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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Uber-Popular RECLAIM Act Would Benefit Alabama’s Coal Communities

Uber-Popular RECLAIM Act Would Benefit Alabama’s Coal Communities

A recent poll shows overwhelming support in Appalachia for a bipartisan bill called the RECLAIM Act that would release $1 billion to create economic development opportunities in coal communities affected by the energy industry’s transition away from dirty fossil fuels. The survey was commissioned by the Sierra Club and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, two groups who support the bill.

Voters in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia were polled; Alabama voters were not polled, but Alabama stands to gain from the RECLAIM Act. The poll demonstrates a broad …

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Curveball at the Supreme Court: Clean Power Plan Blocked

Curveball at the Supreme Court: Clean Power Plan Blocked

On February 8, 2016, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an administrative stay that halted the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan would have denied the stay.

On January 21, 2016 the D.C. Circuit Court denied a stay on the Clean Power Plan. From there, twenty-nine states, including Alabama, and numerous industry groups filed 5 separate stay applications with the U.S. Supreme Court. It is unusual for the U.S. Supreme Court to block federal regulations, especially where the D.C. …

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Circuit Court Reverses Board of Health Decision Denying Request for Hearing

Circuit Court Reverses Board of Health Decision Denying Request for Hearing

Today, the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ala., reversed a decision by the Jefferson County Board of Health denying Gasp’s Request for Hearing on the reissuance of ABC Coke’s operating permit. Finding that Gasp adequately followed Board of Health rules, Judge Joseph Boohaker’s ruling remanded the case back to the Jefferson County Board of Health to  consider the merits of Gasp’s Request for Hearing.

ABC Coke is owned by Drummond Company and located in Tarrant, Ala. It’s one of five facilities identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

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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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Solar Works: A Look at Florida’s Solar Landscape

Solar Works: A Look at Florida’s Solar Landscape

When we launched our Solar Works campaign a few months ago, our aim was to shine a light on Alabama’s opportunity to pivot toward a more sustainable, independent energy future. As a Sun Belt state, Alabama would seem poised to take full advantage of the benefits clean, renewable energy like solar offers. Unfortunately that is not what is happening.

Bully Pulpit

Alabama’s neighbor to the south — the Sunshine State itself — raised some eyebrows recently when its Public Service Commission decided to cut back solar incentives and goals. Similar disincentives have cropped up in Arizona, Wisconsin …

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Gasp Launches Pollution Hotline

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Gasp this week launched 205-938-Gasp (4277), a hotline for Alabamians who live and/or work near toxic pollution sources such as power plants and industrial facilities to report complaints, especially as related to health issues.

The outreach effort is in response to apprehension about pollution complaints not being documented properly by the Jefferson County Department of Health. Gasp will submit callers’ complaints to JCDH to ensure those concerns are heard and put on the record.

The Gasp Hotline comes at a time …

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Kids shouldn't need inhalers to enjoy summer

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By Barbara Gottlieb and Sarah Hodgdon, Special to CNN //

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Smog obscures downtown Los Angeles in the evening.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Authors: Summer brings smog, endangering kids with asthma, those with lung illnesses
One out of 10 schoolkids has asthma, they say, half of U.S. counties get “F” rating for smog
Authors: Coal plants, cars are big polluters; EPA needs to set stricter standards
Protection could …

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Delay in Coal Pollution Rules Took Toll in Lives

Delay in Coal Pollution Rules Took Toll in Lives

By JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF

A tough new pollution standard for power plants proposed this week by the Environmental Protection Agency will cost utilities at least $10 billion, and several companies have already signaled that they will close aging coal plants rather than upgrade to meet the new standards. The new rules require major reductions in mercury, arsenic and other hazardous emissions.

Associated Press A generating plant in Thompsons, Tex.

Yet while industry may howl over the costs, the utilities can …

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