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2011-07-21 14:10:00

Two leading American environmental groups said on Wednesday that Ohio tops the list for the top 20 U.S. states with toxic emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants. According to the report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility, electricity generation and chemical processing were the top culprits for dangerous emissions.  Ohio topped the list of 20 states most affected by toxic air pollution, followed by Pennsylvania and Florida. ...

2010-07-23 12:10:00

Marks 20th Settlement Under United States' Power Plant Enforcement Initiative WASHINGTON, July 23, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc., an Indiana electric generation and transmission cooperative, has agreed to install state-of-the-art pollution control technology at its two coal-fired power plants in Indiana, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement, filed in federal court today, will reduce...

2010-05-12 16:48:00

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- We at the American Lung Association were shocked to read language included in the draft American Power Act introduced today by Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman that would unleash a dangerous process to attack life-saving rules on coal-fired power plants and threaten to permit much more air pollution around the nation. The outrageous proposal creates an open door through which millions of tons of life-threatening pollution could be...

2010-01-08 12:55:00

Some parts of the country that haven't had to deal with air pollution and smog, like California has over the past, may soon have to worry about it as well. Tougher standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday will determine how much smog will be tolerated in the air. The new standards would save money and protect the health of our citizens, especially children. In a statement made by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, she said the "EPA is stepping up to protect...

2009-10-01 12:40:00

A new Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Wednesday would require power plants, factories and refineries to reduce greenhouse gases by installing the best available technology and improve energy efficiency whenever a facility is significantly changed or built, The Associated Press reported. The proposal applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year. EPA officials say these large sources are responsible for 70 percent of the...

2006-06-19 14:33:32

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California and 15 other states on Monday challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to set up a "cap-and-trade" system to reduce toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the EPA requirements to cut emissions "fail to protect women and children from a toxic substance that can cause birth defects and learning disabilities." The states and five environmental groups had asked the EPA to...

2005-10-13 18:33:08

By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Thursday proposed changing environmental rules to give U.S. coal-fired power plants more leeway to expand aging facilities without installing expensive equipment to cut air pollution. Utility industry officials applauded the plan, but it drew fire from environmental groups and some states, who said it would make the air dirtier and give energy companies a benefit they failed to get in congressional legislation last...

2005-08-20 09:40:00

WASHINGTON -- Ozone levels are falling in 19 Eastern states where smog has been a recurring problem in summer, helping improve air quality for a third of the nation's population, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The improvement is due to fewer emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which together undergo a chemical reaction in heat and sunlight that forms smog. Some of the major sources are motor vehicle exhaust, industrial plants, gas vapors and chemical...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.