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Settlement: No longwall mining beneath state park stream in Greene County

Consol Energy has agreed not to conduct longwall mining beneath a section of a southwestern Pennsylvania stream, as part of a settlement it reached with environmental groups. In addition, the company discontinued an appeal of a court decision that blocked it from mining beneath another nearby stream with longwall mining, a method of coal removal [...]

Settlement requires coal plants to get permits with tighter pollution controls

In a settlement with environmental groups, the Pennsylvania Department of Environment agreed to require coal-fired power plants to obtain water pollution permits with tighter controls on toxic releases into rivers and streams that provide drinking water to millions of people. The settlement, filed in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, pertains to 10 coal-fired power plants around the [...]

Listen: Public radio show deals with coal’s uncertain future

The public radio show Truth, Politics and Power took on the tenuous future of coal and coal miners in a recent episode, King Coal. Host Neil Conan spoke with StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Reid Frazier about support President Donald Trump has garnered from coal miners and mining communities in Pennsylvania.

Federal commission kills Trump’s plan to save coal plants

An independent federal commission terminated a Trump administration proposal that would have propped up struggling coal and nuclear plants. On Monday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — an independent body with both Republican and Democratic members – unanimously rejected the Department of Energy’s “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.”

Who will pay for Trump’s plan to save coal?

The Trump administration has asked a federal agency to step in and help save the coal and nuclear industries. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has proposed a rule that will force the electric grids in some parts of the country to basically guarantee profits for coal and nuclear plants. But who will pay for that guarantee? Anyone who gets an [...]

Energy in 2017: Regulatory rollback and environmentalist angst

The priorities set by a new presidential administration dominated energy news in 2017. President Donald Trump and his cabinet set an agenda to “unleash” America’s energy potential, removing the barriers they perceive to be holding back domestic energy production — often to the dismay of the environmental community. Here’s a compilation of the year’s biggest [...]

Coke plant agrees to $1.5 million penalty for air pollution in western Pa. community

The world’s largest steelmaker has agreed to pay nearly $2 million because of air pollution violations at a Westmoreland County coke plant. In a settlement filed Wednesday in federal court in Pittsburgh, ArcelorMittal agreed to pay $1.5 million to state and federal regulators, and donate $300,000 to a local charity to implement clean air programs. [...]

DEP eyes new land for abandoned mine cleanup

Environmental officials in Pennsylvania have long focused on cleaning up the most hazardous old mines, but they plan to start addressing other abandoned mining sites that pose fewer public health dangers. Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, announced Tuesday that his agency is developing a program aimed at converting these spaces [...]

Buoyed by Trump, Some Miners Are Sticking with Coal

At a gymnasium in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Trenton Phillips is looking for a job as a coal miner. Phillips already works at a company that fixes belt lines at coal mines. He’s at a job fair in Greene County today. He passes booths for health care and trucking jobs. He stops only at a booth for [...]

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 [...]

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