EPA proposes crackdown on emissions from new gas, coal-fired power plants

By Kristen Lombardi

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… public comment period, and the agency plans to hold a public hearing. …"

Rail industry, utilities boost 'clean coal' coalition

By Michael Beckel

Norfolk Southern, CSX among companies to voluntarily reveal payments to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ational Mining Association, which has also voiced concerns about President Barack Obama's push for more stringent regulations to curb climate change. Meanwhile, …"

'Retail exemption' shields some fertilizer facilities from stringent safety inspections, rules

By Chris Hamby

An exemption carved out two decades ago allows some fertilizer and other chemical facilities to skirt stricter rules and inspections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… said. “They’re in every small farming community in the country.” …"

"… -year-old regulation — applied. In the wake of the deadly blast in West, Texas, last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investig …"

"… company-claimed exceptions has implications beyond a small town in Central Texas. Sites across a host of industries housing large amounts of dangerous …"

"… the proposal.” But the institute added, “While the cause of the West, Texas, explosion has yet to be determined, we will re-examine our stance if nece …"

EPA rules threaten older, coal-fired power plants

By The Associated Press

Coal plants servicing more than 22M houses will be shut down, likely raising electric bills

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coal":

"… t Virginia and Virginia — where dozens of units probably will be retired.Coal "is the fuel that is local to this area," said Leonard Hopkins, the fuel a …"

"… e sewing factory leave and doesn't understand why Coal has to do the same."Coal's Coal. If you are going to dig and ship it to China, you might as well bu …"

Town divided over major employer's permission to pollute the air

By Howard Berkes and Sarah Harris

Community in turmoil over cement plant's permission to exceed emissions of hazardous waste incinerators — all perfectly legal

Excerpts from this story referencing "correspondent":

"… er for Public Integrity and Slate, and by Howard Berkes, NPR rural affairs correspondent. …"

Republicans score another symbolic defeat for EPA — this time over toxic coal ash

By Alexandra Duszak

Lack of federal oversight of coal ash cleanup continues with recent House legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… oning legislation that would wrest regulation of coal ash from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to the states, who will have the authority to regulate the often hazardous …"

"… ards of coal ash were spilled, causing more than $1 billion in damages.The Environmental Protection Agency is currently considering several options on how to regulate coal ash, from …"

Decades after Clear Air Act, most smokestacks still lack scrubbers

By Keith Epstein

Industry that resists new climate change rules sometimes lacks long-required pollution controls, too

Excerpts from this story referencing "pollution control":

"… oxides. A set of amendments to the Clean Air Act in 1977 encouraged use of pollution control equipment over so-called dispersion techniques – building tall smokestac …"

"… exceed height limitations, as well.In other words, despite greater use of pollution controls, the GAO said, at many plants utilities are still spewing pollutants with …"

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Morris":

"… ng industry to delay safety fixes, putting workers in harm's way.Reporters Jim Morris and Chris Hamby are interested in hearing more about how oil refineries af …"

New oil refinery in South Dakota says it will use alternative to toxic acid

By Chris Hamby

The company planning to build the nation’s first new major oil refinery in 35 years will use a safer technology as a substitute for a highly

Excerpts from this story referencing "Canada":

"… it is designed to handle about 400,000 barrels per day of dense crude from Canada’s oil sands. Environmental groups say the extraction and processing of t …"

Stimulus recipient, polluter gives Dems $10 million credit line

By Kristen Lombardi

The White House is taking on dirty sources of energy like coal. But the presidential convention could be financed from an unlikely source —

Excerpts from this story referencing "House subcommittee":

"… ls than oil and coal. Yet Energy Secretary Steven Chu, testifying before a House subcommittee on Tuesday, not only stood up for strengthening the nation’s nuclear ind …"

Regulatory flaws, repeated violations put oil refinery workers at risk

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell

The nation’s refineries are plagued by equipment failures and sometimes-fatal accidents that in many cases could have been prevented.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… rkers at risk and endangering nearby communities.Documents reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity, along with interviews of top safety officials and refining industry insid …"

"… to ask questions.”Amy, Paul and Shauna Gumbel. Credit: Emma Schwartz/The Center for Public IntegrityMatt’s curiosity and attention to detail served him well when he became a …"

The EU's billion-Euro bet

By Brigitte Alfter

How Europe ended up paying industry for carbon capture and storage

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… tion to controlling CO2 — at least according to companies like Shell and BP, who have an obvious interest, as well as some leading climate change expe …"

"… n were 25 members, mainly from business, including Siemens, Alstom, Shell, BP, and Total, as well as energy producers like Vattenfall, E.ON, and RWE. Bu …"

"… funding for ZEP comes from, among others, Total, StatoilHydro, Shell, and BP according to Hans Modder of the ZEP secretariat.Targeting Carbon Certifica …"

"… cording to documents received under the EU Access to Documents Regulation, BP was in contact with the European Commission about CCS back in 2005 — at …"

Shake-ups at high-profile coal industry group

By Marianne Lavelle

With its hefty bankroll and polished messaging, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity looked like a juggernaut going into the cl

Excerpts from this story referencing "Crounse Corporation":

"… n Mountains; Buckeye Power, a co-op with two coal units on the Ohio River; Crounse Corporation, a Kentucky-based barge line that hauls primarily coal on the Ohio River a …"

The ‘clean coal’ lobbying blitz

By Marianne Lavelle

They’ve brought coal above ground. They’ve put the black rock on billboards in the swing states, and they’ve splashed it on full-page ads i

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Energy and Commerce Committee":

"… ling hot air.ACCCE’s considerable impact will be on display this week at House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on a new draft climate bill penned by panel chairman Henry Waxman …"

Coal-fired plant under attack, but may still have some important backers

By Josh Israel

On the eve of a protest planned for March 2, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have offered new support to environm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… ter Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky wrote to the Architect of the Capitol to request that the upgr …"

Big coal's big-time lobby

By Matthew Lewis

Convention-goers in Denver and St. Paul won’t be able to miss the $2 million advertising blitz planned by businesses promoting “clean coal”

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… took the place of two other longtime coal advocacy groups, the Center for Energy and Economic Development and Americans for Balanced Energy Choices.) ACCCE …"

"… the Center for Energy and Economic Development and Americans for Balanced Energy Choices.) ACCCE’s message is that coal can be a part of the climate chan …"

"… 2008, ACCCE spent a whopping five times more than either the American Wind Energy Association ($860,379) or the Solar Energy Industry Association ($655,000) …"

"… e than either the American Wind Energy Association ($860,379) or the Solar Energy Industry Association ($655,000). Talk about a big carbon footprint. …"

The politics of energy: Coal

By Bill Dawson

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2003 — At the first meeting of President George W. Bush's cabinet in 2001, then-Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill dist

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… n large-scale “fuel switching”—that is, the replacement of coal with natural gas, accelerating a trend already present in some companies. natural gas is mo …"

"… dom of Information Act: There would be “massive” movement from coal to natural gas after a carbon dioxide mandate, the group said. This was hardly a new topi …"

"… 8, some Texas politicians like Senator Lloyd Bentsen had explicitly touted natural gas as a cleaner replacement for coal in any efforts to curb global warming.Ju …"

"… e, Bush’s decision to drop the power plant pledge was a major defeat for natural gas interests—especially the then-pre-bankruptcy Enron Corp. and its leader …"

The politics of energy: Coal

By The Center for Public Integrity

When George W. Bush was inaugurated on the Capitol steps in January 2001, the coal industry, which had contr

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… s once again king. Bush, an oil man whose biggest campaign contributor was natural gas giant Enron Corp., has done more to advance the interests of coal than for …"

"… the influence that sectors of the energy industry—coal, nuclear, oil and natural gas—wield on Capitol Hill and in the White House. The first four reports, to …"

"… lobal warming—would be to switch from coal to other energy sources, like natural gas, nuclear or renewable energy. Two weeks later, the administration withdrew …"

"… from the government, but from shortcomings within the private sector. When natural gas trader Enron and supplier Dynegy both collapsed under the weight of accoun …"