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Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 

Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

WYO "Clean Coal Technology" Reputation Up in Smoke?

March 29, 2007

Wyoming is often showcased as the leader in "clean coal technology" with ways to burn coal for power without air pollution. But plans for a new coal-burning plant in Gillette area have seven conservation groups saying the "clean coal" reputation is not deserved. Jill Morrison with the Powder River Basin Resource Council says so far, the state isn't requiring much air pollution control for the Dry Fork Power Station.

"In this day and age, we have both the technology and the wherewithal, and I think we also ought to have the political gumption to do what needs to be done to have clean air."

Morrison says the pollution control proposals she's seen overlook the most advanced technology required by in other states.

"If you're using this type of old coal-fired power plant, there are a lot better controls they could put on for the
pollution than was even proposed here."

State and federal laws require specific air pollution controls. The company building the plant reports air quality devices have not been finalized. Coal power plant air pollution includes mercury, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxides and sulfur dioxide.

Comments were filed opposing the air quality permit for the plant. The seven groups involved: Powder River Basin Resource Council, Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club, Wyoming Wilderness Association, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Western Resource Advocates, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Natural Resources Defense Council.

More information on the power plant is available at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WY