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Not so fast: California's last nuke plant might run longer

Aug. 08, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aggressive push toward renewable energy has run headlong into anxiety over keeping the lights on in California, where the largest utility is considering whether to try to extend the lifespan of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant. California is...

Energy secretary: Nuclear is key to meeting US energy goals

Aug. 04, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Research at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility is key to boosting nuclear energy to meet President Joe Biden’s goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050, Energy Department Secretary Jennifer Granholm said. Granholm on Wednesday...

Judge rules against Navy in Growler jet fleet lawsuit

Aug. 04, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the Navy violated the National Environmental Policy Act during its environmental review process for the expansion of the Growler jet fleet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The ruling said the Navy failed to disclose the basis for...

Advocates: Senate bill means environmental health, also harm

Aug. 04, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

Billions of dollars in climate and environment investments could flow to communities in the United States that have been plagued by pollution and climate threats for decades, if the proposed Inflation Reduction Act becomes law. The bill, announced by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin last month,...

Australia to protect Barrier Reef by banning coal mine

Aug. 04, 2022 05:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government announced on Thursday it plans to prevent development of a coal mine due to the potential impact on the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said she intends to deny approval for the Central...

EPA announces flights to look for methane in Permian Basin

Aug. 03, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it will conduct helicopter overflights to look for methane “super emitters” in the nation's largest oil and gas producing region. EPA's Region 6 headquarters in Dallas, Texas, issued a news release about a new...

Australian government confident of emissions reduction law

Aug. 03, 2022 01:53 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said Wednesday it is confident its greenhouse gas reduction target will be enshrined in law after negotiating amendments with senators from outside the new administration’s ranks. A bill to enshrine the center-left Labor...

California not counting methane leaks from idle wells

Aug. 02, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

California claims to know how much climate-warming gas is going into the air from within its borders. It's the law: California limits climate pollution and each year the limits get stricter. The state has also been a major oil and gas producer for more than a century, and...

FCA US put on probation, must pay $300M for emission scheme

Aug. 01, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — FCA US, formerly known as Chrysler Group, was placed on probation for three years Monday and ordered to pay roughly $300 million for deceiving regulators about diesel emission systems on 101,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 trucks. The sentence was part of an...

Biden nominates utility's ex-board chair to rejoin panel

Jul. 30, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated the former board chairman of the nation’s largest public utility to rejoin the panel. Huntsville, Alabama attorney Joe Ritch is Biden’s pick to return to the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority. ...