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APNewsBreak: NRC looking at reducing inspections at reactors

Jul. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety. The recommendations, made public Tuesday,...

No injuries when trash drum at SC nuclear plant catches fire

Jul. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a small fire inside a drum of waste at a South Carolina factory that makes nuclear fuel was put out without any injuries or danger to the public. A report from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said workers at the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel plant near Columbia...

PSC sets hearings on Washington Gas rate increase request

Jul. 16, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland regulators have scheduled two public comment hearings on a request by Washington Gas Light Company to increase its gas service rates by nearly $36 million. The Public Service Commission announced Monday it has scheduled a July 29 hearing in Rockville, Maryland. It also announced...

New Mexico AG draws fire for working with NYU energy center

Jul. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico attorney general's office is drawing criticism for employing two lawyers funded by a New York University center that promotes clean energy and environmental laws. The energy advocacy group Power the Future and the American Tort Reform Association have raised...

Senators: Communities storing spent nuclear fuel need help

Jul. 15, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — A proposal before the U.S. Senate would seek to help communities around the country that face the expensive problem of storing spent nuclear fuel. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois are calling the proposal "the STRANDED Act." That...

Chevron ordered to halt oil spill into California canyon

Jul. 14, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators say Chevron has not done enough to stop a massive oil spill that dumped about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon, and they want the company to take further action to halt the flow. The seep out of the ground where Chevron injects...

Minnesota to consider using energy storage for peaker plants

Jul. 14, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. The provision, part of an omnibus jobs and energy bill, "puts energy storage on a level playing field with natural gas plants...

Carbon tax proposal gaining steam on Beacon Hill

Jul. 13, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill designed to rev up the state's reliance on renewable energy by imposing a charge on carbon emissions is gaining steam at the Massachusetts Statehouse. Under the proposal, the state would set a fee based on each ton of carbon dioxide emissions produced by fossil fuels. The tax would...

Earthquakes shake up Yucca Mountain nuke dump talk in Nevada

Jul. 13, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recent California earthquakes that rattled Las Vegas have shaken up arguments on both sides of a stalled federal plan to entomb nuclear waste beneath a long-studied site in southern Nevada. Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said this week his legislation to jump-start the process to...

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California

Jul. 12, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills. The newly revealed spill has been flowing off and...