The Oberlin Review

Stricter Regulation of Power Plants Needed in Reducing Environmental Harm

Alison S. Ricker

September 27, 2013

To the Editors: Thank you for the full coverage you gave to the Environment Ohio report on Ohio’s gas-fired and coal power plants (“Report Lists Ohio as Top Polluter,” The Oberlin Review, Sept. 20, 2013). Also on Sept. 20, Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced the Obama administration’s aggressive plan to enact stronger regulations to limit carbon emissions for new power plants. The regulations would limit new gas-fired power plants to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt-hour and new coal plants to 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide, a reduction of some 700 pounds per megawatt-hour for the average coal plant. This is good news for reducing harmful ...

Report Lists Ohio as Top Polluter

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

September 20, 2013

Environment Ohio, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, recently released a report detailing Ohio’s power plants as the second most polluting in the country. The plants are Ohio’s largest source of carbon pollution, and are responsible for 48 percent of statewide emissions each year — the same amount of carbon as emitted by 2.5 million cars. The report, titled “America’s Dirtiest Power Plants: Their Oversized Contribution to Global Warming and What We Can Do About It,” is a large step in environmentalists’ efforts to create a cleaner and more sustainable Ohio. Members of Environment Ohio, hope that this report will provide an aspect of transparency on environmental issues that...

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