On August 2, Sierra Club activists and their allies participated in a public hearing held by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on a Clean Air Act (CAA) Title V permit. NRG Energy operated their Waukegan coal-fired power plant for a decade, give or take, without a basic CAA operating permit.
Over the past year, our Ohio Beyond Coal team has been fighting proposals from the state's largest utility companies to seek customer-funded bailouts of dirty and outdated coal plants. After the state utilities commission denied two previous, similar proposals from Duke and AEP, FirstEnergy's scheme is the most egregious we've seen yet, with a projected loss of $3 billion to customers.
The Sierra Club announced yesterday that we are launching two television ads about U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s voting record on clean air and climate action, to run on Ohio broadcast TV this month. The ads call on Portman, who has taken $1,055,154 from polluters, to stop voting against the historic Clean Power Plan, which includes life-saving protections that set the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
In response, Portman told Ohio public radio “I don’t know what the ad’s going to say. But I hope it’s truthful.”
The Powder River Basin, stretching from northeast Wyoming into southern Montana, generates 40 percent of our nation's coal, more than any other region. Much of this coal comes from taxpayer-owned public lands. So why are coal companies being given a sweetheart deal to extract it?