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Carbon capture technology is being tested for the first time in the country at a coal-burning power plant near Milwaukee. If it works, it could be added to existing power plants, or incorporated into new ones. (Photo by Erin Toner)
Carbon capture technology is being tested for the first time in the country at a coal-burning power plant near Milwaukee. If it works, it could be added to existing power plants, or incorporated into new ones. (Photo by Erin Toner)

Coal plants test CO2 capture

There was broad praise this week for a record agreement requiring American Electric Power to spend $4.6 billion to reduce emissions at its Midwest power plants that causes acid rain in the Northeast. The Ohio-based power company agreed to reduce emissions by at least 69% over the next 10 years. After stricter rules and enforcement under the Clean Air Act, coal-burning power plants have done much to reduce the pollution that leaves their smokestacks. But the industry is not controlling the main greenhouse gas - carbon dioxide. That could change in the next decade. One utility is about to begin the first test ever of technology to reduce CO2 emissions at power plants. If all goes well, an American Electric Power plant will be the first to use it. Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article
<i>Call of the Loon</i> premiers on PBS.
Call of the Loon premiers on PBS.

Adirondack Loon Documentary Premiers On PBS

A new documentary about Adirondack loons will premier this month on Mountain Lake PBS. The program profiles a loon program that is studying the affects of mercury contamination on wildlife. Call of the Loon is hosted by PBS contributor and former CNN anchor Judy Woodruff. Executive producer Carol Blakeslee-Collin told Brian Mann that the loons offered a way to talk about a complicated environmental issue. We also hear the voices of Dr. Nina Schoch, head of the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program and Governor George Pataki.

A private media premier of a new film will take place tonight at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The documentary will air on Mountain Lake PBS on Sunday, May 21 at 8 pm. There will also be public screenings in Keene Valley July 10 and in Tupper Lake on August 1.  Go to full article
Adk Explorer Editor Phil Brown
Adk Explorer Editor Phil Brown

Article Examines "Big 4" Adk Green Groups

In the latest issue of the Adirondack Explorer, editor Phil Brown profiles the "big four" environmental groups that operate inside the Park. Brown compares the history and the agendas of the Adirondack Council, the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, and the Adirondack Mountain Club. Brown spoke with Brian Mann about the ways that green groups collaborate on environmental issues and the feuds that sometime make cooperation difficult.  Go to full article

NY Power Plants Make List of Worst Northeast Polluters

Environmental groups say six of the top ten dirtiest power plants in the Northeast are located in New York State. They are urging Governors of Northeastern states, who are working on a pollution reduction pact, to come up with strict new rules to curb emissions. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Adirondack loons fitted with radio transmitters (Source:  ACLP)
Adirondack loons fitted with radio transmitters (Source: ACLP)

Satellites Track Adk Loons To Their Winter Grounds & Back Again

Yesterday, we profiled Nina Schoch, head of the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program. Schoch has been studying loons for six years, measuring their exposure to acid rain and mercury and trying to get an accurate measure of the birds' population. This morning, Brian Mann talks with Schoch about a program developed two years ago that tracks loons using satellites and radio transmitters. The goal was to discover exactly where Adirondack loons spend their winters.  Go to full article

EPA Sources Say Mercury Rule Excluded Key Research

A report published this week in the Washington Post suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency may have excluded internal research when developing a controversial new mercury rule. According to the newspaper, a Harvard study suggested that tougher mercury control standards might have been cost-effective.  Go to full article

EPA Sets Limits on Smog

The Environmental Protection Agency has set new limits on smog and soot pollution. The aim is to help tens of millions of people who live downwind from the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the East, South and Midwest. The EPA's new "Clean Air Interstate Rule" covers 28 states. The regulation apparently calls for most of them to cut nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide that wind can carry across state lines.  Go to full article
President Bush in Adirondacks 2002
President Bush in Adirondacks 2002

Clear Skies Plan Fails in Senate, Environmental Defeat For White House

The Bush Administration suffered a major defeat yesterday in the Senate. The Clear Skies initiative failed to pass a key committee vote, thanks in part to opposition from Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clear Skies had been hailed by the power industry and by some pro-environment groups as a way to replace outdated pollution control laws. Opponents described the plan as a gift to coal-fired power plants in the Midwest that are blamed for much of the acid rain and Mercury pollution that hits the north country. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

State Reaches Settlement on Lower Emissions for Coal Plants

The operators of six New York coal-fired power plants have agreed to slash nitrogen and sulfur emissions. Governor Pataki and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer say the action would cut emissions that cause acid rain.  Go to full article

Council Offers Cleaner Air for Christmas

The Adirondack Council has a last-minute gift idea for someone who wants to help reduce acid rain in the Adirondacks. You can buy a pollution credit and retire it in someone's honor. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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