POWER Notebook: Wyoming Moves to Save Coal Plants

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2019 22:28:08 +0000

A Wyoming bill designed to keep coal-fired power plants operating in the state was signed into law by the state’s governor last week, one of several developments worldwide that impacted the power generation landscape in early March. Also in the U.S., the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) defended its hiring of a contractor that led the […]

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Power Companies Refute Findings of Widespread Coal Plant Groundwater Contamination

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:31:43 +0000

An estimated 91% of U.S. coal power plants that submitted groundwater monitoring data as required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2015 Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule have unsafe levels of one or more contaminants, a collaborative analysis of the monitoring data by several environmental groups suggests.  The March 4 report is significant because power […]

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Alabama Power Will Close Century-Old Coal Plant

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:07:00 +0000

An Alabama power plant that has operated for more than a century will close in April, with Alabama Power saying that the cost to comply with government regulations on the handling of coal ash and wastewater no longer make the plant economically viable. Jim Heilbron, Alabama Power’s senior vice president and senior production officer, on […]

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Contamination Found in Water Near Illinois Coal Ash Dumps

Analysis based on testing mostly conducted by energy companies shows that water near all but two coal plants in Illinois is contaminated with toxic waste. The Chicago Tribune on November 28 reported that a compilation of industry-supplied data from 24 Illinois coal plants shows harmful levels of arsenic, chromium, lead, and other heavy metals in […]

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Enviros Dispute State Findings on Coal Ash Spill

Environmental officials in North Carolina say their tests show that coal ash released from Duke Energy’s Sutton power plant in Wilmington during flooding from Hurricane Florence has not had a negative impact on the Cape Fear River. The state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on October 4 said its test results on water samples collected […]

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[UPDATED] Breached Duke Energy Cooling Lake Floods Plant, Enters Cape Fear River

Hurricane Florence floodwaters have breached a cooling lake dam at Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, releasing water into the Cape Fear River and flooding the footprint of the gas plant at the site, which has been shut down.  The company’s latest update signals mounting troubles at the site, where Duke Energy shuttered […]

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Breached Duke Energy Cooling Lake Floods Plant, Enters Cape Fear River

Hurricane Florence floodwaters have breached a cooling lake dam at Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, releasing water into the Cape Fear River and flooding the footprint of the gas plant at the site, which has been shut down.  The company’s latest update signals mounting troubles at the site, where Duke Energy shuttered […]

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