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Coal Ash

Advocates, TVA spar over safety of compaction as a coal ash solution

KINGSTON, TN — “How to dispose of coal ash? It’s a particularly pressing question for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), whose 2008 dam breach at their Kingston, Tennessee plant spilled 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash into the Clinch and Emory rivers, and led to congressional hearings and new 2015 […]

A Chicago coal dock in July, 1941. Coal transported on freighters through the Great Lakes fed many of the region’s power plants during the past century. Photo Credit: John Vachon / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection [LC-USF33-016112-M4]
Coal / Renewable Energy

Great Lakes region pivots from fossil fuels

TRAVERSE CITY, MI— “Michigan’s largest electric supplier, DTE Energy, announced in June that it will retire eight coal-fired power units at three of its power plants over the next seven years. The plants generated a quarter of the utility’s electricity last year. Two months earlier, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s second largest […]

The Sammis Power plant looms over homes in Stratton, Ohio. Photo Credit: Sierra Club / Colin Scianamblo
FirstEnergy

Ohio lawmakers, concerned about jobs, support FirstEnergy plan

STRATTON — “Two Democratic lawmakers concerned about job losses in their southeast Ohio districts have spoken out in support of a FirstEnergy plan that critics say is an unlawful ‘bailout.’ In letters filed with Ohio regulators this week, state senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) and representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) stressed the […]

Rep. McKinley introduces new coal-ash bill
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Rep. McKinley introduces new coal-ash bill

CHARLESTON, WV — “When we last left West Virginia Republication Rep. David McKinley, he was using his stacked discussion panel to pretend there’s no scientific consensus about man-made global warming. Well this week, Rep. McKinley is bringing back a somewhat reworked version of his coal-ash legislation (see the bill here […]

Alpha: Appalachian coal’s decline is ‘structural’
Coal / Energy

Alpha: Appalachian coal’s decline is ‘structural’

CHARLESTON, WV — “It’s earnings time, and the latest report out in the coal industry is from Alpha Natural Resources, which reported this morning: Alpha recorded a net loss of $111 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $29 […]

As SEC investigates, towns weigh legal options on Prairie State contracts
Coal / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

As SEC investigates, towns weigh legal options on Prairie State contracts

MARISSA, IL — “As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigates Peabody Energy Corporation’s role in the Prairie State Energy Campus, it remains unclear what exactly the commission is investigating or whether the utilities in eight states that are co-owners of the project have also received subpoenas. …Sandy Buchanan […]

Power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides continue to decline in 2012
Coal / Energy

Power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides continue to decline in 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. — “Emissionsof sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the electric power sector in 2012 declined to their lowest level since the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The decline in emissions is due primarily to an increasing number of coal-fired units retrofitted with […]

What will Obama’s 2nd term bring for coalfields?
Coal / Energy

What will Obama’s 2nd term bring for coalfields?

CHARLESTON, WV — “…There’s  been a lot of commentary in the last few days and weeks about what President Obama could, should, or might — or might not — do about climate change. I linked previously to Jeff Goodell’s Rolling Stone piece, but there were others out there, including this […]

Protesters demonstrate inside Arch Coal headquarters
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Protesters demonstrate inside Arch Coal headquarters

CHARLESTON, WV — “Seven people, including at least one West Virginian, locked themselves to a 500-pound potted tree inside Arch Coal’s headquarters in Creve Coeur, Mo. on Tuesday in a protest against strip mining. A larger group performed songs and dances in the building’s lobby, according to the protesters, who […]

How to oversimplify coalfield politics (and policy)
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

How to oversimplify coalfield politics (and policy)

CHARLESTON, WV — “Earlier this week, the National Journal published a piece called The Shift Of King Coal: The coal industry still dominates in Appalachia, and that’s bad news for the Democratic party. Here’s how it started out: When West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller formally announced his decision to quit […]