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Cleaning Up Coal's Legacy of Fires and Landslides

There are thousands of old problem mines throughout Appalachia. Sometimes, they even catch fire.

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Part 1: Coal's Messy Legacy

Let’s take a 300 mile trip together along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Going west to east, you’ll see sights like coal piles, windmills, cooling towers, solar panels, and refineries. These tell a vivid tale about energy in Pennsylvania: its past, its present… and a future that might be shaped by new federal rules on climate change. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick begins our Turnpike trip with a look at… coal.

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Quakers Hound PNC to Shut Out Mountaintop Mining

While most activist shareholder resolutions this year have focused on pushing companies to reveal methane emissions, the Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank continues to face pressure from a Quaker group to eliminate any investment in mountaintop removal mining.

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How Will EPA’s New Carbon Limits Impact Coal In PA?

When it comes to energy in Pennsylvania, it may seem like it’s all about natural gas, right? In fact, coal is still one of the state’s main sources of electricity, but that’s starting to change.

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Small Town Residents on Coal Plant Closures

The Mon Valley communities of Monongahela and New Eagle are the back yards of FirstEnergy’s Mitchell coal-fired power plant, which is one of two plants recently placed on the chopping block. The Allegheny Front talked to residents about what they think about the plants closing, and if air quality is a concern for them.

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FirstEnergy Coal Plant Closures Complex

Are the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards that are supposed to save lives and health care costs to blame for hundreds of lost jobs?  The story behind the closure of coal plants in southwestern Pennsylvania may not be so cut and dried. 

 

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Is Natural Gas Running Coal Off The Grid?

For decades, coal has been a steady, reliable source of fuel for electricity.  But a contender to has joined the mix: natural gas, fed by new hydraulically-fractured wells across the country.  Can natural gas lower carbon emissions for electricity generation?

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Obama's War on Coal: Political Spin Or Reality?

During this election year, pro-coal anti-Obama billboards, rallies and ads are popping up in coal states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Opponents of Obama regulations are shuttering existing coal-fired power plants and scaring off investors in future facilities. But some say coal's evolving story is a lot more complicated.

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Appalachian Region Among Worst In Power Plant Pollution Report

PA, Ohio and WV are in the top five of a list called the "Toxic 20." It's the ranking by the Natural Resources Defense Cou

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Largest Coal Ash Pond to Be Shut Down

Pennsylvania environmental regulators have ordered the shut down of the countryís largest coal ash impoundment facility.

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