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  1. Group suing Pacific General Electric over operation of its Pelton Round Butte hydropower project

    Environmental watchdog organization Deschutes River Alliance has filed a citizen suit against Portland General Electric, claiming the operation of the utility's hydroelectric plants on the Deschutes River are in violation of the Clean Water Act. The suit targets PGE's 366.8-MW Pelton Round Butte project, which is a cascade of three generating sites, including the: 247-MW Round Butte, which is the furthest upstream and impounds Lake Billy Chinook; 100.8-MW Pelton, located seven miles downstream from Round Butte Dam; and 18.9-MW Reregulating, 2.5 miles downstream from Pelton. PGE and the project's co-owner, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, built a $108 million fish collection facility and an underwater, temperature-regulating tower in 2009 with the goal of improving fish passage through Pelton Round Butte. However, documents filed by DRA last week with the U.S. District Court in Oregon say the utility has violated standards established by the Clean Water Act regarding dissolved oxygen levels, temperature and other water quality stipulations. DRA is calling for PGE to stop operating Pelton Round Butte in ways it the group claims violate the Clean Water Act, while also asking the utility to provide it with the same reports it gives to the government. The lawsuit also demands that PGE pay for any environmental restoration efforts caused as a result of its alleged violations. PGE said in a response this week that the effort to restore runs for steelhead and salmon is an ongoing and long-term one, though initial results seemed positive , according to a feature on the project in the September 2012 issue of Hydro Review magazine. The company also said it believes it has been operating in compliance with environmental laws, saying it had not been warned of violations by any agencies.  

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  2. Arch Coal unit loses another round against EPA in court

    A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled July 19 that EPA had properly used its “broad veto authority” under the Clean Water Act in connection with a coal mining case in West Virginia 

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  3. Environmentalists, electric utilities eye Richmond coal ash trial

    Central to the case are questions about the scope of the Clean Water Act and whether it applies to tainted groundwater connected to rivers and other surface waters

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  4. Mingo Logan Coal Loses Another Round Against EPA in Court

    Arch Coal subsidiary Mingo Logan Coal has lost another legal round with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal appeals court.

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  1. Cube Hydro buys 210-MW Yadkin hydroelectric project from Alcoa

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  2. Wyoming Federal Judge Sides with States Industry, Strikes Down BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

    On June 21, 2016, the US District Court for the District of Wyoming struck down the US Bureau of Land Management’s hydraulic fracturing regulations, finding that BLM “lacked Congressional authority to promulgate the regulations.” This decision is a win for industry and states’ rights, setting aside ...

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    Fri, 15 Jul 2016

  3. Oil and Gas News: Enbridge reaches $176M agreement for 2010 Michigan oil spill

    Enbridge Energy Partners has reached a $176 million settlement for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history — a pipeline rupture in southwestern Michigan that polluted a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River, federal officials said Wednesday.

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    Thu, 21 Jul 2016

  4. Rate design, Exelon chief Q&A highlights NARUC’s summer committee meetings

    The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners concluded a successful series of summer meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, and adopted several important resolutions across utility sectors

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    Mon, 1 Aug 2016

  5. Enbridge resolves federal charges stemming from 2010 pipeline leaks

    Enbridge Energy Partners LP agreed to pay $177 million to resolve federal charges stemming from 2010 leaks from crude oil pipelines in Illinois and Michigan, the US Department of Justice and US Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced.  

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  6. Coal News: Environmentalists, utilities eye Richmond coal ash trial

    An upcoming federal court ruling in Virginia could have far-reaching effects on how energy companies dispose of coal ash waste left over from decades of burning coal. Spurred by high-profile coal ash spills and new federal regulations, utilities are grappling with the disposal of vast amounts of ...

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  7. Waste-to-Energy News: Decision soon on trash-to-energy facility in Hampden

    Maine's Department of Environmental Protection will decide Friday whether to issue final permits for trash-to-energy company Fiberight, which wants to build a $69 million facility in Hampden.

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    Fri, 15 Jul 2016

  8. PHMSA proposes crude-by-rail response, data-sharing procedures

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration proposed new oil spill response and information procedures for high-hazard flammable trains (HHFT) in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration.

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    Fri, 22 Jul 2016

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