursday that the U.S. electricity sector has reached a […]