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Environmental groups ask Maine to suspend energy project

Nov. 30, 2021 16:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental groups have requested that the federal government suspend the permits it issued to a billion-dollar electricity project for Massachusetts residents, which Maine voters rejected in a referendum last month. Three groups, including...

Lawsuit targets Georgia plant over ethylene oxide releases

Nov. 29, 2021 18:59 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An Augusta company that uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical instruments is being sued by residents, the latest such suit in Georgia. The Augusta Chronicle reports the lawsuit by 20 current and former Augusta residents...

Fire at Pilot Mountain State Park burns hundreds of acres

Nov. 29, 2021 18:51 PM EST

PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Fire crews in North Carolina are working to control a fire in Pilot Mountain State Park that has already burned hundreds of acres. Meanwhile the N.C. Forest Service announced Monday a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning...

Settlement: Old toxic cables to be removed from Lake Tahoe

Nov. 25, 2021 15:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — AT&T’s Pac Bell subsidiary has settled a lawsuit conservationists filed under a U.S. law more typically cited in Superfund cases, agreeing to spend up to $1.5 million to remove 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) of toxic telephone cables that were abandoned on the bottom of...

Colorado debates bonding for closing, cleaning orphan wells

Nov. 25, 2021 10:16 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Proposed reforms meant to ensure taxpayers don’t get stuck paying to clean up oil and gas sites could actually leave the public open to eventually covering billions of dollars in costs, environmentalists and local governments contend. The Colorado Oil...

Poland to cut fuel, energy prices to fight inflation

Nov. 25, 2021 07:47 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday that starting in December the government will cut tax on fuels and on energy and will offer bonuses to hardest hit households next year to counter inflation that has reached its highest level since 2001. ...

California denies most fracking permits ahead of 2024 ban

Nov. 24, 2021 18:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators haven't approved permits for the controversial oil and gas extraction process known as fracking since February, effectively phasing out the process ahead of Gov. Gavin Newsom's 2024 deadline to end it. The state's...

Xcel files plan to close coal-fired power plant in Pueblo

Nov. 24, 2021 18:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy has proposed a tentative agreement to close Colorado's largest coal-fired power plant by 2035, well ahead of its original retirement date of 2070, as regulators consider how the largest utility operating in the state can reduce its carbon emissions. ...

Review coming of effects of Maine dams on rare salmon

Nov. 24, 2021 15:06 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will perform an environmental review of the effects of four Maine dams on endangered salmon in a win for conservationists in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the review on Tuesday, the Portland Press...

Georgia proposes $3 million fine for cargo ship pollution

Nov. 24, 2021 12:19 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — State environmental regulators are proposing a $3 million fine for the Hyundai Glovis Co. logistics and shipping firm after a cargo ship carrying vehicles capsized and polluted ocean waters off the Georgia coast. In an order posted Tuesday, the Georgia...