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  • Suit objects to loan that helps region’s coal exports | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    U S Export Import Bank broke federal law by approving a 90 million loan guarantee in support of Latrobe Pa based coal broker Xcoal Energy Resources LLC without first preparing an environmental impact statement The taxpayer backed financing approved on May 24 2012 will help leverage 1 billion in coal exports from Appalachia to markets in Japan South Korea China and Italy through coal terminals in Hampton Roads and Baltimore the groups said Ex Im Bank turned a blind eye to the toxic coal dust heavy train traffic and disruptive noise that our members living near ports and railways experience on a daily basis said Diana Dascalu Joffe senior general counsel with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network one of the plaintiffs The groups that filed the complaint which also include the Center for International Environmental Law Friends of the Earth Pacific Environment Sierra Club and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy stated that it is the first lawsuit to challenge the federal government s financing of the export of coal from Appalachia The lawsuit requests that the court declare that the government bank s approval of the 90 million loan guarantee supporting Xcoal without first conducting an environmental review is a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act It seeks the rescinding of the loan guarantee and an environmental study of the risks from coal dust before the federal bank can back Xcoal s coal exports An Export Import Bank spokesman wrote in an email that it s the bank s policy not to comment on pending litigation A spokesman at PNC Bank which provided the loan backed by the Export Import Bank also declined to comment Hampton Roads which has the capacity to handle more than 76 million tons of coal a year is the top coal exporting port in North

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/suit-objects-to-loan-that-helps-regions-coal-exports/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Susan Yin | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    is fighting against what industry leaders say is a war on coal several environmental groups have Continued Environmentalists sue Export Import Bank over loan guarantee to domestic coal broker August 1 2013 By Susan Yin Share The Washington Post By Max Ehrenfreund Above the harbor in Baltimore s industrial Curtis Hill district is a one acre urban farm Jason Reed a community organizer who works there described the Continued Walk4Grandkids Day 8 NO KXL July 26 2013 By Susan Yin Share From July 19th to July 26th grandparents parents and young people from age 15 to 78 journeyed together on a eight day trek from Camp David to the White House After 100 miles Continued Loudoun Rally Promotes Clean Energy July 25 2013 By Susan Yin Share Leesburg Today By Emily Moschetto Almost 50 people gathered outside the Loudoun County Government Center Tuesday afternoon to catch the attention of local leaders and to raise awareness about how Continued O Malley crafts stricter plan to fight climate change July 25 2013 By Susan Yin Share The Baltimore Sun By Erin Cox and Tim Wheeler The O Malley administration s aggressive new plan to fight climate change calls for Maryland residents to further cut their energy use or Continued Buy Clean Energy For Your Homes and Businesses July 9 2013 By Susan Yin Share Clean Currents http www cleancurrents com Clean Currents is the Mid Atlantic s leading independent green energy company supplying clean wind power to over 12 000 residential and commercial customers in Washington DC Maryland and Pennsylvania Continued Virginia legislators seek to repeal hybrid tax July 1 2013 By Susan Yin Share The Washington Post By Patricia Sullivan Two Northern Virginia state legislators will introduce bills to repeal Virginia s new tax on hybrid and electric vehicles on the

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/author/susan-yin/page/3/ (2016-05-02)
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  • In Spirit of Paris, Top Maryland Lawmakers Propose Largest Clean Energy Jobs Plan in State History | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    needed most while unlocking the full talent of our state s clean energy entrepreneurs Senator Brian Feldman and Delegate Bill Frick of Montgomery County are lead sponsors of the legislation to expand Maryland s Renewable Portfolio Standard RPS Sen Pugh and Del Davis will join Senator Mac Middleton chair of the Finance Committee and Senator Rich Madaleno vice chair of the Budget and Taxation Committee as co sponsors of the bill in 2016 I m proud to sponsor this legislation because addressing climate change and improving our economy go hand in hand said Sen Brian Feldman It s time to lock in Maryland as a leader in both The legislation would ensure that Maryland gets 25 percent of its electricity from clean sources like wind and solar power by 2020 up from the state s current goal of 20 percent by 2022 By creating incentives for roughly 1 300 megawatts of new clean energy the bill would significantly improve Marylanders air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions which are causing rising sea levels record storms and increased flooding Maryland s solar industry now employs over 3 000 workers and the industry expects to grow 26 percent this year adding 750 more jobs said Del Frick In 2016 it s time to speed up this growth while providing better training to more Maryland workers Climate change solutions like cleaner more efficient energy mean healthy air and healthy people who can go to work and support their families said Sen Madaleno All Marylanders deserve clean air to live healthier and more meaningful lives Maryland has met its existing renewable energy standard every year since the RPS program was first implemented in 2005 Maryland now ranks among the top solar states in the nation Plummeting solar and wind prices and abundant untapped renewable assets from sunny rooftops to blustery Eastern Shore farmland position the state to easily achieve a higher goal Collectively Maryland s policies to address climate change are expected to create 26 000 to 33 000 new jobs and grow wages by tens of billions of dollars by 2020 according to state data The new workforce development plan within the RPS bill would tap 40 million of unallocated contributions to Maryland s Strategic Energy Investment Fund Part of the funding would provide pre apprenticeship job training in the clean energy sector targeted to areas of the state with high unemployment Bolstering existing job training programs at Maryland community colleges is one example of how the funds could be put to work Gregory Mason Vice President of Business and Continuing Education at Baltimore City Community College also spoke at today s press conference Not only is more renewable energy critical to preserving our natural resources but it also offers a foot in the door for our students to begin and advance careers within a well paid burgeoning industry Additional funding would establish a Clean Energy Business Development Fund to help minority and women owned businesses enter and grow within the clean energy

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/maryland-lawmakers-propose-40-million-clean-jobs-plan/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Groups Condemn Federal Ruling on Cove Point LNG Export Facility | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    risk of contaminated groundwater and more threats to the health of people who live near gas wells said Deb Nardone director of the Sierra Club s Beyond Natural Gas campaign FERC should be standing up for the public good not the interests of dirty polluters FERC s decision to approve Cove Point is the result of a biased review process rigged in favor of approving gas industry projects no matter how great the environmental and safety concerns said Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network FERC refused to even require an environmental impact statement for this 3 8 billion facility right on the Bay We intend to challenge this ruling all the way to court if necessary For the safety of Marylanders and for people across our region facing new fracking wells and pipelines we will continue to fight this project until it is stopped FERC s failure to demonstrate compliance with the most current safety standards in the National Fire Protection Association NFPA 59A 2013 is a fatal flaw in the Environmental Assessment that could cost residents and first responders their lives said Tracey Eno a member of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community Members of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community CCHC believe that these new standards were a direct response to the horrific explosions that occurred at a Skikda Algeria LNG export facility in 2004 resulting in serious casualties and extensive property damage We have endured the betrayal of our own elected officials most notably our five Calvert County Commissioners our federal representatives and Governor Martin O Malley who have all inexplicably refused to insist on the latest fire safety standards for the Dominion Cove Point LNG export expansion We now call on the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Transportation to step in and insist on full compliance with NFPA 59A 2013 before Lusby becomes home to the first large scale liquefaction train ever to be installed in a such a densely populated residential neighborhood in the history of the industry Potomac Riverkeeper is extremely concerned about the impact of this new LNG export facility on the entire Potomac and Shenandoah Watershed said Sarah Rispin General Counsel for Potomac Riverkeeper Inc We believe that FERC failed to take into account the cumulative impact that having a major export facility on the Chesapeake Bay will have on the watershed by driving increased fracking activity in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations and the construction of new pipelines serving the facility that will crisscross the region We are carefully reviewing FERC s decision to approve the Cove Point export facility with our clients and planning our next steps said Jocelyn D Ambrosio associate attorney at Earthjustice If FERC has refused to revisit its inadequate environmental review will have no choice but to petition FERC to reconsider its decision and ultimately we may have to take the case to court FERC s decision today ignores the many diverse impacts that an LNG export facility will have on local

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/groups-condemn-federal-ruling-on-cove-point-lng-export-facility/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Curtis Bay Fights the Energy Answers Incinerator | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    particulate matter which are linked to cancer heart disease increased risk of diabetes aggravated asthma and other respiratory problems link to incinerator report These health impacts are especially troublesome because of the two schools located less than a mile from the plant s property boundary After failing to meet the deadline to begin construction outlined in its original permit Energy Answers applied for an extension of its permit to construct in January of 2012 In December 2012 a judge from the Public Service Commission gave final approval for the extension request Energy Answers has until August 2013 to finalize its financing contracts and start construction If the company fails to do so it will have to apply for yet another permit extension Local residents demand strong pollution protections CCAN promotes a clean energy future for Maryland and will challenge energy proposals that undermine this goal The Energy Answers waste to energy incinerator poses many potential health risks to the local community Over the past three years we have worked hard to ensure the construction permits for this facility are as strong as possible and protective of the community s health and environment CCAN along with our partners at Environmental Integrity Project has worked to educate the community both about the risks associated with this proposed facility and the opportunities for public input on the permits We held forums attended community meetings and went door to door educating residents closest to the proposed site In the end hundreds of residents submitted formal comments on the draft permits to the Public Service Commission highlighting vital pollution standards that needed strengthening Local residents voiced concerns at every stage of the permitting process Because of the technical comments submitted by our attorneys at the Environmental Integrity Project EIP and the hundreds of citizen comments

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/maryland/incinerators/curtis-bay/ (2016-05-02)
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