Post Tagged with: "mercury"

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]