Author Archives: John Blair

Nature photography is faltering in the Valley Watch garden

September 19, 2019 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Issues with my personal mobility have kept me from posting nature pix from the Valley Watch garden the last couple of years. But something did catch my eye today and I thought … Continue reading

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SE Indiana Power Plant bailed out by Ohio Legislation

July 30, 2019 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Clifty Creek, built in the middle 1950s may continue operating until 2040 after Ohio legislature gives them giant subsidy. Madison, Indiana is a beautiful town. It even had a large production movie made … Continue reading

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Earthjustice to represent Valley Watch and SW Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life in Challenge of Riverview air/construction permit.

The coal-to-diesel plant would emit millions of tons of dangerous pollution using a technology that has never been employed in the U.S. July 11, 2019 – Press Release from Earthjustice Community groups appealed an air quality permit issued to Riverview Energy Corporation … Continue reading

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ORSANCO votes to relax Pollution Control Standards for the Ohio River basin.

June 6, 2019 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Evansville and Mt. Vernon both get drinking water from the Ohio River. In fact, more than five million US citizens acquire their drinking water from our River.  We are near the … Continue reading

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This Town Didn’t Want to Be a Radioactive Waste Dump. The Government Is Giving Them No Choice.

May 16, 2019 – By Yessenia Funes in Earther PIKETON, OHIO—David and Pam Mills have grown tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and okra on their secluded Appalachian property for about 18 years now. This will be the first year the retired couple … Continue reading

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Researchers Now Have Even More Proof That Air Pollution Can Cause Dementia

May 6, 2019 -By Aaron Rueben in Mother Jones Magazine. Editor’s Note: Valley Watch has long observed a wide variety of issues pertaining to health and the environment and as a result have worked tirelessly to strengthen air pollution regulations … Continue reading

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U.S. Renewables Projected to Surpass Coal This Month For First Time Ever, Signaling Tipping Point

April 30, 2019 –  by Pam Wright in Weather.com Clean energy is projected to surpass coal this month for the first time ever.  In 2010, 45 percent of total power generation came from coal. By 2018, that percentage tumbled to … Continue reading

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Huntingburg option for plant’s wastewater

March 11, 2019 – by Olivia Ingle in the DuBois County Herald Officials involved with the proposal of locating Riverview Energy’s direct coal hydrogenation plant on the north side of Dale are considering options for discharge of the plant’s wastewater, … Continue reading

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TVA ignores Trump and retires Paradise (KY) coal power plant by December next year

February 14, 2019 by- John Blair, valleywatch.net editor The Tennessee Valley Authority board shunned the directions it was given earlier in the week by both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump and voted 6-1 to retire the … Continue reading

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A Coal-to-Diesel Refinery Is the Last Straw for These Hoosiers

February 13, 2019 by Susan Cosier  in Our Stories/Midwest Dispatch at NRDC The air in southwestern Indiana is bad enough without the emissions from yet another proposed polluter. A towering billboard in southwestern Indiana greets drivers heading west on Interstate 64: “Governor Holcomb, please—No rotten egg smell! No more … Continue reading

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At a crossroads, Ohio River agency weighs dueling proposals on role

February 4, 2019 – by Keith Schneider for Energy News Network An industry-backed effort aims to end ORSANCO’s role in setting and enforcing pollution standards. In the course of his decorated career in environmental law, Tom FitzGerald tamed the scourge … Continue reading

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5G and potential health risks.

December 19, 2018-Editor’s note: The Valley Watch office now has a “smart meter.” Across the street, is a Verizon cell tower and along two sides of our building runs a Vectren 134 Kilovolt transmission line. Before the cell tower and … Continue reading

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U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

November 23 November 23, 2018 – by  Coral Davenport and Kedra Pierre-Louis in the New York Times WASHINGTON — A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of … Continue reading

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IEEFA report: ‘Holy Grail’ of carbon capture continues to elude coal industry; ‘cautionary tale’ applies to domestic and foreign projects alike

November 23, 2018 – by IEEFA – Editor’s note, Valley Watch has long been opposed to the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) due to its deleterious economics.   Study details lack of economic feasibility around North American initiatives; costly and/or failed … Continue reading

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Breathe easier in February. Henderson Muni to retire two Sebree units.

October 26, 2018-By Robert Walton, in UtilityDive. Dive Brief: Henderson Municipal Power and Light in Kentucky will close its coal plant early next year and turn to the open market for its power needs, as the aging plant’s energy production … Continue reading

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