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Activists: Clean up Coke Plant

A group of activists demanded Allegheny County health officials rein in air pollution from the largest coke plant in North America. The Clairton Coke Works is one of the biggest pollution sources in Western Pennsylvania. The Allegheny County Health Department determined the plant violated the terms of its air permits 6,700 times over a 3 ½ [...]

Future in Limbo for Coal Ash Site

A Greene County coal ash landfill won’t be receiving any more coal waste until December, at the earliest. Environmental groups hope the landfill may have seen its last shipment of the waste. As part of a settlement reached between FirstEnergy and two environmental groups in September, the company will be making repairs to its coal [...]

PJM says plan to subsidize coal, nukes, “not workable”

PJM Interconnection, the region’s electric power grid operator says the Trump administration’s proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear is “unworkable.” In comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday, PJM opposes the effort by Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to have utilities compensate coal and nuclear plants that store a 90-day supply [...]

Energy Secretary Rick Perry faces tough sell on coal and nuke subsidies

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry continues to defend his plan to have ratepayers subsidize coal and nuclear production in the face of greater competition from cheap natural gas and growing renewables. Perry took his message to the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia Friday morning. He left quickly, without taking audience questions. Perry’s pitch followed [...]

Two dead and four injured at Pittsburgh area coal plant

Two workers died and four others were injured in an accident at a Pittsburgh-area coal-fired power plant late Tuesday. The accident occurred at FirstEnergy’s Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County, west of Pittsburgh, said company spokesperson Stephanie Walton. “Workers were performing maintenance in an underground enclosure at the Bruce Mansfield plant overnight when the [...]

Remembering the Quecreek Mine Rescue 15 years later

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Quecreek Mine Rescue. From July 24 through the 28, 2002, nine miners were trapped underground in a Somerset County coal mine. All nine men survived the 77 hour ordeal. On WITF’s Smart Talk Monday, former Governor Mark Schweiker and former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David Hess [...]

Longwall mining bill becomes law, angering environmentalists

Gov. Tom Wolf declined on Friday to veto a bill that makes it easier to develop a long-wall coal mine beneath a state park in Greene County, allowing it to become law despite pressure from environmentalists who say it will damage streams. Senate Bill 624 allows the Department of Environmental Protection to issue permits for [...]

Wolf weighs bill that would aid development of long-wall coal mines

Governor Tom Wolf is weighing a bill that would make it easier for an energy company to obtain permits for the controversial process of long-wall coal mining beneath a state park in southwest Pennsylvania but which opponents say could damage streams in the area. Senate Bill 624 landed on Wolf’s desk on Tuesday after being [...]

Trump touts new Pa. coal mine, but rebound in doubt

When President Trump announced the U.S. was pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, he said he was doing it to protect American workers. He gave a shout out to the coal industry, and a surprise mention to the Acosta Deep mine in Somerset County. “A big opening of a brand, new mine. It’s unheard [...]

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