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Fatal gas leak at Pittsburgh-area power plant draws OSHA fines

Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Shippingport, Pa. Photo: Reid R. Frazier

UPDATE: FirstEnergy has contested its OSHA citation. Spokeswoman Stephanie Walton said in an email on March 20: “The notice of contest is a standard step in the settlement process as FirstEnergy continues to work with OSHA to understand their findings and communicate steps already taken.” Original story: The Department of Labor has fined a power [...]

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 [...]

Vulnerability of electric grid spurs upgrades and warnings

Utility officials on two sides of the state spent Tuesday discussing ways to modernize and secure the nation’s electric grid. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covered FirstEnergy Corp.’s plans to spend $2.8 billion to upgrade four of its Ohio and Pennsylvania utilities with “smart grid” technology – sensors and controls on power lines and transmission stations that [...]

As Part Of Agreement, Beaver County Pushes Energy Supplier

FirstEnergy is attempting to count all of Beaver County as its “friends and family.” That’s one dynamic of a new agreement between the county and energy supplier that has county commissioners using official letterhead to promote the utility. The Beaver County Times reports: BEAVER — Don’t be shocked if you received a letter from the [...]

DEP Orders Shut Down of Country’s Largest Coal Ash Pond

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection filed a lawsuit and consent decree in federal court seeking to shut down a coal ash dump on the border of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. First Energy’s Little Blue Run coal ash impoundment pond in Beaver County takes toxic sludge from the company’s Bruce Mansfield coal burning [...]

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