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The Latest: California power cuts made over wildfire risk

Sep. 17, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on power outages sparked by wildfire risks in California's Sierra Nevada (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Thousands of people in California's Sierra Nevada are still without electricity because of wildfire danger. Southern California Edison cut power Monday afternoon to...

Fishermen demand a say in decisions on offshore wind energy

Sep. 16, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Fishermen insisted Monday to a congressional subcommittee looking at offshore wind energy that they be consulted when crucial decisions are being made on the development of such projects, including where they are located and the level of access to the waters near them. Fishermen...

Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho

Sep. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The partially melted reactor core from the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history could remain in Idaho for another 20 years if regulators finalize a license extension sought by the U.S. Energy Department, officials said Monday. The core from Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania partially...

New Mexico utility recalculates costs of energy plan

Sep. 16, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility is recalculating costs and benefits associated with the planned closure of a coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico. Public Service Company of New Mexico is filing corrected paperwork with state regulators this week after finding a...

North Dakota drillers set oil production record in July

Sep. 16, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators say drillers set a record for oil production in July. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.44 million barrels of oil daily in July. That was up from the previous record of 1.42 million barrels a day in set in June. North...

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban

Sep. 15, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police fired chemical-laced blue water and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban. A mixed crowd of...

California lawmakers tackled health care, wildfire costs

Sep. 14, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In their first year with a new governor, California lawmakers passed legislation aimed at guarding against financial harm from wildfires, deterring fatal police shootings and expanding health care to young immigrants living in the country illegally. That's on top of efforts...

Maine receives $2.5 million in latest greenhouse gas auction

Sep. 14, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Utility regulators say Maine has received nearly $2.5 million in the latest auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances. Maine is among nine New England and mid-Atlantic states that participate in the program. Such states limit, or cap, carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to...

Lead pipes that tainted Newark's water are found across US

Sep. 13, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A drinking water crisis in New Jersey's biggest city is bringing new attention to an old problem: Millions of homes across the U.S. get their water through pipes made of toxic lead, which can leach out and poison children if the water isn't treated with the right mix of chemicals....

New Mexico team to study uses for oil industry's waste water

Sep. 12, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State environmental regulators are teaming up with New Mexico State University to study how waste water from the booming oil and gas industry can be treated and reused. State officials announced the formation of a new consortium Thursday. The group is charged with filling in...