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  1. Energy Industry: Scores of EPA workers object to Trump's pick to lead agency

    Environmental Protection Agency employees and environmental activists gather in Chicago, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, to protest the nomination of Scott Pruitt for administrator of the agency. Pruitt is President Donald Trump's pick to head the agency. (AP Photo/Carla K. Johnson) CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of current and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are speaking out against President Donald Trump's pick to head the department. About 300 people, including scores of EPA employees, rallied Monday across the street from the agency's regional headquarters in downtown Chicago to oppose Scott Pruitt's nomination. Nearly 450 former EPA officials also signed a letter sent to the U.S. Senate saying that Pruitt is the wrong man for the job. It said Pruitt's record "raises serious questions about whose interests he has served to date and whether he agrees with the longstanding tenets of U.S. environmental law." Senate Democrats boycotted a committee vote on Pruitt's nomination last week, citing the 14 lawsuits he filed as Oklahoma's attorney general to overturn air and water regulations issued by the very agency he now hopes to lead. Pruitt, who raised campaign money from the oil and gas industry, has also questioned the validity of climate science showing carbon emissions are the primary cause of climate change. Despite the no-show by Democrats, committee Republicans voted unanimously to send Pruitt's nomination to a likely vote before the full Senate in the coming days. He is expected to be confirmed along largely party lines. Sen. John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said through his spokesman on Monday that he continues to believe Pruitt is highly qualified to lead EPA and that he is "confident in his commitment to help the EPA better meet its mission to protect the environment — ensuring clean water, air, and land — while also pursuing policies that will enable our economy to grow." Neither the EPA nor the White House responded to requests for comment on Monday. At the rally in Chicago, EPA employees and their supporters waved signs that read "Stop Pruitt" and "Save EPA." "I think Pruitt will shackle us," said Sherry Estes, an EPA enforcement attorney. She said employee morale within the agency has plummeted since the election of Trump, who campaigned on pledges to eliminate the agency and roll back environmental protections. "It's horrible. People are scared. People are depressed. People who were recently hired and have babies or just bought a house are scared they'll be laid off," said Estes, who said she was unafraid to speak out because she is close to retirement. Though the White House has not yet revealed the president's plans for EPA, the former leader of Trump's transition team at the agency told The Associated Press he would like to see the workforce cut in half. Jeff Ruch, executive director of the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said to his knowledge it was the first time current EPA employees had publicly criticized Pruitt or the Trump administration's approach toward the agency. "Between Scott Pruitt and the EPA workforce, you have a mutual lack-of-admiration society," Ruch said.

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    Wed, 8 Feb 2017

  2. Coal News: Claims coal-fired plant polluted river: utility faces trial

    Environmental groups are taking the Tennessee Valley Authority to trial over waste ash from an aging coal-fired power plant northeast of Nashville, saying it polluted the Cumberland River in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  3. Coal Ash From Chesapeake Reported Vulnerable

    3.3 million tons of ash are stored in pits, two-third of which are unlined, at the site of Chesapeake Energy Center, which was closed by Dominion Virginia Power in 2014 after over 60 years of operations.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  4. Coal News: Report warns of increasing vulnerability for coal ash pile

    Researchers have found that millions of tons of coal ash stored along the Elizabeth River will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding and other coastal risks.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  1. Coal News: Trial to consider coal pollution from BNSF coal trains

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  2. Renewable Energy: US Sen. Markey: Trump's win has galvanized environmentalists

    U.S. Sen. Edward Markey warned that any effort by President-elect Donald Trump to roll back renewable energy regulations will face fierce opposition from a newly galvanized environmental movement.

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  3. Oil and Gas: Environmental groups seek to defend federal methane rule

    Environmental groups are seeking to defend a new federal rule that would restrict how oil companies burn off excess natural gas extracted from public lands.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  4. Trump rollback of Obama energy plans may be difficult

    Environmental groups are gearing up to defend Obama's environmental legacy in court

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  5. Coal News: Washington state denies sublease for coal export terminal

    Washington's outgoing public lands commissioner said Tuesday he is refusing to allow the state's aquatic lands to be used for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River. But the company behind the proposal insisted the decision would have no effect on its plans.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  6. Coal News: Duke starts removing coal ash from Anderson County site

    An environmental group says Duke Energy has started to remove more than three tons of coal ash from a site near the Saluda River in Anderson County.

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  7. VIDEO: 20 Duke Energy coal ash basins classified high to intermediate risk

    The state says the classifications are subject to a public comment period and aren't final

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    Fri, 1 Jan 2016

  8. Coal News: Gubernatorial hopeful's coal mines settle with feds

    Federal officials have reached a settlement requiring $5 million in upgrades to prevent further pollution by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice.

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    Mon, 3 Oct 2016

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