If you go to Bangor, Pennsylvania on a windy day you will notice the soot blowing around town. This is the coal ash that the Portland Generating Station has been dumping into a local quarry for over 20 years. Residents of Bangor breathe it in on a regular basis and it has been linked to asthma, cancer, and neurological poisoning. Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents have experienced the negative health impacts of polluted air and coal ash for too long.
Starting today, we can begin to breathe, eat, and drink a bit easier. The EPA begins enforcement of the Mercury and Air Toxics standard, a 20-year-old mandate that set limits on mercury emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Greenpeace joined public health advocates and communities all around the country in welcoming the EPA’s first-ever limits on mercury emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants. The Mercury and Air Toxics standard also requires a reduction of toxic metals such as arsenic, chromium, nickel, and acid gases that compromise respiratory health.
Every few years, Xcel is required to submit a report to the Colorado electric regulatory board,called the Public Utilities Commission. In this report, Xcel outlines future projects and includes an analysis of their energy needs, future energy demands, and how they will meet those needs.
Charlotte volunteers from Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network got in the holiday spirit this week to send a clear message to Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan: Stop Investing in Coal. Volunteers from the groups sang modified Christmas Carols outside the Charlotte Chamber’s Annual Economic Outlook Conference where the two CEOs were scheduled to speak on the state of the economy.