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Alabama Coal: Past and Present

May 8, 2017
Allison Mollenkamp / APR

There were a number of audiences being targeted during the race for the Presidency. One that hits home here in Alabama were coal workers. That energy source was once Alabama’s lifeblood. However, new regulations and new energy sources are changing the story and promises from the White House may not do much to breathe new life into what looks like a struggling industry.

Power Utilities Wrestle With New Coal Ash Rules

Nov 21, 2016
Barry ash pond drain
EPA

Power utilities in Alabama and across the country are facing tough decisions on how to store all the ash their coal-fired power plants generate.

Last week was the deadline for utilities to post public plans for complying with new environmental regulations. That means closing the large unlined ponds that have traditionally been used to store the toxic ash. Both the TVA and Alabama Power plan to use a method called “cap-in-place”, where they’ll drain wastewater from the ponds and then cover up the more than 90 million tons of ash.

Hundreds of Alabama Miners Gather in DC

Sep 8, 2016
UMWA Protest
Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Mine workers in Alabama are headed to Washington today.

They’ll be joining other members of the United Mine Workers of America in a rally. The demonstration is in support of legislation that would protect pensions and healthcare for retired miners. These benefits have been jeopardized by a downturn in the coal industry across the U.S. Alabama has been hit particularly hard due to the bankruptcy of Walter Energy.

Phil Smith is the Director of Government Affairs for the United Mine Workers. He says Alabama miners have the backing of their government representatives.

Alabama coal communities receive money through grant

Aug 26, 2016

New funding is set to help Alabama coal communities. APR Student Reporter Allison Mollenkamp has more…

The Southern Research Institute and the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center are teaming up to fund an entrepreneurship program and a business development plan.

A total of one hundred twenty thousand dollars will be split between the programs. It will target the Appalachian region of Alabama with an aim at spurring small business in the area.

NASA is building a new satellite to study air pollution and scientists are gathering in Huntsville to learn how to use it.

A workshop for new air quality monitoring technology is being held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The air sniffing satellite is called TEMPO and its set for launch around 2020. A conference is a way for scientists on the TEMPO project to answer questions that general users may have about the data and workings of the satellite.

A workshop today in Tuscaloosa was expected to help Alabama communities that lost coal mining jobs.

The Appalachian Regional Authority spoke about how colleges and governments can apply for part of sixty five million dollars in federal aid. The money is meant to help put out of work coal miners back on the payroll.

Co-Chairman Earl Gohl** says some coal towns have used grant money to beef up their manufacturing sectors, while West Virginia took another path…

A legal group has filed a complaint against an Alabama Supreme Court justice over his public comments against same-sex marriage.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday it has filed a complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission against Justice Tom Parker.

The complaint cites comments Parker made on a Christian radio show.

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Alabama's utility regulators are supporting coal and opposing federal efforts to limit fossil fuel emissions.

Alabama Public Service commissioners Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden and commissioner-elect Chip Beeker spoke at a news conference Monday ahead of hearings on new federal rules to limit coal.

The say the changes could cost jobs and result in higher utility bills.

Al.com quotes Beeker as saying God created coal in Alabama, and no one has a right to push a policy that runs against God's plan.