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US Mine Safety and Health Administration issues more than 200 violations to 13 mines, 4 in West Virginia

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The United States Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced July 24 that federal inspectors issued 186 citations, 25 orders and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines, including four West Virginia mines, and two metal and nonmetal mines in June.

Appalachian utilities lack in sustainable energy efforts, study says

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A report released by Ceres and Clean Energy assessed 32 of the largest U.S. investor-owned electricity utility holding companies stack up on renewable energy and energy efficiency — and according to the study, Appalachian companies have some improvements to make.

Kentucky electric cooperative receives loan guarantee

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Nationally, the USDA is investing $263.3 million in eight projects to improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states.

EPA administrator testifies before US Senate committee on Clean Power Plan benefits

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before a U.S. Senate committee July 23 regarding the carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan that was announced June 2.

Boone County, WV coal company awarded for community outreach efforts

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Alpha Natural Resource’s Elk Run Coal Co. in Sylvester was selected to receive the 2014 Excellence in Surfacing Coal Mining Good Neighbor Award, Alpha announced July 23.

Health agency says it's OK to use Dan River in North Carolina after February coal ash spill

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The Department of Health and Human Services recommendation Tuesday comes a week after federal environmental officials said Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River.

Poor metallurgical coal market causes Cumberland River mining complex to close

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Arch Coal announced July 21 that it will be idling its Cumberland River Coal Company Complex in Appalachia, Virginia due to poor metallurgical coal markets, eventually eliminating 213 full-time positions.

Project under construction at Kentucky coal plant will catch carbon dioxide

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The $19.5 million testing facility under construction at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg would capture and separate carbon dioxide from the emission stream after the coal is burned. Kentucky Gov. The facility is expected to be completed later this year and testing will conclude in 2016.

Ohio steel company acquires assets in Severstal, part owner of Mountain State Carbon

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Ohio-based AK Steel has signed a $700 million cash agreement to acquire Severstal North America’s integrated steelmaking assets in Dearborn, Michigan, as well as a cokemaking facility and interests in three joint ventures that process flat-rolled steel products, the company announced July 21.

Bethany College gets in the gas business

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In the Village of Bethany, you will find Bethany College, a post office and Chambers General Store. And on a hot summer morning, you’ll be lucky to see a car on Main Street.

Pa. community college plans process technology curriculum

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It started with a week-long trip to Texas and a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

UVA professor proposes resourceful approach to reducing emissions

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The push to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants, which are a major source of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, has been rapidly growing stronger over the last several years, and companies throughout the power sector have been scrambling to come up with a solution.

Q&A: Shawn Patterson

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As the popularity of natural gas continues to gain momentum throughout the country, Shawn Patterson, president of operations and project delivery for Columbia Pipeline Group, sees big things to come for the industry in West Virginia.

Tiny insects threaten State’s hemlock tree population

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The hemlock tree is used in West Virginia for many things, but it has been threatened by disease throughout the last decade.

Ohio River shows signs of flexing its mussels

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Matthew Magruder gets pumped about mussels. As manager of visitor services for the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Magruder is obviously concerned about the condition of the stream. Approximately 40 mussel species do their share by providing a living under water filtration system for the river.

High costs keep renewable energy at bay in West Virginia

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As the Environmental Protection Agency continues to roll out proposals to lower emissions from power generation facilities, the energy sector has been encouraged to look toward using renewable sources of energy — a premise that has garnered mixed feelings throughout the Mountain State.

DEP issues violations, halts operations at surface mine near Kanawha State Forest

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection inspectors have issued two violations, including one that has partially halted work operations, to the new Keystone Industries mountaintop removal site near Kanawha State Forest in the last two weeks.

UPDATE: WVCAG tries to pump the brakes on AEP's Mitchell Plant acquisition

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American Electric Power’s latest attempt at acquiring half of the Mitchell Power Plant in Moundsville is causing controversy among industry experts.

WVDEP urging tank owners to question process; register tanks

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said July 17 they are urging tank owners to register with them before the Oct. 1 deadline. With just two and a half months to go before the aboveground storage tank registration deadline, the DEP said tank owners with questions about the process should come forward so they can get their registrations submitted on time.

Denver natural gas company to open transport facility in Parkersburg, WV

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Concord Energy, a Denver-based natural gas and crude oil transportation company, has plans to open a new Utica and Marcellus condensate and natural gas liquid (NGL) truck to rail transload site in Parkersburg, the company announced July 11.

Clarksburg, WV water truck driver dies in Pennsylvania crash

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Authorities say a truck driver who carried water for the oil and gas industry was killed and another driver was injured in a western Pennsylvania crash.

UPDATE: Court sides with EPA in mining permit process, WV lawmakers fight back

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After several-year battle in the court system, the Environmental Protection Agency came out with a victory July 11 when a federal appeals court panel upheld the Obama administration's efforts to block water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining.

DEP: Freedom Industries tank demo in process

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The tank demolition process at the Freedom Industries site, responsible for the leak of MCHM into the Elk River, officially started July 15. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said the project will last two to four weeks – barring no major weather delays.

West Virginia lacks in clean energy leadership, study says

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For those interested in the clean energy business, West Virginia isn’t the place to be, according to Clean Edge’s 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index.

West Virginia has relatively high energy costs but low electricity prices, WalletHub study says

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As temperatures rise, so do energy costs and consumption. To help consumers prepare for the wallet-draining summer ahead, WalletHub released a study comparing the most and least energy-expensive states.

Miners memorial sparks prosperous plans for dying WV town

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On March 2, 1915, 112 coal miners lost their lives in the worst mine disaster in Fayette County history. On June 28, community members unveiled the Layland Miners Memorial.

U.S Chemical Safety Board to release new information July 16 at public meeting

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New information from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will be released during a public meeting on July 16. The board will hold the public meeting to release findings and draft safety recommendations from a fatal dust explosion as well as their investigation into the Jan. 9 chemical leak of MCHM.

Judge rules Michigan bid-rigging case against Chesapeake Energy can go to trial

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A Michigan judge has ruled bid-rigging allegations against Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. can proceed to trial.

UPDATE: Notable progress made since Tuesday storms, but more than 5,000 still without power

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FirstEnergy crews are still working hard to restore power to thousands of people after strong thunderstorms and high winds on July 8 caused power outages for approximately 167,000 customers in West Virginia in Maryland.

Study suggests MCHM could be more toxic than originally reported

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Six months after the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries chemical spill, when thousands of gallons of MCHM spilled into the Elk River, environmental engineer Andrew Whelton released new data that suggests the toxicity levels of Crude MCHM are much higher than had been previously reported.

EPA proposes plan to prohibit chemicals used in refrigeration and air conditioning

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to prohibit the use of certain hydrofluorocarbons in aerosols, motor vehicle air conditioning, retail food refrigeration and vending machines, and foam blowing, the agency announced July 10.

WV American Water gives $10,000 in grants to local fire departments

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West Virginia American Water awarded more than $10,000 to 17 local fire departments throughout the state through its new Firefighting Support Grant Program.

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