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EPA tells coal-fired plants to quit dumping ash in unlined storage ponds

Associated Press: The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. Plants in four states will have to close the coal ash ponds […]

January 12, 2022 Read More →

Wastewater treatment rules forcing coal-fired plant closures in U.S.

Associated Press: Climate change isn’t what’s driving some U.S. coal-fired power plants to shut down. It’s the expense of stricter pollution controls on their wastewater. Dozens of plants nationwide plan to stop burning coal this decade to comply with more stringent federal wastewater guidelines, according to state regulatory filings, as the industry continues moving away […]

November 24, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Canada ban on shipping coal would equal scrapping as many as 3 million cars

IEEFA: Canada ban on shipping coal would equal scrapping as many as 3 million cars

Change in Canadian policy could have major implications for U.S. coal market

The border between the United States and Canada is currently open for vaccinated travelers—but it may soon be closed to trainloads of American coal that pass through Canadian export terminals on their way to overseas markets. In a late August announcement that drew little attention outside Canada, the governing Liberal Party pledged to ban all […]

Michigan utility DTE moves up closure of Belle River coal plant to 2028

The Detroit News: DTE Energy Co. said Wednesday it will stop burning coal in its Belle River Power Plant in St. Clair County’s China Township in 2028, two years earlier than originally planned, in response to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy change. The move, according to the Detroit-based utility company, means it can accelerate […]

October 14, 2021 Read More →

Appeals court ruling raises viability issues for Missouri coal-fired plant

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge’s 2019 ruling that ordered Ameren Missouri to install pollution controls at its Rush Island power plant south of Festus, a decision likely to force the St. Louis-based electric utility to rethink its long-term plans or spend hundreds of millions retrofitting a 1970s-era coal […]

August 26, 2021 Read More →

Major oil companies flaring Permian gas without required permits

Reuters: Oil producers such as Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) are burning off gas in the largest oil field in the United States without required Texas state permits, the environmental group Earthworks said in a report on Thursday. Energy producers flare gas, an unwanted by-product of oil extraction, when they cannot transport […]

August 20, 2021 Read More →

Retirements to cut US coal plants by half of 2015 levels within 15 years

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Based on already planned and announced retirements, less than half of the U.S. coal-fired power generation capacity that existed at the start of 2015 will remain online by 2035, a new S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis shows. Utilities are rapidly closing coal-fired power plants, and while 2020 and 2021 offer […]

August 2, 2021 Read More →

EPA plans to reverse easing of coal ash regulations for power plants

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 26 launched a new rulemaking effort to reverse Trump-era changes that eased coal ash regulations for coal-fired power plants. At issue is an October 2020 final rule that saw the Trump EPA relax a 2015 regulation that requires coal plants, one of the […]

July 27, 2021 Read More →

EPA recommends against Mountain Valley Pipeline crossing permit

Virginia Mercury: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the Army Corps of Engineers not grant Mountain Valley Pipeline a critical permit to cross several hundred streams in Virginia and West Virginia.  “EPA has identified a number of substantial concerns with the project as currently proposed, including whether all feasible avoidance and minimization measures […]

July 12, 2021 Read More →

Fights over natural gas ban for new buildings spread across U.S.

Wall Street Journal ($): A growing fight is unfolding across the U.S. as cities consider phasing out natural gas for home cooking and heating, citing concerns about climate change, and states push back against these bans. Major cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York have either enacted or proposed measures to ban or […]

June 3, 2021 Read More →