Friday, February 25, 2011

Zoning board denies SCE&G coal ash landfill - | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

"COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – The coal ash landfill is a no go for now.

After months of meetings, the Colleton County Zoning Board denied SCE&G's landfill proposal in Walterboro. SCE&G wanted a zoning exception to put a 1,000-acre coal ash landfill in a rural part of the county.

'We really feel great about the decision of the zoning board rendered,' said Walterboro resident Melvin Ancrum. It was a tense hearing from both sides.'"

Thursday, February 24, 2011

S.C. nuke panel chief resigns - Local / Metro -

"Saying South Carolina is no longer the nation’s prime destination for low-level atomic waste, a Rock Hill lawyer says he’s stepping down as chairman of the three-state Atlantic Compact commission effective June 30.
Ben Johnson says he’s ready to leave because the 11-year-old Atlantic Compact has accomplished its purpose of limiting the flow of low-level atomic waste to South Carolina.
“I am proud that we kept our commitment to the public and to South Carolina’s environment,’’ Johnson said in his Feb. 7 resignation letter to Gov. Nikki Haley."

Poor residents central to energy talks | Bluffton Today

Sarita Chourey
"A central question Friday, however, was whether moving to more stringent efficiency standards in housing would help or hurt the poor. South Carolina currently follows standards of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, recognized in federal law, green building standards and most states.

Low-income households spend 14-16 percent of their income on utility bills, according to the Alliance report, which also says the Palmetto State produces only 38 percent of its energy and imports the rest."

Colleton County again considers SCE&G landfill - State & Regional - Wire -

"The utility wants a zoning exception to put a 1,000-acre coal ash landfill in a rural part of the county. Two environmental groups plan a news conference before the meeting to discuss their opposition."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

House GOP to examine administration's 'wild lands' policy - The Hill's E2-Wire

By Andrew Restuccia - 02/22/11 03:10 PM ET
"The so-called “wild lands” policy, which the Department of Interior unveiled in December, allows the administration to protect land that has not been designated as wilderness land. Republicans have slammed the policy as an effort to circumvent Congress’s authority and raised fears that it could be used to make lands off-limits to oil-and-gas drilling."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Clyburn Testifies Before Congress In Support of Net Neutrality | Political News and Opinion for African-Americans on Politic365

"Referring to the Internet as “a great equalizer,” Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn testified before the House Sub-committee on Communications and Technology about her support for an open network architecture and net neutrality rules."

Engine to power one-third of campus - Central Florida Future

"By using the excess heat produced by the new engine, Norvell expects about 1,000 tons of refrigeration to be produced, which is about a tenth of what UCF uses on a summer day.
Mitsubishi expects the reduced CO2 emissions, cheaper operational costs and advantage of recaptured heat will further U.S. interest in its power plants.
While the total cost of the project is $9.2 million, UCF hopes to save $2.4 million per year in comparison to the current power deal with Progress Energy.
UCF will spend $2.8 million per year on natural gas"

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