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Court rules EPA guidelines for coal wastewater, leachate need to be tightened

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A federal appeals court vacated two provisions of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power plants to treat toxic waste streams because the regulations illegally relied on decades-old technology. The April 12 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit dealt a fresh blow to the […]

April 16, 2019 Read More →

EPA coal plan not likely to change utility plans—S&P

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): After years of shying away from building new coal-fired generation, U.S. electric utilities remain cautious about investing in their existing coal fleets, despite the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back Obama-era restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions. Responses from about 20 electric utilities had several common themes: they already completed many […]

September 12, 2018 Read More →

EPA plan won’t change price advantage of gas over coal

The New York Times: America’s ailing coal industry was buoyed on Tuesday when the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposal to relax pollution regulations on coal-fired power plants. President Trump traveled to West Virginia to tout the planned measure, telling supporters, “We’re putting our great coal miners back to work.” Yet the reality on the […]

August 23, 2018 Read More →

Bays: Coal ‘failing to compete’ with natural gas

CNN Money: Coal is dying because of dirt-cheap natural gas. The rise of renewable energy isn’t helping. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday an effort to prop up coal by replacing Obama-era carbon emission policies known as the Clean Power Plan. But the regulatory reversal is unlikely to spark a coal comeback. Coal’s true nemeses […]

August 22, 2018 Read More →

Opponents planning court battle for new power plan

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Opponents of President Donald Trump’s replacement of the Clean Power Plan are publicly blasting the proposal in hopes of gaining public support for a campaign against implementing the rule before challenging it in court should it become finalized. The administration’s Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule will likely a face […]

August 22, 2018 Read More →

Long odds for Trump plan to save U.S. coal

Wall Street Journal ($): The Trump administration is escalating an effort to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry with a planned move next week to replace restrictive Obama-era climate policies with new rules designed to help coal-burning plants run harder and stay open longer. The proposed new rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans is […]

August 20, 2018 Read More →

Industry data show widespread contamination from coal ash

West Virginia Public Radio: For generations, coal power has fueled American prosperity. But for each shovelful thrown into the furnaces, a pile of ash was left in its place. Today, as coal’s dominance in the power sector wanes, those piles of ash have grown into mountains as coal ash became one of the largest waste […]

June 20, 2018 Read More →

Court rulings require EPA action on upwind air pollution

The Hill: Two separate courts ruled this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must enforce regulations that restrict states from emitting pollution that could cross borders into neighboring states. U.S. district courts in Maryland and New York both ruled separately that EPA was derelict in its duty by not enforcing states to comply with […]

June 15, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Wishing Won’t Make it So: Industry ‘Action Plan’ for Federal Policy Changes Can’t Revive Coal Mining in U.S.

IEEFA Update: Wishing Won’t Make it So: Industry ‘Action Plan’ for Federal Policy Changes Can’t Revive Coal Mining in U.S.

Murray Energy Checklist Included Rolling Back Clean Power Plan, Changing Science Findings, Rewriting Tax Code to Disadvantage Renewables

For the first time last week, Bob Murray, the outspoken CEO of Murray Energy Corp., publicly discussed his company’s recently publicized wish list for actions that the federal government could take to support the coal industry.  Murray’s “Action Plan for the Administration of Donald J. Trump,” a once-secret document written almost a year ago, was released earlier […]

Supreme Court Kills Murray Energy Suit Against EPA

The Hill: The Supreme Court Monday declined to hear a [Murray Energy] appeal arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must regularly report on the impact to coal jobs from its regulations. The rejection means that the previous ruling stands, in which the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that the EPA does […]

January 9, 2018 Read More →