Both the Seattle Times and Seattle PI.com are running an Associated Press story on Tuesdays packed House hearing on HB 1825 – which would transition the Centrailia Coal Plant off of coal power by 2020 and provide economic development for Lewis County. Nancy Hirsh, Policy Director for NW Energy Coalition testified at the hearing and LeeAnne Beres, Excutive Director of Earth Ministy and member of the Coalition’s Executive Board is quoted.
Issues: Coal in the Northwest
The Northwest is blessed with bountiful energy efficiency and renewable resources – enough to meet all projected increases in electricity needs several times over. Despite this, coal plants are being proposed across the Northwest. In this section you’ll find information and the newest updates on this issue.
A chorus of calls for TransAlta to reduce emissions increased in volume this morning as a Seattle-based coalition released a report detailing what it called an “extremely dangerous” level of mercury roughly one month before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose new mercury emission requirements.
A new article by the Sightline Institute debunks the notion that the Centralia Coal plant is needed to provide 10 percent of Washington state’s energy needs.
A state judge on Monday gave environmentalists a green light to press forward with their challenge of Montana’s lease of 587 million tons of state-owned coal to a St. Louis company.
Read the full story at ABCNews.com
Andrea Durbin, Executive Director of Coalition member Oregon Environmental Council has an opinion piece in The Oregonian on the plan to close the Boardman coal-fired power plant no later than the end of 2020.
Coal coming down the Columbia River for export to China and tar sands equipment heading upriver to Canada suggest that we are collaborating in our own destruction.
Read the full article online at The Daily Astorian.
The Oregonian: Australian coal company wants to build coal-export terminal in Longview to ship to Asia
An Australian coal company wants to build a coal-export terminal at a private port in Longview, Wash., a move that would allow 5.7 million tons of U.S. coal exports to Asia each year just as environmental activists are trying to shut down coal-fired power plants in Washington and Oregon.
Read the full article online at The Oregonian.
Closing a coal plant is a big deal. Closing a large, modern coal plant like the one at Boardman is areally big deal. It hasn’t happened before in the Northwest — or arguably anywhere else in the United States. But today Oregon is close to an agreement to end coal burning at Boardman by no […]
Washington State is closely watching a battle in the Idaho Supreme Court over whether to allow massive oil exploration equipment to be trucked across scenic roadways of Northern Idaho and Montana to the tar sands of Alberta, Canada.
A campaign by clean energy groups (including the NW Energy Coalition) to shut down the Centralia coal-fired power plant by 2015 staged five events statewide Tuesday…