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Energy secretary: We must find a solution for nuclear waste

May. 20, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — It is critical to find a solution for storing the nation's spent nuclear fuel, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Friday during a visit to a nuclear power plant in Connecticut. Granholm was invited to tour Millstone Nuclear Power Station in...

MN utility commission: CO2 pipelines should be regulated

May. 20, 2022 08:52 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utility regulators have decided pipelines that carry carbon dioxide are hazardous and therefore subject to state approval. The decision by the Public Utilities Commission Thursday affects two multibillion-dollar CO2 pipelines proposed to cross...

Companies fined $1.75m in worker death at Bay Area refinery

May. 19, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — California workplace safety regulators fined a San Francisco Bay Area refinery and three contractor companies more than $1.75 million for safety violations in the death of a worker who suffocated while trying to clean a well, officials said Thursday. ...

House passes bill to crack down on gasoline 'price gouging'

May. 19, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely divided House approved legislation Thursday to crack down on alleged price gouging by oil companies and other energy producers as prices at the pump continue to soar. A bill backed by House Democrats would give President Joe Biden authority to declare an...

Germany's Schroeder loses office amid anger over Russia ties

May. 19, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers agreed Thursday to strip former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of his office and staff after he maintained and defended his long-standing ties with Russia and its energy sector despite the invasion of Ukraine. Sven Kindler, a financial policy spokesman...

Indonesia lifts ban on cooking oil export as supply improves

May. 19, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia said Thursday it will lift a monthlong ban on palm oil export, citing improvements in the supply and domestic price of bulk cooking oil. President Joko Widodo said exports will resume on Monday. Indonesia and Malaysia are the...

Indiana Republicans show no signs of moving for gas tax cut

May. 18, 2022 14:40 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republicans aren’t showing signs of putting the brakes on rising state gasoline taxes even as the state government continues its streak of fast-growing tax collections. Motorists in Indiana are now paying about 56 cents per gallon in state taxes on...

UK inflation hits 40-year high amid Russia's war in Ukraine

May. 18, 2022 05:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s inflation rate rose to the highest level in 40 years last month as Russia's war in Ukraine fueled further increases in food and fuel prices. Consumer price inflation accelerated to 9% in the 12 months through April, up from 7% the previous month, the...

Japan OKs plan to release Fukushima nuclear plant wastewater

May. 18, 2022 04:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved plans by the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant to release its treated radioactive wastewater into the sea next year, saying the outlined methods are safe and risks to the environment minimal. The plan was...

Ratepayer advocates seek protections in offshore wind case

May. 17, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State regulators considering whether to approve Dominion Energy Virginia's plans for a nearly $10 billion offshore wind farm should implement protections to shield customers from possible cost overruns and other project risks, ratepayer advocates testified Tuesday. ...