Post Tagged with: "air pollution"

Marked for death by SCOTUS, mercury rule has already done its job
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Marked for death by SCOTUS, mercury rule has already done its job

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Supreme Court sent the Environmental Protection Agency back to the drawing board Monday to re-issue rules on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, a process which could extend past President Obama’s tenure in office. While the 5-4 decision is likely to draw the ire of environmental […]

A coal-fired power plant in Ghent, Ky. Industry groups and about 20 states challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to regulate emissions — one of the Obama administration's most ambitious environmental initiatives.
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Supreme Court blocks Obama’s limits on power plants

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious environmental initiatives, one meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Industry groups and some 20 states challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to regulate the emissions, saying […]

Coal industry fighting for survival on 7 fronts
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Coal industry fighting for survival on 7 fronts

WASHINGTON, DC — “Perhaps no industry has inflicted such widespread costs on society as coal. From debilitating black lung disease to the devastating removal of whole mountaintops, from decades of lung-scarring smog to unrestrained emissions of greenhouse gases, coal has imposed its own deadly taxation—hiding the charges under the smoky […]

A haze of smog covers Over-the-Rhine looking southeast from Fairview Park in July 2010.
Coal

Not all good news on air quality

CINCINNATI — “I’m glad to know that Cincinnati’s air quality has improved, in terms of ozone pollution (“More local lung news: Our air is getting better” May 4) We should celebrate a decline from 15th to 23rd worst in the American Lung Association’s estimation. Your story, however, omits the fact […]

Citizens rally to support clean air
Coal / Energy

Citizens rally to support clean air

CINCINNATI —  Cincinnati area residents in support of clean air and carbon pollution reduction took their message to Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati today.  Members of the Sierra Club and Ohio Citizen Action were on the square promoting the benefits of clean air to locals residents, and urging people to […]

Ohio Citizen Action and eight other groups sue EPA on air toxics rules
Coal

Ohio Citizen Action and eight other groups sue EPA on air toxics rules

CLEVELAND — On February 3, 2014, Ohio Citizen Action and eight other groups filed a notice of intent to sue U.S. EPA for failure to update air pollution rules for more than 30 categories of industrial polluters. U.S. EPA has missed the deadlines set by the Clean Air Act to […]

We don’t have to choose between jobs and environment: Michael J. Piepsny
Coal / Energy

We don’t have to choose between jobs and environment: Michael J. Piepsny

CLEVELAND — “The proposed EPA standards require power plants to emit fewer greenhouse gases into the air when they operate. Simply, this means power plants will be built or retrofitted to be cleaner/more energy-efficient than current plants. This requirement will help reduce the costs of pollution-related illness and spur the […]

Help kids breathe easier this summer
AEP / Coal / Energy

Help kids breathe easier this summer

Help Us Close Gavin from SVS Mediaworks on Vimeo. Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund kicked off a new campaign August 1 to help kids breathe easier this summer. The goal is to raise $10,000 by August 27,in order to continue work to prevent coal ash spills into Ohio’s drinking water […]

The Supreme Court has reversed a lower-court ruling on EPA rules to cut power-plant pollution.(SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Coal / Energy

Supreme Court revives major EPA air-pollution rule

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Supreme Court has reinstated a major EPA rule to curb soot- and smog-forming power-plant pollution that crosses state lines and damages air quality in the Eastern United States. Tuesday’s 6-2 ruling arrives two weeks after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit […]

This map from U.S. EPA shows monitoring sites for criteria pollutants. Map courtesy U.S. EPA.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Air pollution: Oil and gas boom, budget woes strain EPA’s monitoring network

WASHINGTON, DC — “Utah physician Brian Moench is worried. There’s only anecdotal evidence so far, but Moench maintains that oil and gas drilling in the Uinta Basin that straddles Utah and Colorado is almost certainly causing health problems for residents, including increased infant mortality. ‘If you’re going to expose a […]