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Ten coal mining deaths occurred underground and six occurred at surface operations. Main stressed that, to prevent deaths, mine operators must maintain effective safety and health management programs that are constantly evaluated, continue find-and-fix programs to identify and eliminate mine hazards, and provide training for all mining personnel.
Among the measures MSHA has undertaken to prevent mining deaths in coal operations are increasing surveillance and strategic enforcement through impact inspections at mines with troubling compliance histories, enhancing pattern of violations act... More →
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Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped by the largest amount on record last year, upending the notion that the brief decline during the recession might persist through the recovery. Emissions rose 5.9 percent in 2010, according to an analysis released Sunday by the Global Carbon Project, an international collaboration of scientists tracking the numbers. Scientists with the group said the increase, a half-billion extra tons of carbon pumped into the air, was almost certainly the largest absolute jump in any year since the Industrial Revolution, and the largest percen... More →
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June Javelosa reports that almost three years ago, China declared their intentions to wage a war against pollution, a move in direct response to the dire state of the air quality and worldwide efforts to address climate change. Even now, as China announces plans to shut down the construction of more than one hundred coal-fired power plants, some of its major cities are still reeling from the toxic smog that blanketed northern China at the beginning of 2017.

But with the China National Energy Administration cancelling a significant number of its planned coal-fired projects, it looks ... More →
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Ken Silverstein reported that China relies largely on coal to power its economy. But domestic and global environmental pressures are forcing it to look at other options that include nuclear energy and hydro-power. To get there, it needs a lot more foreign participation. By its own standards, China needs to attract 200 billion dollars in private capital by 2030, and will require trillions overall in 20 years, says the International Energy Agency.

The United States and China, together, produce about 42 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. In this country, totals are falling becaus... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that as if we do not have enough problems with our health care system, burning coal for over third of our electricity makes the medical issues even worse. Studies show coal kills ten times more people than any other energy source per kWh produced, and ten times more people in the developing world than in America, as a result of our Clean Air Act. These deaths are mainly from fine toxic particulates emitted from coal plants.

In fact, the Clean Air Act is the single piece of legislation that has saved the most American lives in history, and is why coal kills about 500... More →
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Bobby Magill reports that the amount of electricity generated using coal in the U.S. declined to its lowest level since at least 1970 in November, according to data released this week by the Energy Information Administration. Coal-fired power plants generated 29% of the U.S. electric power supply in November, dropping from nearly 35% in July and 39% for all of 2014.

The trend continues the long decline away from national dominance as the primary source of electricity in the U.S., EIA analyst Glenn McGrath. Coal generation is about as low as it has ever been, he said. It is never be... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that as the White House moves to repeal or gut environmental regulations like the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, we should all be very, very worried. Why? Because the Clean Air Act is the single piece of legislation that has saved the most lives in history. The Clean Air Act is why coal-generated power only kills about 15,000 people a year in the U.S., but kills over 300,000 people a year in China.

According to the World Health Organization, Environmental pollutants kill 1.7 million children each year. But because of our environmental regulations, most of them are ... More →
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide. The standards will slash emissions of these dangerous pollutants by relying on widely available, proven pollution controls that are already in use at more than half of the nation's coal-fired power plants. EPA estimates that the new safeguards will prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks a year. The s... More →
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The New Source Review (NSR) and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) requirements of the Clean Air Act require certain large industrial facilities to install state-of-the-art air pollution controls when they build new facilities or make significant modifications to existing facilities. EPA investigations reveal that many facilities failed to install pollution controls after modifications, causing them to emit pollutants that can impact air quality and public health.

EPA will take action to eliminate or minimize emissions from coal-fired power plants, cement plants, glass ... More →
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EPA and the Department of Justice announced today a consent decree with Arizona Public Service Company, Southern California Edison, El Paso Electric Company, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, and Tucson Electric Power Company, (collectively) including the following documents.

1. Settlement Resources
2. Press Release
3. Consent Decree
4. Overview of Company
5. Violations
6. Injunctive Relief and Pollutant Reductions
7. Health Effects and Environmental Benefits
8. Environmental Miti... More →
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A Carnegie Mellon University study concludes that climate-change-producing pollution from Marcellus Shale Gas development and combustion is significantly lower than that from the mining and burning of coal. According to the study, published Aug. 5 in the peer-reviewed "Environmental Research Letters," greenhouse gas emissions from Marcellus gas used to generate electricity would be 20 percent to 50 percent lower than those for coal. "Shale gas is better than coal when it comes to electricity generation," said Paulina Jaramillo, an assistant research professor in CMU's Engin... More →
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Sonal Patel reports that the new administration has officially announced that the U.S. will exit the Paris Agreement, this leaves China, an economic powerhouse with a population of 1.3 billion people and a colossal demand for electricity, at the helm of the world efforts to mitigate climate change. But while China has been criticized for its historical reliance on coal (as has the U.S.), it remains the worlds largest producer, consumer, and importer of coal today.

Over the past five years, the country has embarked on a remarkable transition to ramp
up environmental measures,... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that coal and natural gas together produce two-thirds of our electricity, almost equally split between them. Nuclear produces 19%, hydro produces 7%, and renewables about 7%. Oil produces even more energy than either coal or gas, but it is used almost entirely for transportation.

So if coal is still producing a third of our electricity, why is the coal industry going bankrupt? Sure, coal used to produce about 50% of our electricity just ten years ago, but 33% is still the largest share of this market, tied with natural gas.

At the end of April, Peabody E... More →
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USGS Fact Sheet FS-095-01, September, 2001
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Shannon Hall reports in Scientific American that after scientists thought they had put the problem to rest, they have once again discovered increasing concentrations of mercury, this time in rainwater. It is a surprising result, says David Gay from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, who is a co-author on the new study. Everybody expected [mercury levels] to continue going down. But his analysis shows that may not necessarily be the case.

The results, recently published in Science of the Total Environment, is surprising because long-term trends had shown a decrease in m... More →
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Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment produced the following summary report.

Energy is essential to our daily lives, and for the past century and a half we have depended on fossil fuels to produce it. But, from extraction to combustion, coal, oil and natural gas have multiple health, environmental and economic impacts that are proving costly for society. Coal carries a heavy burden. The health and environmental hazards stem from exploration, extraction, processing, transport and combustion, and the large waste stream of air and water pollutants generate... More →
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S. HEATHER DUNCAN reports that a federal loan of $2 million to Monroe County will finally be able to provide water to the entire area where many home wells are polluted by uranium. The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority announced that the loan, which is funneled to the county through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, would extend water lines to Pea Ridge, Taylor and Dames Ferry roads. But County Commissioner Patsy Miller, who represents the area, said most of those extensions have already been done, and the new loan will extend water lines to five feeder roads that were not yet cov... More →
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Abrahm Lustgarten reports that football-field-length conveyors constantly feed it piles of coal, hauled 78 miles by train from where huge shovels and mining equipment scraped it out of the ground shortly before. Then, like a medieval mortar and pestle machine, wheels crush the stone against a large bowl into a smooth powder that is sprayed into tremendous furnaces some of the largest ever built. Those furnaces are stoked to 2,000 degrees, heating tubes of steam to produce enough pressure to drive an 80-ton rod of steel to spin faster than the speed of sound, converting the heat of the fires in... More →
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Steven Mufson reports that when coal was king, it fueled more than half of the U.S. electricity. It fired up American industry and powered an ever-growing variety of household appliances and electronics. And American presidential hopefuls paid homage to coal, courting mine owners and miners whose unionized ranks once numbered more than 400,000. President Obama was no exception. As a state legislator in 2004 and again as a U.S. senator, he supported proposals for huge federal subsidies to turn coal into motor fuel and ease American reliance on oil imports. With the right technological innovatio... More →
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Severnini, an economics and public policy researcher at Carnegie Mellon, just published the results of a unique case study about what happens to communities located around new or ramped-up coal power plants. In 2015, he reported that when environmental regulations focus on a subset of power plants, the ultimate goal of human health protection may not be reached. Because power plants are interconnected through the electrical grid, excessive scrutiny of a group of facilities may generate more pollution out of another group, with potential de1eterious effects to public health.

He stu... More →
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Overview of the environmental issues related to coal-bed methane in Montana. Produced in 2001 by the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota.
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Travis McPherson reports that more than three-quarters of China electricity is currently generated by coal. In fact, China burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. They burn coal not only for electricity but also for smelting steel. China produces half of the steel globally, and for baking limestone to make cement. China also produces half of the world cement. The International Energy Agency - IEA - estimates that this trend will not slow. He suggests that Bejing plans to double its coal-power plants in just 25 years. However, other reports suggest that China is backing out of coa... More →
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Tracy Rucinski reports that a U.S. judge formally approved Peabody Energy Corp plan to emerge from bankruptcy late Friday after the coal producer struck a settlement with the U.S. government over legacy environmental claims at a gold and metal mining subsidiary.

Under a last-minute deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, Peabody agreed to create a $43 million trust to manage environmental liabilities stemming from its dormant Gold Fields Mining subsidiary, according to court papers.

This is a great day for Peabody and, more importantly, our multiple stakeholders who ben... More →
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Kelly Levin and Ailun Yang opine that the fossil fuel budget holds the most significant implications for coal. Carbon-dioxide emissions associated with burning coal are the greatest of any fossil fuel, and coal has the highest carbon content among all unburned fossil fuel reserves. Data from the scientific statement shows that additional budgets are needed for the emissions associated with coal reserves alone, leaving no budget for continued use of oil or natural gas. Nuclear needs

Despite these known risks, coal remains a dominant energy source. There are nearly 1,200 new coal-fire... More →
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