Clean Air Measures Will Protect Families, Help Move Arizona.

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South Florida Citizens Demand Rubio Support Climate Action » Clean Air Measures Will Protect Families, Help Move Arizona Beyond Coal. Toxic air pollution from the Apache, Coronado, and Cholla coal plants kills dozens and hospitalizes hundreds each year. Health expenses linked to these plants surpass $300 million each year. The safeguards will put in place equipment used in more than 200 other coal plants across the U.S. Compass.

Big Clean Air Victory in Indianapolis

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After a two-year campaign by 50 organizations in the Power Indy Forward Coalition , Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) has announced its intention to stop burning coal at its downtown Harding Street power plant  in 2016 and close the unlined coal ash lagoons at the plant, located on the city's south side. "Harding " [Note: Coal plants are made up of one or more boilers, or "units" -- Harding Street has three.


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North Omaha Residents Win Major Clean Air and Climate Victory

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In North Omaha, Nebraska, local residents just won a powerful, inspiring victory to move their utility beyond coal. After years of amazing community activism from local parents, business owners, residents, citizen groups, and community leaders, last week the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve plans to not only phase out the use of coal at its North Omaha coal-fired power plant, but also to ramp up energy efficiency.

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Mass. Activists Cheer Coal Plant Retirement, Call for Transition Plan

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Tom coal plant , knowing that its significant air pollution will soon end. Last week the plant's owners, GDF Suez, announced that the plant will cease operations in October 2014. For years members of these groups have been writing letters, holding rallies, protesting, speaking at public hearings, and more to urge the retirement of the plant because of its public health and environmental effects. "The Tom site is fully cleaned up. "I

A Big Win for Clean Air in Pennsylvania - and Nationwide!

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Coal pollution contains all sorts of nasty, dangerous things, but one of the worst pollutants is sulfur dioxide. Up until now, only one of the coal plant's boilers had any ability to limit sulfur dioxide pollution! According to the Clean Air Task force, pollution from Homer City causes 43 premature deaths every year. This victory sets an important standard for other clean air fights across the country.

Kentucky's Coal Challenges -- Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

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This week's column focuses on some big coal-related news items out of the Bluegrass State, where some inspiring Beyond Coal activists are making waves.   That good decision news comes along with a bad one: A Kentucky judge just ruled that a mountaintop- removal coal mine in Knott County does "not significantly affect the quality of the human environment."   Finally, we switch to the Kentucky coal industry's air pollution.

Arizona: Fight for Clean Air and Clean Energy Inspires a Family of Activists

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Kathy Mohr-Almeida and her daughter Anna (pictured at the right) - along with millions of others in Arizona and surrounding states - could breathe a little easier if the Environmental Protection Agency steps up to enforce the Clean Air Act protections for Navajo Generating Station, one of the biggest polluters in Arizona. The 2,250-megawatt NGS, near Page, Arizona, is the largest and dirtiest coal plant in the state. is clean energy. Coal Coal-Director Health

Waterways Need Better Protections From Coal Plants

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The Sierra Club, Delaware Riverkeepers , and the Clean Air Council won some airtime in Pennsylvania during the Independence Day holiday weekend by hosting a press conference that featured a "living mural" backdrop calling for the EPA to finalize strong standards on toxic discharges from coal plants and clean up waterways. One thing that really motivated us was learning that four out of five coal plants in the U.S.

Amazing Chicago Coal, Clean Air Activist Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

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The Little Village community is primarily Latino, and is located next to one of the most notorious, polluting coal-fired power plants in America. As a woman of color on the frontlines of the fight to stop the pollution, Kim not only served as an inspiration to many others, but she also led a winning campaign that ultimately secured the retirement of not one, but two, deadly coal plants. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health Safe and Healthy Communities

Maine Town Tells Coal Plant to Clean Up Its Act

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Every week it seems like yet another small town gets fed up with the coal industry and demands action. This week's fantastic example comes from Eliot, Maine, where Tuesday night residents voted 906 to 560 to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate dangerous sulfur dioxide pollution coming from the Schiller Station coal plant just across the border in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. " The people of Eliot have spoken; Schiller should clean up its act.

Grassroots Activists Across the Globe Condemn World Bank President’s Continued Support of Tata Mundra Coal Plant

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After a yearlong investigation, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), the independent accountability mechanism at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), issued a damning report that found serious lapses in the IFC’s $450 million loan for the 4,000-megawatt Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant in Gujarat, India. Coal International Photo credit: BIC.

Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

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The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. My name is Nick Mullins and I am a 4th generation former underground coal miner from Southwestern Virginia. It also came at the expense of clean water and clean air for future generations. Coal Dirty Fuels Energy Solutions Health Politics

Five Things Northwest States Should Know About the Federal Clean Power Plan

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Last fall I described how President Obama’s draft federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) gave Oregon and Washington a chance to leap into a clean energy future. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is the progeny of the US Supreme Court’s 2007 holding that the Clean Air Act covers greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Air Act uses a “ cooperative federalism ” approach; EPA sets goals for each state.

Filthy and Over-Budget? Let the Public Pay For It! - Compass

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Clean Air Measures Will Protect Families, Help Move Arizona Beyond Coal » Filthy and Over-Budget? A fight over a new coal plant in Mississippi that is heating up this week offers a powerful example of the high cost of coal, both for our wallets and our health. The nearly $3 billion plant is saddled with hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns and is several months behind schedule. Coal-Director. Compass.

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Angry in Indy: Activists Take On Big Coal's Plan to Raise Rates.

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Clean Energy Continues to Break Records, Lead the Way » Angry in Indy: Activists Take On Big Coals Plan to Raise Rates. Big Coal got a rude awakening recently after angry customers and clean-air advocates in Indiana filled a public hearing after Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) released a proposal to increase rates. Indy is ready to move beyond coal." Coal-Director. Compass.

How Science Prevailed Over the Politics of Climate Change

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to apply the Clean Air Act to greenhouse gases fueled this debate. Existing plants are grandfathered into the new standards. Natural gas facilities have the distinct advantage over coal power plants in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. Climate Change coal plants greenhouse gas emissions natural gas Perhaps no topic has aroused such passion and fury on both fronts as climate change. The decision by the U.S.

The environmental record of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry

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The former Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, who proudly said he was a “ coal booster &# and his (joke to a) Vice President Sarah Palin who in the elections couldn’t even name a single man-made cause to climate change, supported a cap-and-trade system in the previous election. Perry has also tried to fast-track permits for 11 new coal plants in Texas. You end up polluting and putting just as much CO2 in the air because the big energy users go there.

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Iowa Activists Push Country Beyond Big Coal Milestone - Compass

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» Iowa Activists Push Country Beyond Big Coal Milestone. Last week, the Sierra Club and anybody who loves clean air celebrated a milestone after a landmark settlement in Iowa pushed the total amount of coal generation retired since 2010 in the U.S. Clean air, clean water, and a booming clean-energy economy are part of an Iowa legacy that I want to leave for my children and grandchildren," says Pam Mackey Taylor, Chapter Energy Chair of the Sierra Club in Iowa.

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Asheville Votes to Move Beyond Coal

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That's right, Asheville, North Carolina, can now join the ranks of cities that have chosen to move beyond coal. On Tuesday night the city council voted UNANIMOUSLY to move the city from coal-fired electricity toward a clean energy future. This move by the city council is the right choice for clean air, clean water, and the local economy. opportunity for Duke Energy to do right for its workers at the coal. Chicago. Los Angeles. Austin.

Supreme Court: One State's Coal Pollution Not Allowed to Make Another State's Families Sick

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In a huge victory for public health, today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case considering the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which is designed to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Air pollution from power plants doesn’t stop at the state line, and without this strong safeguard, communities living downwind from coal plants would have suffered greater exposure to severe health problems.

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Marx was an efficiency freak?

Environmental Economics

In a major victory for benefit-cost analysis: In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the smog from coal plants that drifts across state lines from 28 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast. The 6-to-2 ruling bolsters the centerpiece of President Obama’s environmental agenda: a series of new regulations aimed at cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants.

A Parent and Faith Leader's Perspective: Why We Need Strong Smog Standards

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As the father of an asthmatic child, and as a person of faith, I'm grateful for the Clean Air Act. Last fall, Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) complained that, in enforcing the standards of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has "overreached" its authority. It's another bad air quality day where I live, and Aaron is having yet another asthma attack. We should not have to wait decades for clean air.

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Climate and Clean Energy Events Nationwide: Fighting for Environmental Justice in Omaha

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North Omaha, Nebraska, is home to one of the dirtiest coal plants in the nation, the North Omaha coal plant operated by Omaha Public Power District. The NAACP ranked it the 16th worst environmental justice offender in the nation (although with recent coal plant closures and retirements, it''s now in the top ten). This coal plant is poisoning the air in the neighborhood. Another reason moving beyond coal in Nebraska is so exciting?

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150 Plants Retired: Another Major Milestone Hit in Moving Beyond Coal

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Today, the Sierra Club and a growing coalition of over 100 allies announced the retirement of the nation''s 150th coal plant. This is a huge milestone in the ongoing campaign to move the country beyond coal by 2030. Meet retiring coal plant #150: Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. It''s a massive 1,500 megawatt plant that is the largest remaining coal plant in New England, and it''s one of the biggest polluters in the state.

Tennesseans Keep Up the Pressure to Move Beyond Coal

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The Tennessee Valley Authority's Allen coal plant, one of the biggest polluters in Memphis, is feeling the heat, thanks to a strong grassroots turnout by Beyond Coal Campaign organizers and supporters at a recent Shelby County Health Department public hearing. Families and communities are tired of the fact that air pollution levels in the county exceed Environmental Protection Agency safeguard standards. Coal Health Safe and Healthy Communities

Forests can bounce back after acid rain

Green Prophet

So in the 60s and even into the 70s, before the American Clean Air Act of 1970 came into full effect, rainfall over the United States and Canada was full of acid. Coal plants can also actually cause rain. Acidic soil can bind nutrients so that plants can’t get them.

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Holding Big Coal Accountable in Illinois

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The Edwards coal plant in Peoria, Illinois, will have a lot to explain thanks to a lawsuit that highlights more than 1,000 Clean Air Act violations. At a press conference last week, nearly 20 volunteer leaders and clean-air advocates gathered to spell out the violations, which have happened over the past five years. Sierra Club Organizer Kady McFadden said if controls aren't put in place, the plant should retire. "If

David Keeps Winning: 10 Recent Victories That Will Give You Hope for the Planet

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That's the word I repeated over and over this summer, as news rolled in of one clean energy victory after another. These are David and Goliath campaigns, led by community groups fighting for the health of their families, for clean air and water, and for a safe climate.   Each one of these campaigns represents a major victory for local families, who point to these coal projects as threats to the safety of their kids and communities.

The official Environmental Economics blog analysis of the EPA's climate rules (er, from Common Resources)

Environmental Economics

Nathan Richardson: [Monday], EPA announced proposed performance standards for existing power plants under the Clean Air Act (also known as the existing source performance standards, or ESPS). 3) Coal and Gas. The proposal does envision shifting from coal to gas – probably the lowest-cost emissions reduction opportunity available in the US economy (assuming, of course, that fugitive methane emissions from gas operations are not too high).

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Climate Brothers (this would be a great show on HGTV. sell your flood prone home at a bargain price or raise it and keep living there)

Environmental Economics

By the late 1970s, when an increasing number of scientists were raising the threat of global warming, Bill wrote a paper proposing a tax on industries and businesses based on the amount of carbon they emitted into the air. Here the work of Bob comes in: Mr. Obama tried but failed to push a carbon-pricing bill through Congress in his first term, which is why he has turned to Bob’s section of the Clean Air Act as the legal underpinning for the regulation due out in June.

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The EPA Must Protect Our Water From Coal Pollution

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Here's a pretty shocking fact: While many of us know that coal-fired power plants create significant air pollution, it turns out they're one of our biggest water polluters, too. In fact, as we've developed technologies that take more toxins like mercury out of coal plant smokestacks, that pollution isn’t just disappearing. Coal plants have caused nasty fish kills and their poison builds up in fishing lakes and reservoirs.

As scientists sound the alarm on climate, a reason for hope

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as we make the transition to clean energy, we’re not just cleaning up the air and water, but we''re also saving money on our electric bills. So it''s more than a little infuriating to hear the dirty fuels industry complain about the expense of cleaning up its pollution , when we know that clean alternatives are available and affordable. Since 2010 when Sierra Club and allies launched our campaign focused on existing coal plants, 179 coal plants across the U.S.

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David Keeps Winning: Game-Changing Month for Clean Energy

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That's the word I've been repeating over and over this month, as news has rolled in of one clean energy victory after another. These are David and Goliath campaigns, led by community groups fighting for the health of their families, for clean air and water, and for a safe climate. Each one of these campaigns represents a major victory for local families, who point to these coal projects as threats to the safety of their kids and communities.

Country's Largest Public Power Provider Takes Next Major Step to Move Beyond Coal

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Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced it will retire coal boilers at three of its coal plants in Alabama and Kentucky. Retiring these coal boilers means less pollution in the air and water in the southeast U.S. According to the Clean Air Task Force, the Colbert coal plant in Alabama alone contributed to 940 asthma attacks, 83 heart attacks, and 57 deaths per year. Coal Coal-Director Health

At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

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Late Wendesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations compelling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize safeguards against coal ash pollution by the end of this year. If the final protections are strong, getting them over the finish line will be a major victory for public health, safe communities, and clean water. This coal ash standard is a big one.

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What is Solnarnia? It Sounds Like a Fairy Tale, but It’s More Than That…

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Now imagine a perfect holiday destination; a peaceful place where you can swim in crystal-clear waters, breathe clean air, enjoy amazing food served by hospitable locals, explore countless islands and walk on exotic beaches. This place is called Solarnia, a Mediterranean paradise completely powered by clean and safe energy. Sign the petition here to convince Mediterranean authorities to make changes regarding clean energy. Image from Flickr user Hernan Piñera.

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Children’s Health on the Line as EPA Updates Smog Pollution Levels

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Environmental Protection Agency on air quality standards gave its recommendation on an acceptable range for protecting public health from smog pollution. The good news is the announcement means we’re one step closer to stronger protections from this dangerous air pollution. For those of us fighting for clean air for all children, this means we’ll have to double-down on our efforts to ensure EPA adopts a standard that will protect all kids. Coal Coal-Director Health

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A Big New Milestone Reached in Coal Retirement, Public Health.

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Los Angeles Announces Coal-Free By 2025 Goal » A Big New Milestone Reached in Coal Retirement, Public Health, Climate Disruption. Millions of Americans are breathing easier these days as we announce that the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign has crossed the halfway mark toward meeting our goal of securing the retirement of a third of the nation ' s coal-fired power. coal plants -- by 2015. Coal-Director. Compass.

Clean Energy: Making Better Economic Sense and Keeping the Heat On During the Polar Vortex

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Clean energy continues to make the news nationwide as solar and wind power continue expanding at an exponential rate. " That's the ruling from a judge in a case about whether Xcel should replace its Minnesota Black Dog coal plant with natural gas or solar. Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission must still approve the plan, but it's great news for clean energy and clean air and water. Coal Energy Solutions Health Natural Gas

Smog Pollution Standards: Because Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn On Your Lungs

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This is why the Sierra Club is so adamant in urging the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, which provides independent advice to the Environmental Protection Agency, to recommend a strong, science-based standard to protect Americans from smog ( you can read our comments right here - PDF ) Right now the EPA is updating the country''s smog pollution limits as required by the Clean Air Act. It’s time to clean up our air and protect our families.

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Ontario, Canada, Goes Coal-Free

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Today, Ontario retired their last coal-fired power plant. Part of a bold plan launched by former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2003 to cut pollution in the province, this is great news for everyone who loves clean air and is working to provide a safe and liveable planet for future generations.   What's more, the steps Ontario has taken over the past decade to retire its five coal-fired power plants is a great guide for the U.S.

Clean Energy Summit Highlights Nevada's Energy Shift

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One year ago at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, Senator Harry Reid joined the Moapa Band of Paiutes in calling for the retirement of the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant. At this year's summit, the message wasn't just about celebrating its retirement, but also reaffirming the state's momentum in becoming a clean-energy leader.  Last year, Senator Reid called on the state to quit coal for good. What a difference a year makes.

Five Senators Urge President Obama To Address Climate Change with Tough Standards on Carbon From Power Plants

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As the the impacts of climate change grow more severe, the pressure mounts on President Obama to address climate change by curbing the country’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions: coal-fired power plants.  In April, the Obama administration missed a key deadline for finalizing carbon pollution standards from new power plants. Coal Energy Solutions Safe and Healthy Communities Extreme weather is here once again.