Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

PUCO Rejects Deal To Have Ratepayers Subsidize a Coal-Fired Power Plant

"The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio made history Wednesday in a ruling refusing to allow AEP Ohio to saddle ratepayers with extra charges to subsidize the continued operation of a 1950s-era coal-fired power plant that it owns along with FirstEnergy and other state utilities."

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 02/27/2015

"EPA: Civil Rights Advocates Despair After Decades of Agency Inaction"

"FLINT, Mich. -- In 1994, activists opposing the construction of a wood-fired power plant here asked U.S. EPA for help, arguing the project would spew toxic pollutants into their poor, largely African-American neighborhood."

Source: Greenwire, 02/20/2015

"Local Governments Cannot Regulate Fracking, Ohio Supreme Court Rules"

"Lamenting that the 'oil and gas industry has gotten its way,' Ohio Supreme Court Justice William M. O’Neill has tongue-in-cheek visions of drilling rigs rising amid the homes of Upper Arlington. By a 4-3 vote, the justices ruled that the state has 'exclusive authority' and that cities and counties can neither ban nor regulate fracking through zoning laws or other restrictions."

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 02/20/2015


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