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FirstEnergy Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Consumer, business and environmental groups are rallying to oppose FirstEnergy’s request for a federal bailout now that the company’s subsidiary FirstEnergy Solutions has filed for bankruptcy.

This could be the major utility company’s last shot at keeping its nuclear and coal plants open.

Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

FirstEnergy, one of Ohio’s largest utilities, is moving forward with a plan to shut down its coal and nuclear power plants after filing for bankruptcy. But FirstEnergy's workers aren't taking the move lying down.

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It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the “war on coal.”

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The Ohio EPA is welcoming word that U.S. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt wants to repeal the national power plant emissions regulations written during the Obama Administration.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the "basics" of clean air and water. The EPA's Superfund program manages the cleanup of some of the most toxic waste sites. Pruitt says the EPA will soon name a top 10 list of sites to focus on.

One potential site for that list is the Tar Creek Superfund site in far northeast Oklahoma, where a team of agency officials recently visited.

Coal plants are struggling to make a profit in Ohio. And there have been proposals from regulators and lawmakers that would help prop up those plants by passing additional costs on to customers. However, legislators say their latest plan would help a struggling plant that was created under unusual circumstances that go back 60 years. 

State energy regulators are looking over a new plan, proposed by AEP, that would allow the utility company to increase rates on customer electric bills.