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LG&E targeted by Sierra Club suit over coal ash overflows

Source: 
The Courier-Journal

The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week, charging that Louisville Gas & Electric has been polluting the Ohio River with water overflowing a coal ash containment pond, The Courier-Journal reports.

Sierra Club: Ky. coal ash pond at risk for disaster

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A coal ash storage site in central Kentucky near Herrington Lake is at risk for a potential disaster, according to a Sierra Club report.

State environmental officials responded Thursday that ground water near the E.W. Brown Generating Station is being evaluated and the ash site is in the process of being cleaned up.

The LG&E-owned power plant near Harrodsburg stores about 26 million tons of coal ash in a 126-acre pond. Ash is no longer dumped at the site.

US should drop solar case against India at WTO, say environmentalists

Source: 
Reuters

The Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are among groups urging the U.S. to drop its case at the World Trade Organization against India and its solar power industry, Reuters reports.

Court backs EPA decision against carbon monoxide standards

Source: 
The Hill

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has backed the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to adopt secondary carbon monoxide standards, dismissing a suit by environmental groups including the Sierra Club, The Hill reports.

Illinois DNR aims to alter coal defender image

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public.

The changes — from closer inspection of coal-ash ponds to better communication with the public to strengthening ethics rules — underscore the daunting task of balancing environmentalists' concerns about an energy source they view with disfavor and fairly treating coal producers in a state that's among the nation's richest in energy reserves.

Green groups say High Court's campaign ruling aids polluters

Source: 
The Hill

Environmental groups protested the Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday to strike down limits on aggregate contributions to candidates, committees and parties, saying the move opens the door for heavy polluters to have more influence on the nation's electoral process, The Hill reports.

Oil

Calley signs bills cutting taxes for oil drilling in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation aimed at encouraging a type of oil drilling using carbon dioxide.

The new laws lower taxes for drilling projects involving carbon dioxide, using it to push oil from wells that otherwise can't be recovered. It's a process that has divided environmental groups. 

The new laws also allow oil and gas companies to construct carbon dioxide pipelines and expand their authority to build them on private property.

Oregon: Groups raise pressure against coal-export proposal

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups stepped up pressure Tuesday on Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to push a state agency to reject permit applications for a proposed coal-export facility on the Columbia River.

The Sierra Club said it has launched radio ads and billboards highlighting health concerns about the Morrow Pacific project. Several hundred activists recently rallied in Portland.

Sierra Club threatens to sue Minnesota Power

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed an intent-to-sue notice against Minnesota Power, alleging violations of soot standards at three coal-fired power plants in northeastern Minnesota.

The environmental group says the utility's own data show that its Boswell, Taconite Harbor, and Laskin plants have violated standards for particulate emissions more than 10,000 times over the last five years.

The Sierra Club also alleges Minnesota Power has violated various other permit requirements related to its operation of pollution control equipment hundreds of times since 2009.

Green coalition looks to counter Koch spending in 2014

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

A coalition of environmental groups including the Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund announced they would spend $5 million in 11 states and three races to counter election spending from Americans for Prosperity, a group funding by the conservative Koch brothers, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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