Posts Tagged ‘Coal’

Rich nations’ greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2012, led by U.S.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

(Reuters) – Industrialized nations’ greenhouse gas emissions fell by 1.3 percent in 2012, led by a U.S. decline to the lowest in almost two decades with a shift to natural gas from dirtier coal, official statistics show.

Emissions from more than 40 nations were 10 percent below 1990 levels in 2012, according to a Reuters compilation of national data submitted to the United Nations in recent days that are the main gauge of efforts to tackle global warming.

Still, with emissions rising elsewhere, experts said the rate of decline was too slow to limit average world temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, a ceiling set by almost 200 nations to avert droughts, heat waves and rising seas.

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18 coal permits lapsed at Ohio EPA

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Eighteen coal facilities in Ohio are operating with expired pollution-discharge permits under an agency where allegations of coal-industry influence arose during a personnel flap last year, an Associated Press review has found.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.

The agreements spell out what pollutants each mining operation, coal preparation plant, storm water facility or coal waste storage area can release under state and federal clean water laws. The AP obtained data on the permits through a public records request.

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West Virginia Chemical Spill Exposes a New Risk to Water From Coal

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

WASHINGTON — The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians was just the latest and most high-profile case of coal sullying the nation’s waters.

For decades, chemicals and waste from the coal industry have tainted hundreds of waterways and groundwater supplies, spoiling private wells, shutting down fishing and rendering streams virtually lifeless, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal environmental data. But because these contaminants are released gradually and in some cases not tracked or regulated, they attract much less attention than a massive spill like the one in West Virginia.

“I’ve made a career of body counts of dead fish and wildlife made that way from coal,” said Dennis Lemly, a U.S. Forest Service research biologist who has spent decades chronicling the deformities pollution from coal mining has caused in fish. “How many years and how many cases does it take before somebody will step up to the plate and say, `Wait a minute, we need to change this’?”

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Chicago Coal Plants to Close in 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

FiskCoalPlantRallyCROPEnvironmental and public health advocates celebrated the May 2nd announcement that two Chicago coal plants will shut down in September.

Midwest Generation’s Fisk and Crawford plants will close years ahead of the state’s deadline to “clean up or shut down.” The Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods where the power plants are located applauded this victory. According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, the Fisk and Crawford coal plants have caused high rates of asthma and other respiratory health problems in their communities. Data from the U.S. EPA show that the Fisk and Crawford plants are the city’s two largest sources of climate change pollution by a wide margin.

Chicago Tribune: State Line Coal Plant to Retire in 2012

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The Chicago Tribune reports that one of the nation’s dirtiest coal plants will shut down in March 2012, rather than in 2014 as expected. The State Line coal plant sits on the shore of Lake Michigan in Hammond, IN, just across the border from Chicago. ELPC’s 2010 report on State Line found that soot and smog pollution from the plant cost the public over $77 million per year in health and related damages.

“Now that they’re on the path to shutting down, the question is how soon the site will be ready for redevelopment,” said ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner told the Tribune. “We have an opportunity to replace a dirty clunker with an extension of open space along Lake Michigan.”

Read the Chicago Tribune article here