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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>

Bill prohibiting perpetual mine pollution voted down

standardHELENA – A bill to prohibit the state from permitting mines that require perpetual remediation was voted down on party lines and tabled in committee on Wednesday. <READ MORE>

Mining bill sees support from industry and conservation groups

Helena IRMining advocates and conservation groups that often oppose each other on mining-related legislation found some common ground Monday with a bill to add regulations for storing mine tailings. <READ MORE>