Coal Plants http://wesa.fm en Activists Call on City of Pittsburgh to Divest from Fossil Fuel Industry http://wesa.fm/post/activists-call-city-pittsburgh-divest-fossil-fuel-industry <p>Climate change activist Bill McKibben has been spending considerable time in Pittsburgh recently, first for the <a href="http://www.wearepowershift.org/conference/powershift2013">Power Shift 2013</a> conference in October, and on Monday to receive an award from the <a href="http://thomasmertoncenter.org/">Thomas Merton Center</a>.</p><p>The Thomas Merton Center bills itself as “Pittsburgh’s peace and social justice center,” and along with McKibben, they are launching a campaign to pressure the City of Pittsburgh and other regional institutions to divest from the fossil fuel industry.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:48:54 +0000 Liz Reid 19316 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Murphy, Coal Leaders Point to Federal Standards as "Job Killers" http://wesa.fm/post/rep-murphy-coal-leaders-point-federal-standards-job-killers <p>Coal advocates, union leaders, and tradesmen were joined by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-R-18) in the Allegheny County Courthouse’s courtyard to denounce new standards on carbon emissions for power plants.</p><p>Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) &nbsp;proposed new rules to cut carbon emissions for all future coal-fired power plants. &nbsp;Regulations on current plants have not been released yet.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:50:04 +0000 Tim Camerato 18863 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Murphy, Coal Leaders Point to Federal Standards as "Job Killers" Rothfus Introduces Bill to Relax Emissions Standards for Some Coal-Fired Power Plants http://wesa.fm/post/rothfus-introduces-bill-relax-emissions-standards-some-coal-fired-power-plants <p>Much attention has been given to the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent announcement of tough restrictions on emissions from new coal- and gas-fired power plants, but Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) has his sights set on another, earlier EPA rule.</p><p>On Thursday, Rothfus introduced new legislation that would exempt certain types of coal-fired power plants from EPA standards passed last December.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:04:25 +0000 Liz Reid 17072 at http://wesa.fm Clean Water Groups Advocate for Stronger EPA Coal Plant Regulations http://wesa.fm/post/clean-water-groups-advocate-stronger-epa-coal-plant-regulations <p>According to a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wesa/files/201307/ClosingTheFloodgates-Final.pdf">new report</a> from a coalition of environmental and clean water groups, including the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action, at least 20 of 28 coal fired power plants in Pennsylvania discharge toxic coal ash or wastewater. These <a href="http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2013/07/new-report-shows-nearly-all-indiana-power-plants-discharge-toxic-coal-ash-or">plants have no limits</a> on the amount of toxic metals they are allowed to dump in public waters. <a href="http://pennsylvania.sierraclub.org">Kim Teplitzky of the Sierra Club</a> is one of the many concerned citizens calling for more stringent regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency under the <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-clean-water-act">Clean Water Act</a>.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:45:31 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13678 at http://wesa.fm Clean Water Groups Advocate for Stronger EPA Coal Plant Regulations