Is Another Nuclear Reactor in Trouble in Florida?

On March 3, 2014 Florida Power and Light (FPL) will bring the St. Lucie Unit 2 nuclear reactor near Fort Pierce, Florida down to perform a refueling of the radioactive fuel in the reactor’s core. FPL’s goal will be to swap the used, highly radioactive spent fuel rods out and put new fuel rods in [...]

Ash Time Goes By, Part 2

This guest post is written by Michael Patoka of the Center for Progressive Reform, and was originally entitled “Ash Time Goes By: Administration Continues Foot-Dragging on Coal Ash Rule as Toxic Landfills and Ash Ponds Grow by 94 Million Tons Each Year” It is reposted here, with permission, as a three-part series. While the Obama [...]

Ash Time Goes By, Part 1

This guest post is written by Michael Patoka of the Center for Progressive Reform, and was originally entitled “Ash Time Goes By: Administration Continues Foot-Dragging on Coal Ash Rule as Toxic Landfills and Ash Ponds Grow by 94 Million Tons Each Year” It is reposted here, with permission, as the first in a three-part series. [...]

37 Southeastern Communities Join Hands for Their Coast

On Saturday, May 18, communities throughout the Southeast hosted events to stand up for their treasured places and send the message that these places must be protected from the impacts of risky fossil fuel extraction.  The events were organized as part of Hands Across the Sand, a day of international action to say “yes” to [...]

Pull plug on Florida nuclear tax

This guest post, originally published here by the Tampa Bay Times, was written by Mark Cooper, an economic analyst with the Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment. He is the author of  the recently released report, “Public Risk, Private Profit, Ratepayer Cost, Utility Imprudence.” To engage more on this issue, click here, [...]

Journey without a map: States move to regulate coal ash lacking federal guidance

Over the last few weeks several Southeastern states introduced coal ash-related legislation. Presumably these actions are in response to the ongoing delay of the Obama Administration to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize national coal ash rules. The lack of guidance from EPA actually led North Carolina Representative Pricey Harrison (D-Greensboro) to testify [...]

More Tricks than Treats from Coal Industry

In case the horror movies and Hurricane/Frankenstorm Sandy weren’t enough to scare you this Halloween season, a glimpse at the horrors that are unleashed due to the operation of coal fired power plants should send chills down your spine. Recently, Dr. Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University, released a terrifying [...]

Working Together for a Nuclear Free, Carbon Free Energy Future

A version of the below blog was originally posted by Southern Energy Network’s Florida Organizer, Jacquie Ayala. Find more of her blogs here. She was joined at the SE Nuclear Summit by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s High Risk Energy Choices Program Director, Sara Barczak. At the end of June, in the blistering heat of [...]

Just Another Two Billion Dollars Between Friends

Under the leadership duo of Bill Sansom’s tenure as the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Board Chairman and Tom Kilgore’s years as CEO, we have witnessed some of the largest financial mistakes ever made in the history of the agency. The Kingston Coal Ash Disaster in 2008 will end up costing TVA more than $1 billion in clean-up and [...]

Transportation Bill is Bad Drilling Policy

  This post was co-authored by Simon Mahan and Jennifer Rennicks. Last week’s passage of the U.S. House of Representatives’ transportation bill deserves a brief mention on the blog today if for no other reason than to help folks save a bit of money, rather than exposing them to major liabilities as the House did.  [...]