POWERnews [Aug. 7, 2014]

Poor Rail Service Causing “Coal Supply Crisis”

Ongoing service issues with BNSF Railway Co. have resulted in a “coal supply crisis” for several generators in the Upper Midwest. According to a document provided by the government relations…

Kemper IGCC Plant Settlement Requires Mississippi Power Coal Fleet Changes

A major environmental settlement will force Southern Co. to repower, convert to natural gas, or shutter several coal units in Mississippi and Alabama. The landmark settlement with the Sierra Club…

TVA Axing 2,000-Plus Jobs in Cost-Cutting Drive

The federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced this week that it was eliminating more than 2,000 jobs as part of its ongoing effort to stem a tide of red…

EPA Sued By 12 States and a Coal Mining Company

A group of 12 states and a coal mining company have filed separate lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in an effort to stop…

Settlement Requires Changes at Three AEP Coal Plants in W.Va.

American Electric Power (AEP) has agreed to close a coal plant and make changes at two others to resolve alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations. According to consent decrees filed…

Texas Leads Greenhouse Gas Permitting Despite EPA Spat

Judging by the long-running dispute between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Texas over greenhouse gas permitting under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program, one might…

Final NRC Rule to Replace Nuclear Waste Confidence Decision Is Coming Soon

A final rule governing continued storage of used nuclear fuel is expected from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) next month. NRC staff on July 24 submitted a draft final rule…