Coosa Riverkeeper Introduces New Fish Guide, Toll-Free Fish Advisory Hotline

Coosa Riverkeeper Introduces New Fish Guide, Toll-Free Fish Advisory Hotline

The Alabama Department of Public Health issues fish advisories for contaminants like methylmercury and PCBs — which are toxins hazardous to human health. ADPH also makes recommendations about portion size and frequency of fish consumed in specific waterbodies.

When our friends at Coosa Riverkeeper interviewed more than 125+ fishers, they found some startling results. Nearly half of the Coosa fishers didn’t know about the 34 fish advisories ADPH issues last year for polychlorinated biphynels (PCBs) and methylmercury — or how exposure to those pollutants affect their health.

In response, Coosa Riverkeeper released its new Fish Guide this week, which now includes …

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Help Gasp by Switching to Clean Energy Today

Gasp is excited to share some truly sunny 🌞 news with you: we are partnering with Arcadia Power — the first company to offer a nationwide community solar program —to give you a simple way to switch to solar at home.

The way it works is you purchase a one-time subscription to a panel(s) from one of Arcadia Power’s solar projects across the country. From there, they track the production from your exact panel and automatically credit your utility bill with the savings. Your investment in community solar pays for itself over time — …

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Alabama is the 3rd Most Expensive State for Electricity Bills

Alabama is the 3rd Most Expensive State for Electricity Bills

Here we go again. Alabama has been named one of the most energy-expensive states according to WalletHub, a website that provides consumers with free financial information and analysis.

Source: WalletHub

We fared better overall in this year’s report than we did in 2014. Alabama now ranks 13th most expensive, compared to sixth two years ago. While that is an improvement, electricity bills continue to be the main driver.

Related: Read our statement on Climate Change & Energy Policy

Alabama ranked 3rd most expensive for monthly electricity bills behind Hawaii and South Carolina Alabama and just …

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SCOTUS Denies Appeal Over Embattled MATS Rule

SCOTUS Denies Appeal Over Embattled MATS Rule

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in Michigan v. EPA. This means that SCOTUS rejected Michigan’s and 20 other states, including Alabama, appeal to block the mercury and air toxics standards (MATS). In denying review, SCOTUS upholds the D.C. Circuit’s decision to not vacate the rule.

Almost a year ago I wrote about the SCOTUS decision that resulted in EPA performing a cost analysis for the MATS rule. Because the rule was not invalidated or stayed, crucial protections for air quality …

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Here Comes the Sun: Project Sunroof Shows Your Potential

When you think of Google, you probably think of searching the internet for those random questions that pop into your head throughout the day. Or maybe email, chat, mapping directions, document collaboration or one of a dozen other ubiquitous products the company is known for.

But Google is also an advocate for clean, renewable energy and just so happens to be the world’s largest corporate purchaser of clean energy. The company launched Project Sunroof last August in three metro areas — San Francisco, Fresno and  Boston — calling it “a kind of treasure map of …

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Mississippi Beats Alabama to Net Metering

Mississippi Beats Alabama to Net Metering

I’m sure you’ve heard Alabamians say “thank God for Mississippi.” Whether we are looking for a silver lining whilst bemoaning Alabama’s low rankings for education or obesity, in many categories, Alabama edges out Mississippi to where Alabamians can breathe a sigh of relief that we are not the worst.

However, that old adage is not quite as comforting as it once was. This is especially true when it comes to how customers in Alabama and Mississippi are treated by the regulators who balance their interests with …

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MATS Rule Not Dead, Will Protect Public Health

MATS Rule Not Dead, Will Protect Public Health

In April, I wrote about the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule that had just gone into effect:

“Gasp strongly supports the MATS rule because it will be crucial in improving air quality and public health. Until recently, there were no national limits on emissions of mercury and other toxics from power plants. […] These toxic air pollutants are known or suspected of causing cancer and other serious health effects including premature death, heart attacks, bronchitis and asthma.”

On June 29, the United States Supreme Court …

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PSC’s ‘Misplaced Priorities’ Lead to Higher Utility Bills for Alabamians

PSC’s ‘Misplaced Priorities’ Lead to Higher Utility Bills for Alabamians

A report titled “What Public Service? How the Alabama Public Service Commission’s misplaced priorities put utility profits over people” was released last week by Greater Birmingham Ministries. Gasp has been seeking transparency at the PSC for the past two years with a particular focus on the health impacts of Alabama Power’s energy planning decisions, which are made without real public participation.

“Now more than ever, the PSC institutes policies that are in no way equitable or economical for customers,” explains Greater Birmingham Ministries. “Instead, they boost the bottom …

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Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Will Improve Air Quality, Protect Health

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Will Improve Air Quality, Protect Health

On December 16, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a rule to reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants from power plants called the mercury and air toxics standards, or MATS. The aim is to reduce emissions from new and existing coal- and oil-fired electricity utility steam generating units.

Gasp strongly supports the MATS rule because it will be crucial in improving air quality and public health. Until recently, there were no national limits on emissions of mercury and other toxics from power plants.

In the U.S., …

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Alabama Power Customers ‘Left in the Dark’ by Public Service Commission

Alabama Power Customers ‘Left in the Dark’ by Public Service Commission

A study released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) confirms what Gasp has been saying for the past two years: lack of transparency by the Alabama Public Service Commission hurts consumers.

“The Alabama PSC ‘regulates’ Alabama Power Company’s IRP and its related resource-planning decisions without allowing the company’s customers any meaningful opportunity to participate or even see what’s going on,” Schlissel writes.

The report, “Left in the Dark,” was prepared by IEEFA’s David Schlissel for Gasp, Southern Environmental Law Center, and Southern Alliance …

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