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Big Harts Creek in Lincoln County, WV (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Coal / Water Quality

Trump’s repeal of stream rule helps coal at the expense of climate and species

WASHINGTON, DC — “When he signed an unusual act of Congress rolling back a regulation to protect streams from mining pollution on Thursday, President Donald Trump made good on his promise to ease up on coal mining. The repeal will mean more greenhouse gas pollution from burning coal. It’s also […]

Local officials credit the Ohio EPA for bringing the Hocking River up to aquatic standards. The river only met 38 percent of the standards when first assessed in the 1980s. Credit: Athens Post file photo
Coal / Water Quality

Repealed stream protection rule may affect Athens

ATHENS — “At the end of his presidency, Barack Obama put together the Stream Protection Rule, which regulated the dumping of mining waste in streams. Less than two months later, President Donald Trump is slated to sign a resolution doing away with the rule. How this change will affect Appalachian […]

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait
Climate Change / Coal

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait

WASHINGTON, DC — “The document carried the title ‘A Roadmap to Repeal,’ a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day. It was a tally of rules that energy industry executives and lobbyists had […]

A mountaintop removal mine site in Southern West Virginia in 2009. Credit: CHRIS DORST | Gazette-Mail file photo - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170201/congress-moves-to-reject-obama-mining-rule-changes#sthash.swIQfgcy.dpuf
Coal

Congress moves to reject Obama mining rule changes

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress on Wednesday evening was headed toward fairly quick action to reject a late-term effort by the Obama administration to replace a controversial stream ‘buffer zone’ rule with a collection of requirements that coal operators better monitor water quality, try to avoid damage to streams, and improve […]

DPL settlement will raise monthly rates, keep headquarters in Dayton
Dayton Power & Light / Energy

DPL settlement will raise monthly rates, keep headquarters in Dayton

DAYTON — “Dayton Power and Light Company has agreed to a settlement in its electric security plan proposal, that if approved, will increase customers monthly bills and calls for the company to close two coal-powered plants on the Ohio River. DP&L announced in a statement Monday that a settlement with […]

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AEP / Energy

AEP has just four power plants left in Ohio after sale to investment firm

COLUMBUS — “AEP has closed on its previously announced sale of four power plants, three of them in Ohio and the other in Indiana. American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) sold the plants for $2.1 billion to New York-based Blackstone Group LP and an ArcLight Capital Partners affiliate and operate […]

DP&L considering closing two power plants
Coal / Dayton Power & Light

DP&L considering closing two power plants

DAYTON — “Dayton Power & Light Inc. is considering closing two coal-fired power-generating stations near the Ohio River, company officials said. ‘As part of DP&L’s electric security plan (ESP) filing at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the company is involved in ongoing discussions to find sustainable solutions to market-driven […]

Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants
Coal

Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants

BALTIMORE, MD — “Maryland environmental regulators are asking their federal counterparts to crack down on 19 coal plants in five other states whose emissions — carried hundreds of miles by the wind — make the air here unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days. The plants have spent billions of […]

FirstEnergy could sell or close additional boilers at its last coal-fired power plant in Ohio, the W.H. Sammis plant on the Ohio River, if it cannot persuade the state to return to regulating electric companies and setting power prices. The company's old coal and nuclear power plants cannot always make power as cheaply as new gas-fired plants, which are now dominating wholesale market prices. (credit: Plain Dealer file)
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy to sell or close power plants if Ohio, Pennsylvania do not return to regulated rates

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy has decided to get out of the competitive electricity business, and will sell or close its big coal and nuclear power plants within 18 months unless Ohio and Pennsylvania return to regulating them and setting prices or create a regulation-like structure for them. ‘We are not going […]

AEP takes $2.3B write-down of coal plants to avoid Ohio’s ‘deregulation debacle’
AEP / Coal

AEP takes $2.3B write-down of coal plants to avoid Ohio’s ‘deregulation debacle’

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. CEO Nick Akins often peppers his public comments with references to music or movies. It’s a way to translate complicated public policy and energy issues through the lens of popular culture. On Tuesday, his quote previewed the theme of comments by executives of […]