Tag: SC

Grizzly Bears may be in serious trouble

(SC) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today removed grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone region from the Endangered Species List. The decision comes despite serious concerns in the scientific community about a declining, isolated population with diminishing food resources…

Trump’s EPA boss suspends science

(SC) – Donald Trump’s Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, suspended meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors, a key scientific advisory committee, for the rest of this year. Pruitt has publicly commented that he’d like to staff the…

Standing Rock Sioux File Temporary Restraining Order to Protect Sacred and Culturally Significant Sites

Late Friday, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, filed a motion for temporary restraining order (TRO) against Energy Transfer Partners, to block the company from continuing to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to the filing, the proposed path of the pipeline would cut through and destroy sacred and culturally significant land. Furthermore, this information could be crucial to forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their approval of the permits for the pipeline and conduct a comprehensive environmental review of its path.

Bluer Skies Ahead for Ohio: FirstEnergy Announces Landmark Coal Retirements

Ohio leading Nation in coal retirements; has an opportunity to lead the country in clean energy production and manufacturing.

Today, FirstEnergy (FE) announced it would retire five coal generating units no later than 2020, specifically Units 1 through 4 of its W.H. Sammis Plant and the sole remaining unit of the Bay Shore Plant; totalling 901 MWs of coal retirements. The majority of these units have been front and center in an ongoing two-year fight before the Ohio Public Utilities Commission where FirstEnergy has been trying to secure subsidies from its customers that could be used to keep these aging and ailing coal units open. In a news release, the company also raised the possibility that it could sell the Bay Shore unit instead of simply deactivating it — but FirstEnergy Generation President Jim Lash acknowledged that “[i]t’s no longer economically viable to operate these facilities.”