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What? What? City bans use of loud, gas-powered leaf blowers

Apr. 17, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city is banning the use of loud, gas-powered leaf blowers. The City Council passed a phased-in ban this week, the Burlington Free Press reported. It mandates moving to quieter electric-powered leaf blowers, which will be...

Owner, builder of solar array fined for polluting brook

Apr. 17, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A New Jersey solar energy company and utility Eversource have agreed to pay up to $310,000 in state fines to Massachusetts for allegedly violating state environmental laws that led to pollution of a brook and other protected areas. The...

Arizona panel moving to restrict disconnections by utilities

Apr. 17, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A 3-2 vote by the Arizona Corporation Commission puts the regulatory panel on course to further restrict utility shut-offs for nonpayment during extreme heat and under other conditions. heat. The commission's 3-2 vote Wednesday night capped 16 hours of...

NC panel signs off on Duke Energy orders on rates, coal ash

Apr. 16, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Utilities Commission has signed off on orders involving Duke Energy's two electric subsidiaries in the state over their 2019 rate increase requests and a plan for how the company will pay to get rid of coal ash stored in the state. ...

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday revoked a series of Trump administration orders that promoted fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and issued a separate directive that prioritizes climate change in agency decisions. The moves...

Regulators rebuke PG&E for neglect in reducing wildfire risk

Apr. 15, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are stepping up their oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric after finding that the nation's largest utility has neglected the maintenance of an electrical grid that has ignited a series of deadly wildfires in Northern California and forced...

$15M penalty assessed for Michigan hydro project violations

Apr. 15, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A federal agency Thursday assessed a $15 million civil penalty against a company for safety violations at three Michigan hydroelectric projects, including a dam that collapsed last year and contributed to flooding that forced evacuation of about 10,000 people. ...

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

Apr. 15, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wrongly denied some same-sex spouses benefits for years by claiming their unions were not recognized even after courts struck down gay marriage bans, court documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The agency that determines...

Alaska denied benefits to gay couples despite court rulings

Apr. 15, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wrongly denied some same-sex spouses benefits for years by claiming their unions were not recognized even after courts struck down gay marriage bans, court documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The agency that determines...

Energy, voting rights loom in congressional special election

Apr. 13, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican congressional nominee and New Mexico state Sen. Mark Moores is staking out a campaign platform based on support for the oil and natural gas industry, robust police funding and taxation issues, ahead of a rapid-fire special election. The...