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The health impacts of coal

EarthTalk: Health Impacts of Coal

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I saw a chart that quantified the negative impacts on our health of our reliance on coal as an energy source. It was pretty shocking as I recall. Can you summarize what we’re dealing with here? – Mitchell Baldwin, Boise,…

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Coalition Calls on White House to Institute Strong Coal Ash Disposal Regulations

A coalition of 120 organizations has sent a letter to the White House requesting the first-ever federal regulations governing coal ash disposal be strong and comprehensive. The EPA is expected to issue a final proposed rule by December 19.

The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign marks its 179 coal plant retirement

Beyond Coal: One Less Coal-Burning Power Plant

Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Marks 179th Coal Plant Retirement In response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement of air quality violations, White Pine Electric Power announced last week its commitment to stop burning coal at its small 60-megawatt power plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The plant’s two online units will convert immediately to natural gas. The facility has until 2023 to install best-in-class…

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas emissions are up in 2013, a principal source of the increase is from large industrial facilities, according to the EPA

Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise 20M Metric Tons

Greenhouse gas emissions from large U.S. polluters rose 0.6 percent in 2013, driven in the main by an increase in burning coal to generate electrical power, according to the fourth year of data from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.

Clean coal used to mean less dust and dirt. Coal was never clean. The concept of clean coal has evolved but that reality hasn't

Clean coal was all about no dirt or dust back in 1921

“…The public wants coal and must have it.”   Wall Street Journal. Editorial excerpt: September 30, 1902 (from ‘A Journal Sampler,’ July 8, 2014.) It was a time of big industrial growth in big, big cities like Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis, as coal fed the maw of uber expansion. In fact, the latter part of the nineteenth century, provided…

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Waterkeeper Alliance and the Cape Fear Riverkeeper documented an area of heavy seepage flowing from this barren area at the north end of the 1963 coal ash impoundment directly into the Cape Fear River.

Coal Ash Ponds: a Slurry of Problems Nationwide

“Do you know what your coal ash pond is doing tonight?” EarthJustice, via the Freedom of Information Act, pressured the EPA back in 2012 to release the locations of hundreds of previously unknown coal ash dump sites. The latest tally puts the number at nearly 1,400 nationwide. Coal ash. It sounds benign – even perhaps recyclable – something you might…

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More renewable energy development will be one result from the new US rules for power plant emissions

 Implications of the New US Rules Curbing Power Plant Emissions

The new rules curbing power plant emissions in the U.S. will have far reaching impacts both within the U.S. and around the world.  Curbing emissions from power plants is part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan which he announced in 2013. Last September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed standards to curb U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) from new power plants. On June 2nd of this…

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