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Zinke Votes For Toxic Coal Ash Bill, Removing Safeguards for Montana’s Water

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2015

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Zinke Votes For Toxic Coal Ash Bill, Removing Safeguards for Montana’s Water

Helena, MT – On Wednesday, July 22nd, Congressman Ryan Zinke voted in favor of a bill that removes, weakens, and delays critical safety protections established in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited and first-ever national coal ash rule. H.R. 1734 passed by a vote of 258 to 166, but has been threatened with a veto by the Obama administration.

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Montana Ahead of the Game in Court Ruling on Mercury

Public News ServiceHELENA, Mont. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the costs of implementing smokestack technology to control mercury pollution should have been considered by the EPA before the agency proceeded to draft its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Read More. 

IEEFA Report: Two More Aging Coal-Fired Power Plants That Should Be Retired

Colstrip Power Plant

A new report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis shows in deep detail how two aging coal-fired units at an electricity-generation plant in eastern Montana are financially unviable in the fast-changing new energy economy.

Court Strikes Down Coal Pollution Rule, Environmentalists And Coal Industry Cheer

mtprA federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a rule meant to reduce haze from coal burned in Montana.

Environmentalists were critical that rule wasn’t strong enough and hope it will be revised and strengthened. Meanwhile, the coal industry is calling the ruling a victory.

Montana rails form crucial link in world energy chain, leaders say

MissoulianEnergy doesn’t help anybody if it can’t get where it’s wanted, and Montana forms a crucial link in the energy transportation chain, railroad leaders at the Asia-Montana Energy Summit said Thursday. <READ MORE>

Groups honor former legislator Carol Williams as Conservation Champion

MissoulianMaybe she doesn’t owe it all to Butte, but Carol Williams’ hometown was integral in forging the conservation ethic she’s known for. Williams was feted Tuesday in Missoula by the National Wildlife Federation and three other groups as Conservation Champion. It was the first of what his group hopes is an annual event centered around Women’s History Month, said David Dittloff, regional representative for NWF. <READ MORE>