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Court upholds EPA emission standards


A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

NC sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.

Video: Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good discusses coal ash plans


Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good is speaking out about the company's plans regarding its coal ash basins.

Operators of coal-fired power plants decide how to meet MATS 2015 deadline


Operators of coal-fired power plants throughout the U.S. are creating strategies to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) by the April 2015 deadline.

Missouri County sets coal ash hearing


Ameren Missouri will be in court next week for a three-day hearing over a planned coal ash landfill.

FERC okays waiver related to shutdown of six Virginia Electric coal units


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 26 granted a waiver to Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power related to the upcoming deactivation by the end of this year of coal-fired units at the Chesapeake and Yorktown power plants.

Citizens group wants North Carolina review of Duke gas-fired project


A citizens group, NC WARN, on March 10 asked the North Carolina Utilities Commission to open up a review of a Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) plan for a gas-fired power plant in South Carolina, even though the group conceded that the North Carolina commission has no explicit power to do so.

Duke contemplates retiring additional coal-fired capacity in response to coal ash spill


Duke Energy is considering closing units at two coal-fired plants in response to the coal ash spill at Dan River in North Carolina, according to a report from the Charlotte Business Journal.

Industry witnesses throw cold water on EPA claims about CCS technology


Alstom official: EPA rule would freeze carbon capture technology development

Entergy says workers’ shoes set off radiation monitors at nuclear power plant


Entergy (NYSE: ETR) notified the state of Mississippi and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a leak or spill at the 1,478-MW Grand Gulf nuclear power plant.

More workers were exposed to radiation at WIPP


An additional four employees at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure following a leak in underground storage on site.

Coal ash dams inspected at Duke’s Cliffside Steam Station


North Carolina Dam Safety Program regulators inspected the ash pond structure at Duke Energy’s Cliffside Steam Station.

President requests more than $1bn for EPA to address climate change


The Obama Administration proposed a fiscal year 2015 budget of $7.89 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including more than $1 billion to address climate change and carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Coal-fired emissions control project costs rise to $345mn


Wisconsin Public Service Corp. has upped the price tag of a planned emission controls project on a coal-fired power unit by 25 percent, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

TEPCO wants water samples from Fukushima nuclear plant retested


Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it is asking domestic and international organizations to double check results of 164 water samples collected from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant because of undercounted radiation levels.

Pipeline approved for FutureGen carbon capture and storage project


Illinois regulators approved a 30-mile underground pipeline that would carry carbon dioxide (CO2) from the FutureGen 2.0 clean coal project to a storage site.

Utility picks company to provide coal-fired emissions controls


Cabot Corp. (NYSE: CBT) signed a $6 million contract to provide activated carbon products to an unnamed Northern U.S. power generator for emissions controls at coal-fired power plants.

New leak at Fukushima nuclear plant


A tank at Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant leaked another 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water, the worst incident since August, according to Reuters.

Judge grants AG’s request to intervene EPA lawsuit


On Wednesday a federal judge granted Pruitt’s request; the state now has representation by the attorney general as a settlement is reached. 

Rising natural gas prices to increase use of coal, renewables in 2014


U.S. coal use is expected to increase 4.1 percent in 2014 as natural gas prices continue to climb, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Short Term Energy Outlook.