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FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

FirstEnergy Charged In House Bill 6 Scandal, Agrees To $230 Million Penalty

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy will pay $230 million after entering into a deferred prosecution agreement over charges that the company bribed then-House Speaker Larry Householder and former Public Utilities Commission chair Sam Randazzo. The company admitted it “conspired with public officials and other individuals and entities”, according to a release from Acting… Read More

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

Kentucky’s AG Cameron on West Virginia Coal Plant: Close It

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — Environmental and consumer groups have pushed for the early closure of a 50-year-old coal-fired power plant in West Virginia that serves electricity customers in both West Virginia and Kentucky. They have an unlikely ally: Kentucky’s Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron. In a filing last week with the Kentucky Public Service Commission,… Read More

The John Amos power station in West Virginia

West Virginia Coal Plants Need Upgrades. Three States Will Decide Their Fate.

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They’ve towered over the region’s communities for decades. They generated the electricity for homes around the Ohio Valley. They burned coal, a fossil fuel Appalachia has in abundance. But three West Virginia coal-fired power plants owned by Ohio-based American Electric Power may be on borrowed time. The Mitchell Plant in Moundsville, the Mountaineer Plant in… Read More

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Power Switch: Solar Is Heating Up In The Ohio Valley

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — St. Vincent’s Mission has been doing the work of feeding, clothing and sheltering the people of Floyd County, Kentucky, since 1968. “We believe that all persons have a God-ordained right to the basic needs of life in order to meet their full potential,” the mission states on its website. Recently,… Read More

Cecil Roberts, President of United Mine Workers of America

Mine Workers’ Leader Wants To Save Last Coal Jobs As Biden Tackles Climate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts said he’s been hearing the term “just transition” tossed around for more than 20 years as part of the long-running, nearly Sisyphean discussion about climate change, clean energy, and coal country. Simply put: he’s not a fan. “I ask anybody who has been… Read More

A mountaintop removal mine site in southern West Virginia.

New Research: Reclamation of Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells, Mine Sites Could Create Thousands of Jobs

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — In Central Appalachia an estimated 538,000 unplugged oil and gas wells and 853,393 acres of abandoned mine lands sit unreclaimed, often polluting the air and water, and presenting public safety threats. But according to two new reports from the regional think tank Ohio River Valley Institute,  these sites that now pose serious… Read More

National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy in an interview with the ReSource.

White House Climate Advisor Sees A Path To A Clean Energy Transition Through Coal Country

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — For decades now, rhetoric around action on climate change has been about things like saving the planet, or saving polar bears. Just think: How many times have you seen an image of ice crashing into the sea from a melting glacier, or a sad-eyed seal atop a floe, as part of… Read More

Pipeline awaits installation in a natural gas project.

States Sue To Undo Biden Pause On US Oil & Gas Lease Sales

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and a dozen other states are suing the Biden administration to end a suspension of oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General, Jeff Landry, announced the federal lawsuit Wednesday. The suit also seeks a court order that the government go ahead with two offshore… Read More

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Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty To Improper Shipping Of Nuclear Waste

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste at an Estill County landfill has pleaded guilty in federal court to two charges of shipping the waste without the proper labeling. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cory David Hoskins faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up… Read More

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Here Comes The Sun: Solar Moves In, And A Farm Community Wonders About Its Future

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CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The golden hue of the sunset shines across the sky and through the window as a woman drives down Van Meter Road in central Kentucky’s Clark County, passing by green rolling hills and hay bales. In her social media video from early September, Adreanna Wills points out white signs in yards along the… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Lawmakers Propose Several Bills To Repeal, Change HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Several bills have been introduced in the Ohio House and Senate to tackle the controversial nuclear power plant bailout bill, HB6. The measures range from a complete repeal of the bill at the center of a bribery investigation to repealing portions of the legislation. Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) proposed… Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Ohio Valley Natural Gas Counties Get Small Piece Of National Economic Pie

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — An analysis of natural gas production in the Ohio Valley finds that the biggest gas producing counties in the region suffered economically over the past decade compared to the rest of the country, although natural gas production was high. The report released Wednesday by the Ohio River Valley Institute, a nonprofit… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talked to reporters on September 1, 2020, after returning to the House for the first time since his July arrest in a $61 million bribery scheme.

Another Plea Deal In Householder/Nuclear Bailout Corruption Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s another plea deal in the federal corruption case involving Republican former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), the former chair of the Ohio Republican Party and a utility widely believed to be FirstEnergy. That case has been called the largest bribery scandal in state history. The dark money… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

FirstEnergy Agrees Not To Seek Subsidy In Agreement With AG

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced Ohio’s largest electric utility has agreed in a settlement to forgo collection of a guaranteed profit subsidy provision in a now-tainted energy bill. Yost says the subsidy would have allowed Akron-based FirstEnergy to collect $102 million from customers in 2021. Yost’s office sued FirstEnergy in… Read More

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DeWine Rejects List Of PUCO Nominees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is asking for a new list of candidates to potentially chair the state’s utilities regulatory agency. The former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio resigned after the FBI raided his home. DeWine rejected the four candidates named by the PUCO Nominating Council. But he… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

2020 Year In Review – Despite Nuclear Bailout Scandal, Republican Leaders Keep HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House finished the bulk of its work with the Republican speaker saying the chamber will not take any action on HB6. The sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants has been linked to the biggest alleged scandal in Ohio politics. In the course of seven… Read More

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Governor's Office shows Sam Randazzo, of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Governor Was Warned Of Would-be Regulator’s Ties To Utility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine disregarded cries of alarm in early 2019 from consumer and environmental advocates, concerns echoed in a previously undisclosed last-minute plea from GOP insiders, when he was selecting the state’s top utility regulator — a man now under scrutiny as a wide-ranging bribery and corruption investigation roils Ohio. Nearly… Read More

An X-ray image of an Appalachian coal miner with black lung lesions.

Federal Watchdog Finds Coal Safety Regulator Not Protecting Miners From Silica Dust

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OVR) — The Mine Safety and Health Administration is not doing enough to protect coal miners from deadly silica dust, according to a new report from the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General. The IG found that MSHA’s standards for exposure to deadly silica dust were out of date, and MSHA lacked… Read More

A coal silo near the old Marsh Fork Elementary School.

Advocates Say Citizen Mining Complaint Process Weakened By Rule Change

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (OVR) — Environmental and community advocates in Appalachian coal communities are concerned about a new federal rule, finalized this week, that is changing the process that allows citizens to file complaints about polluting coal mining operations. The Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement said in a Tuesday press release that… Read More

Perry Nuclear Power Plant

Columbus, Cincinnati File Lawsuit To Stop New Electric Bill Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Leaders in Columbus and Cincinnati have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop new charges from appearing on electric bills next year created through HB6, which is at the heart of an alleged corruption scandal. Federal prosecutors say a bribery scheme helped get HB6 passed into law. The bill,… Read More

Pipeline awaits installation in a natural gas project.

Drilling Permits Cancelled For Underground Natural Gas Storage Project

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MONROE COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) — Ohio environmental regulators have canceled key permits needed for an underground natural gas liquids storage facility proposed along the Ohio River. According to an order from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, permits to drill three three Class III solution mining wells in Monroe County, Ohio were cancelled on Sept…. Read More