Post Tagged with: "mercury"

Bad buckeye air
Coal / Energy

Bad buckeye air

TOLEDO —”Ohio’s energy future must become a more prominent issue in this year’s political campaigns, given its role as a key swing state. Ohio also is a battleground for the nation’s energy-policy debate, considering its proximity to the Great Lakes. The lakes get most of their pollution from toxic air […]

Coal / Energy

Energy issues electrify Ohio Senate race

Brown, Mandel duke it out over resources WASHINGTON, DC — “Brown and Mandel have skirmished over a rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, called the Utility MACT rule. The proposed EPA rule — issued last year to comply a court order stemming from the 1990 Clean Air Act — […]

Senate defeats bid to block EPA power plant rule
Coal / Energy

Senate defeats bid to block EPA power plant rule

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Democrat-controlled Senate defeated a bid Wednesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting the first federal standards to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants. Republicans were behind the effort, but they didn’t get enough votes to move ahead. It was the second time in […]

Lake Erie has most mercury pollution in Great Lakes
Coal / Energy

Lake Erie has most mercury pollution in Great Lakes

ELYRIA — “Lake Erie receives the most mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants of the five Great Lakes, according to a report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental watchdog. Coal-fired power plants are responsible for 50 percent of emissions of mercury — a toxic substance that […]

What’s going to kill us in 2050? Air pollution — and lots of it
Coal / Energy

What’s going to kill us in 2050? Air pollution — and lots of it

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Wednesday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its “Environmental Outlook to 2050,” which contained a few spots of cheery news. Humanity is making steady progress against malaria. Worldwide, the number of deaths from the disease are expected to fall by half by 2050. […]

AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Small industrial boilers: A big burden on Ohio’s air?

COLUMBUS — “A new analysis is shedding light on a little-known source of toxic air pollution. Industrial boilers are the on-site power plants used by major industrial operations. They are believed to be contributing to the deaths of thousands of people across the country and in Ohio. A report from Earthjustice […]

The job-creating mercury rule
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

The job-creating mercury rule

WASHINGTON, DC — “After 20 years of delay and litigation by polluters, the Obama administration approved in December one of the most important rules in the history of the Clean Air Act. It will require power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants by more than 90 […]

Interpreting pollution maps for the proposed Cleveland incinerator
Cleveland Incinerator

Interpreting pollution maps for the proposed Cleveland incinerator

CLEVELAND — “To read the maps [78 MB pdf download] is actually easy, but it’s more important to understand how to interpret what they mean to the average neighbor. Each color is a different average daily concentration that will be experienced over the five years they modeled. As you get […]

Coal plants drop off the map
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy / Victory

Coal plants drop off the map

Each year 819,195,781 pounds of pollution will NOT be dumped into our air and water (…)

Ohio power plant closing may help Lake Erie’s fish
Coal / FirstEnergy

Ohio power plant closing may help Lake Erie’s fish

TOLEDO — “Environmentalists and charter fishing captains expect Lake Erie’s fish population to climb with the closing of coal-burning units at a Ohio power plant near the mouth of the lake’s biggest tributary. The plant, which is being shut down by its operator because of new air pollution rules, sucks […]