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Anti-Coal Protesters Block Gates to Capitol Power Plant

Anti-Coal Protesters Block Gates to Capitol Power Plant

WASHINGTON, DC, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – Several thousand demonstrators marched through chilly winds and snow to the Capitol’s coal-fired power plant today in a bid to attract the attention of lawmakers to the dangers of climate change. An estimated 2,500 protesters organized by Capitol Climate Action blocked the five main gates to the Capitol…

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…

Kentucky Utilities Must Spend $140M on Clean Air Settlement

Kentucky Utilities Must Spend $140M on Clean Air Settlement

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, February 3, 2009 (ENS) – Back in 1997, Kentucky Utilities modified the largest coal-fired electrical generating unit at its E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County, Kentucky without installing required pollution control equipment or complying with applicable emission limits. These alleged violations of the Clean Air Act allowed the company to increase the…

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…

Global Carbon Dioxide Hit Record Levels in 2007

Global Carbon Dioxide Hit Record Levels in 2007

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 26, 2008 (ENS) – Climate-heating greenhouse gases continue to increase in the atmosphere, and last year, global concentrations of carbon dioxide again reached the highest levels ever recorded, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the World Meteorological Organization. Greenhouse gases trap the Sun’s radiation within the Earth’s atmosphere causing it…

Electric Co-op Sues Kansas Governor Over Coal Plant Denial

Electric Co-op Sues Kansas Governor Over Coal Plant Denial

HAYS, Kansas, November 18, 2008 (ENS) – Sunflower Electric Power Corporation today filed a lawsuit in federal court against Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and other state officials over the denial of an air quality permit for the expansion of the cooperative’s coal-fired power plant at Holcomb Station in Finney County. The October 2007 decision to…

Sierra Club Wins Appeal of Coal Plant Air Permit

Sierra Club Wins Appeal of Coal Plant Air Permit

WASHINGTON, DC, November 13, 2008 (ENS) – In a case with national implications, the Environmental Appeals Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled today that the EPA had no valid reason for refusing to require that best available control technology be used to limit carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant proposed in…

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…

Pennsylvania Assembly Passes First Global Warming Law

Pennsylvania Assembly Passes First Global Warming Law

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3, 2008 (ENS) – Global warming legislation will be enacted for the first time in Pennsylvania when Governor Ed Rendell signs the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act as he is expected to do. The measure was overwhelmingly approved today by both houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. A coal-rich state, Pennsylvania emits one…

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…

Mile-Long Petition Opposes Dominion Coal Plant in Virginia

Mile-Long Petition Opposes Dominion Coal Plant in Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – Dominion Power proposes building a coal-fired power plant in Wise County, Virginia, but many Virginians oppose the facility because of the climate-warming greenhouse gases it would produce. So many Virginians want to block the power plant that their 42,400 signatures fill rolls of paper a mile long displayed…

Kansas Governor's Third Coal Plant Veto Sustained

Kansas Governor's Third Coal Plant Veto Sustained

TOPEKA, Kansas, May 1, 2008 (ENS) – Kansas will not have two new coal-fired power plants at Holcomb in the western part of the state. Late Thursday night, the Kansas House narrowly sustained the third veto of a bill to allow the plants by Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat. The vote in the House was…

UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions On Track to Hit Kyoto Target

UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions On Track to Hit Kyoto Target

LONDON, UK, March 27, 2008 (ENS) – Environment Secretary Hilary Benn today said that the UK is making progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but there is still much work to do. Provisional statistics published today for total UK greenhouse gas emissions for 2007 showed a drop of two percent below the previous year, with…

Kansans Rallied to Resist Coal-Burning Power Plants

Kansans Rallied to Resist Coal-Burning Power Plants

TOPEKA, Kansas, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of groups and individuals gathered at the Kansas State Capitol Tuesday to show support for Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ expected veto of an energy bill that would permit two coal-fired power plants to be built in western Kansas. The bill last week passed both the state House…

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…

Growth in China's CO2 Emissions Double Previous Estimates

Growth in China's CO2 Emissions Double Previous Estimates

SAN DIEGO, California, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – The growth in China’s emissions of the primary greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, CO2, is far greater than previous estimates, making the goal of stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gases much more difficult, finds a new analysis by economists at the University of California. The authors of the study, Maximillian…

Feds Halt Financing for New Rural Coal Plants

Feds Halt Financing for New Rural Coal Plants

WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2008 (ENS) – The federal government is suspending its loan program for new coal plants in rural communities. The Rural Utility Service announced today that due in part to uncertainty over litigation, it will not fund new coal plants in 2008 and 2009. A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,…

New Jersey Sues Over Pennsylvania Power Plant Pollution

New Jersey Sues Over Pennsylvania Power Plant Pollution

Air pollution knows no borders (Photo credit unknown) TRENTON, New Jersey, December 18, 2007 (ENS) – Because air pollution recognizes no borders, the state of New Jersey today filed suit against the owner of a coal-fired power plant across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. Alleging that Reliant Energy MidAtlantic Power Holdings modified its coal-fired Portland…