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U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Weak Bush-era Mercury Rule

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Weak Bush-era Mercury Rule

WASHINGTON, DC, February 24, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to consider a Bush-era rule that would have allowed a cap-and-trade approach to mercury, a toxic heavy metal emitted by power plants that burn coal and oil. Power plants are the largest source of mercury in the nation. The Supreme Court’s decision…

Coal Ash Spills Could Happen at Dumps Across USA

Coal Ash Spills Could Happen at Dumps Across USA

WASHINGTON, DC, January 7, 2008 (ENS) – Nearly 100 coal ash dumps across the United States pose similar or even greater potential dangers than the eastern Tennessee site that spilled a billion gallons of toxic sludge and contaminated water last month, finds a report released today by environmentalists. The study warns that the Bush administration…

EPA Abandons Attempts to Change Clean Air Rules

EPA Abandons Attempts to Change Clean Air Rules

WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has dropped plans to adopt two Clean Air Act rules that would have allowed power plants and other polluters to increase smog and soot pollution. The first rule concerned the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program. It would have allowed coal-fired power plants to…

New Jersey Carbon Cap and Trade Plan Called 'Timid'

New Jersey Carbon Cap and Trade Plan Called 'Timid'

TRENTON, New Jersey, July 17, 2008 (ENS) – A newly proposed cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, in New Jersey may do little to combat global warming, charges Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a nonprofit association of government workers. The trading program proposed by the administration of…

Georgia Judge Yanks Coal Power Permit on Climate Concerns

Georgia Judge Yanks Coal Power Permit on Climate Concerns

ATLANTA, Georgia, June 30, 2008 (ENS) – A Fulton County Superior Court judge today issued a decision that blocks construction of the first coal-burning power plant proposed in Georgia in more than 20 years. The judge ruled that the new plant must limit its emissions of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide. This is the first…

Kansas Governor Rejects Two Coal-Fired Power Plants

Kansas Governor Rejects Two Coal-Fired Power Plants

TOPEKA, Kansas, March 21, 2008 (ENS) – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius today vetoed legislation that would have overturned a decision of her administration to deny an permit application to build two new coal-fired power plants because of the greenhouse gases they would have produced. The measure passed without a veto-proof majority of state legislators. Last…

Nationalwide Ban on New Power Plants Without CO2 Controls Proposed

Nationalwide Ban on New Power Plants Without CO2 Controls Proposed

WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – Two powerful House Democrats Tuesday introduced legislation that would require new coal-fired electric generating plants to use state-of-the-art control technology to capture and sequester emissions of carbon dioxide, CO2, the primary greenhouse gas responsible for climate change. Congressman Henry Waxman of California, who chairs the House Government Oversight…

China and Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

China and Australia to Install Clean Coal Plant in Beijing

BEIJING, China, March 8, 2008 (ENS) – Two coal producing nations – Australia and China – signed a formal agreement for research and testing of clean coal technology Thursday in Beijing. The agreement, between the Australian government research organization CSIRO and China’s Thermal Power Research Institute, TPRI, will see TPRI install, commission and operate a…