Post Tagged with: "mercury"

Researcher Jeffrey Reutter reaches into water affected by an algae bloom at a laboratory on Lake Erie. Scientists say fossil-fuel plants are contributing to the rise in algal blooms.
Coal

Harmful Lake Erie algal blooms worsened by power plant pollution

COLUMBUS — “Aside from their link to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel plants also include nitrogen oxides, which can add to nitrogen already entering the lakes as runoff from farming and other sources. Power plants could also contribute to algal bloom problems as they use large quantities […]

The view of the Ohio River from Eden Park on Sept. 17. Michael C. Miller and Madeline Fleisher write to say the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission should hold the line on industrial mercury dumps into the Ohio River.(Photo: The Enquirer/Cara Owsley)
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Miller, Fleisher: Keep mercury out of the Ohio River

CINCINNATI — “…another far less visible pollutant – mercury – has been quietly accumulating in the Ohio River for years. Mercury concentrations in the water regularly exceed permissible levels. And government data from 2010 shows that this toxic pollution is building up in fish, with over 40 percent of samples […]

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The Ohio River near New Richmond, Ohio, with the coal-fired Zimmer Power Station in the background.
Energy

Agency considers further delay on Ohio River mercury rule

NEW RICHMOND — “A 12-year extension allowing power plants and other industrial polluters to exceed mercury standards as wastewater enters the Ohio River could be stretched out even further, if a proposal before an interstate regulatory board is approved. The question before the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) […]

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 […]

Google’s $600 million redevelopment of the Widows Creek plant, in Alabama, could be a model for the reuse of retired coal plants.
Coal / Energy

Supreme Court decision unlikely to stall the shift away from coal plants

As market forces chip away at the coal industry, many plants are being repurposed as data centers, museums, and mixed-use neighborhoods BOSTON, MA — “Coal plants tend to be dirty, located in out-of-the-way spots (nobody wants to live next to a coal-fired power plant), and full of derelict machinery that […]

Scrapping of mercury-pollution rule for Ohio River under fire
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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]