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Top 11 Coal Plant Polluters for 2011

1/12/2012 // By Kendall Mackey

Polluters have been denying their effect on climate change for too long. One of the reasons that power plants have been able to get away with the amount of greenhouse gas emissions(GHG) is largely in part because we are unable to …

New Mercury Limits Protect Wildlife and People Alike!

12/21/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new air pollution standards that will result in the first-ever national limits on the amount of mercuryspewing from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. Twenty plus years in the making, the new pollution limits …


Trash the Great Lakes? GOP Has an App for That

11/18/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives recently did the Great Lakes a huge disservice. The GOP-led House passed a Coast Guard authorization bill that contained two bad amendments: Weak ballast water regulations, which will allow ocean freighters to carry …

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Coal Ash Spill in Lake Michigan Another Blow to Industry’s “Clean Coal” Propaganda

11/4/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

A massive coal ash spill in Lake Michigan on Halloween was further proof that coal-fired power plants are anything but clean, as the industry claims. It’s bad enough that coal-fired power plants contribute to global warming, kill millions of fish …

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Kissing Cousins vs. Coal: Mining Industry Lawyers Clarify Comments on Inbreeding and Birth Defects in West Virginia

7/11/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Folks living near mountaintop removal mining operations may be at greater risk for birth defects according to a new study by West Virginia University (WVU) researchers. According to co-author Michael Hendryx, Ph.D.: Research related to infants has found that mothers …


Coal, Kids and America’s Classrooms

6/7/2011 // By Jenna Peters

I bet you remember the powerful and persistent Julia Roberts in the Oscar-winning “Erin Brockovich” who is an impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history around the contamination of drinking water.  The southern California town of Hinkley …

EPA’s New Mercury and Air Toxics Standard- Show your Support by sending a Comment Today!

6/6/2011 // By Alex Costakis

A while back, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first ever standards for mercury and other air toxics emissions from coal-fired plants. When I first heard that these pollutants had never been regulated before, I was shocked! Surely they …

Killer Coal Starring in “The Last Mountain”

6/2/2011 // By Mary Ellen Kustin

I was reading through a report last week that the Governor of West Virginia’s independent investigation panel just released their findings on what led to Massey Energy’s coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners last year. Their verdict? Massey Energy’s …

Coal by-products not regulated by the CAA (photo via Seth Anderson, Flickr)

Challenging Coal Curricula That Keep Children in the Dark

5/12/2011 // By Kevin Coyle

A newly-released school lesson plan series on energy tells children about the advantages of coal-burning for electricity but offers our kids an industry-biased view and, sadly, omits some of the most critical parts of the story. UPDATE! On May 16, …

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Moms and Kids Counting on EPA for Cleaner Air

5/4/2011 // By Tony Iallonardo

In the wake of the American Lung Association’s report that 155 million American people live in polluted areas, we can help give young moms, future moms, babies and youngsters cleaner air and good health by supporting the U. S. Environmental …