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Air quality still poor in Columbus; EPA gives metr...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a three-year deadline for the Columbus metro area to come into compliance with revised Clean Air Act standards. “Most recently, EPA has promulgated designations for the 2015 ozone standard, which became effective on (Friday),” said Joshua Singer, a spokesman for the federal agency, in a statement emailed to The Dispatch. The Columbus metro area, which includes Franklin,...

Trump Administration Prepares a Major Weakening of...

The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it. The proposal would not eliminate the mercury regulation entirely, but it is designed to put in place the legal justification for the...

EPA Exodus: Nearly 1,600 Workers Have Left Since T...

Since President Donald Trump took office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has seen an exodus of nearly 1,600 former federal employees, including some who say they “did not want to any longer be any part of this administration’s nonsense” and believed they “could do better work” elsewhere, according to a new report from the Washington Post. “I felt it was time to leave given...

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Re...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. Methane, which is among the most powerful greenhouse gases, routinely leaks from oil and gas wells, and energy companies have long said that the rules requiring them to test for emissions...

Trump to Roll Back Obama-Era Methane Rules

The Trump administration is planning to roll back Obama-era rules on methane emissions from oil and gas production, the New York Times reported Monday. Documents reviewed by the Times show that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning as early as this week to significantly relax two-year-old regulations on how often drillers must monitor and repair methane leaks, and let producers in states with lax methane...

Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will h...

Citing the administration’s own analysis, environmental advocates say the Clean Power Plan replacement will ‘make things worse.’ Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis of the proposal, they add. And while...

Dire Climate Change Warnings Cut From Trump Power-...

Warnings about potentially severe consequences of climate change were deleted from a Trump administration plan to weaken curbs on power plant emissions during a White House review. Drafts had devoted more than 500 words to highlighting the impacts — more heat waves, intense hurricanes, heavy rainfalls, floods and water pollution — as part of the proposal to replace Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas...

Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a drive...

Low air quality, even at pollution levels well below current Environmental Protection Agency thresholds, is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers Kelly C. Bishop, Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Jonathan D. Ketcham of Arizona State University cross-referenced more than a decade of...

How a Family Surrounded by Shale Gas Plants Took A...

Allen Young and his family are surrounded. They can see three sizable natural gas plants–operated by Dominion and Energy Transfer Partners–without taking a step off their property. Over the past three years, these facilities have taken over the boomerang-shaped ridge less than a half-mile from the Young’s home in Powhatan Point, Ohio. Soon after the compressor stations went into operation, Allen, his wife and two...

Air Pollution Shortens Human Life by One Year, on ...

In a summer marked by air quality alerts as wildfires rage in the western U.S., a study has been published finding that air pollution lowers the average lifespan by one year worldwide. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Aug. 22, was the first to assess the impact of particulate matter pollution smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) on human life expectancy on a per country basis, ScienceNews...

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: Help for ...

President Trump promised to revive the fortunes of coal country. “Trump digs coal,” read the signs at his rally last week in Charleston, W.Va., where he touted plans to keep his pledge. He proposes to relax pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, the regulatory relief improving their prospects in an era of cheap natural gas and more competitive wind and solar. That means seeking to roll back the Clean Power Plan put...

Redirecting Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout to Fu...

Bailout money could be better used to cover gaps in tax revenue, help workers retrain for new jobs, and fuel economic development in affected communities. FirstEnergy offers a case for a proactive transition plan. Coal and nuclear facilities are facing a tough economic reality in the United States. Competitive power markets are oversupplied, while natural gas and renewable energy are undercutting coal and nuclear on cost....

Experts: Coal’s decline imminent, with or without ...

A little more than two years ago, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Charleston for a rally and made a promise to West Virginia’s coal miners: “We’re going to put the miners back to work, we’re going to put the miners back to work. We’re gonna get those mines back open,” Trump said in 2016. As the Trump administration continues to promise a rebound to the coal industry by walking back Obama administration...

Trump Power Plant Plan Will Significantly Increase...

The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to propose a major rollback of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature climate policy. The replacement will relax rules for coal-fired plants and will very likely increase air pollution and planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions. The new plan, as the Washington Post reported, would allow states to set their own coal emission standards or even opt-out...

Panel: Methane leak capture could add millions to ...

Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to find and fix most methane leaks at little or no cost to their bottom lines, according to experts on a recent panel at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Better still: leak detection could create new jobs and revenue, boosting the state’s economy and helping to curb a potent greenhouse gas responsible for about a quarter of manmade global warming...