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Illinois Coal Plant Gets Green Light

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation Monday that paves the way for a proposed $3.5 billion coal-fired plant in Taylorsville, Ill., designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Blagojevich approved a clean coal standard aimed at encouraging the construction of facilities that emit fewer pollutants than older coal-powered plants.

Source: St. Louis Business Journal

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Russia Opens Gas Valves to Europe

Russia has resumed the flow of natural gas to Europe, amid an ongoing contract dispute between Moscow and Kyiv that sparked the current energy crisis on the continent.

The resumption of the delivery of gas, ordered Monday by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, was carried out, as scheduled, at 10 am by the main dispatcher of the Gazprom state energy company.

Source: VOA News

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Sulfuric Acid Manufacturers Agree to Reduce Air Pollution at Facilities

Three manufacturers of sulfuric acid have agreed to spend at least $12 million on air pollution controls that are expected to eliminate more than 3,000 tons of harmful emissions annually from six production plants in Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department announced today. Chemtrade Logistics, Chemtrade Refinery Services, and Marsulex also will pay a civil penalty of $700,000 under the Clean Air Act settlement.

Source: EPA

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Experts: Treatment Plant Doesn’t Have to Stink

When the east wind blows through the west end of Gallup, and especially Mentmore Subdivision in summer, it doesn’t matter whether you’re outside grilling plump juicy steaks or a rack of hamburgers, residents say, quite frankly, it still smells like crap.

Dee Burke, a subdivision resident who lives about a mile from the plant, got so fed up with the odor, in fact, that a week ago she sat down to write a letter to the editor in hopes something would be done about the stench from Gallup Wastewater Treatment Plant. “You could smell it through the closed window,” she said.

Source: Gallup Independent (NM)

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Stimulus Bill May Include Energy Measures

Congressional leaders and Obama advisers are looking at including as much as $25 billion of energy tax credits in the economic stimulus package in an effort to bolster renewable energy projects, fuel-efficient cars and biodiesel production, said sources familiar with the negotiations.

Many of these items were featured in President-elect Barack Obama's campaign pledges, but originally lawmakers were considering putting them in a separate energy bill.

Source: Washington Post

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