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The U.S. Attorney for Kentucky’s Western District unsealed eight fraud indictments Wednesday against employees of the bankrupt Armstrong Energy coal company for falsifying dust monitoring samples in two Kentucky mines. “What the grand jury is charging and what the United States will prosecute is lying and cheating by a coal company to prevent the appropriate… Read More
Starbucks announced on Monday that it plans to get rid of plastic straws in its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. Instead, the company said it plans to use recyclable plastic lids that allow sipping.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio will spend the millions it receives from a national settlement over Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal on technology aimed at reducing air pollution. The state will spend more than half of its $75 million share from a nearly $3 billion settlement on cleaner-running vehicles such as public school buses, public transit… Read More
Nutrients in crops fall as carbon dioxide rises. People who don’t get enough of the right nutrients are more likely to get sick. Researcher have now estimated the effects.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A coal waste plant at risk of shutting down in West Virginia is hoping to stay open through state proceedings. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Grant Town Power Plant’s owner, American Bituminous Power Partners, has teetered on the verge of bankruptcy, according to company filings. In May, the state Public Service… Read More
A bill that would overhaul the way Ohio mandates the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency is likely to get a vote in the Senate this week. The bill would take the amount of renewable energy the state requires to be on the grid, and cut it by a third. The measure gives more… Read More
A new study finds that oil and gas operations are leaking 60 percent more methane than previously reported by the federal government.
The Ohio Health Registry will hold its first Southeast Ohio registration in Athens on June 23rd. We will be collecting health data from people of all ages who live, work, or go to school near gas and oil infrastructure. Researchers need this data in order to research how living near injection wells, compressor stations, well… Read More
The Trump administration today released a politically charged study on the health impacts of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals, including the compound known as C8, which has been detected in some water systems in the Ohio Valley. The draft report, released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry(ATSDR), finds these fluorinated chemicals, which are used in… Read More
They’re known as ‘climate refugees.’ But there’s not even an international definition for them, let alone recognition or protection.