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Sierra Club Marks Milestone as 100th Coal Plant Set to Retire

Sierra Club Marks Milestone as 100th Coal Plant Set to Retire

Sierra Club On Feb. 29 the Sierra Club marked a major milestone in the transition to clean energy as the Fisk and Crawford facilities in Chicago became the 99th and 100th coal-fired plants to announce retirement since January 2010. These iconic Midwest Generation owned plants are two of nine coal-fired plants from Chicago to Pennsylvania […]

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    U.S. EPA Sued for Failure to Issue Air Pollution Standards

    U.S. EPA Sued for Failure to Issue Air Pollution Standards

    Earthjustice The American Lung Association and the National Parks Conservation Association filed a federal lawsuit on Feb. 14 to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete the required review of the need for stronger limits on the amount of soot, smoke and other airborne particles that endanger public health. Airborne particulate matter is […]

    First Energy to Retire Three West Virginia Coal Plants

    First Energy to Retire Three West Virginia Coal Plants

    Sierra Club In a victory for clean air and local residents’ health, Ohio-based First Energy Corp. announced the retirements of three of its coal-fired power plants in West Virginia. The plants are slated to close Sept. 1, 2012. The Feb. 8 news follows last month’s retirements of six of First Energy’s coal plants in Ohio, […]

    Agreement Cuts Pollution on Old, Dirty Coal Plants in Carolinas

    Agreement Cuts Pollution on Old, Dirty Coal Plants in Carolinas

    Southern Environmental Law Center Conservation groups announced a settlement Jan. 17 with Duke Energy that will cut pollution by phasing out more than 1600 mega watts of dirty, old coal-fired power while still meeting customers’ energy needs. The groups reached the settlement in an administrative challenge to the state-issued air pollution permit for construction and […]

    Top Five Environmental Events of 2011

    Top Five Environmental Events of 2011

    Stefanie Penn Spear This year certainly had its big eco-news events. From natural disasters that led to one of the worst nuclear meltdowns on record to an unprecedented assault on environmental protections and regulations in Congress, 2011 felt like we took 10 steps backward on the protection of human health and the environment. Personally, I’m […]

    Why EPA Should Create New Rules for Oil and Gas Waste in 2012

    Why EPA Should Create New Rules for Oil and Gas Waste in 2012

    Natural Resources Defense Council By Amy Mall Used with permission of NRDC – Switchboard With the void of federal protection from toxic oil and gas waste, states can and should create better rules. As I mentioned in a recent blog post, a new West Virginia law takes one tiny step in that direction. From now […]

    Jerome ‘The Bus’ Bettis Advocates for Clean Air Standards

    Jerome ‘The Bus’ Bettis Advocates for Clean Air Standards

    Clean Air Council Retired National Football League (NFL) legend Jerome Bettis met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson Dec. 15, before meeting with members of Congress on behalf of the Clean Air Council (CAC) to advocate for the EPA’s clean air rules. Bettis, an asthmatic, was joined by Katie Feeney, policy […]

    Nation’s Longest Running Fight against Coal Plant Ends

    Nation’s Longest Running Fight against Coal Plant Ends

    Sierra Club The country’s longest-running campaign against construction of a new coal plant ended Dec. 12 as LS Power, a New Jersey-based power company, announced that it will cancel plans to build the Longleaf Energy Station in Blakely, Ga. Sierra Club, Friends of the Chattahoochee and GreenLaw have been organizing against the Longleaf coal plant […]

    Noble Causes Everyone Should Support

    Noble Causes Everyone Should Support

    Stefanie Penn Spear This Thanksgiving, the grassroots environmental movement had many reasons to be thankful. November brought many victories including the delays on the Keystone XL pipeline and fracking the Delaware River Basin. But perhaps what’s most exciting to celebrate is the growing collaboration and current momentum of the environmental movement. I’ve been working at […]