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Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Lamont must be open about State Pier deal going forward The Day Jan. 16 Upon finally reviewing the memorandum of understanding that outlines the tentative terms of a public-private deal to overhaul State Pier, transforming it into a hub to support offshore wind...

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign stop in Austin, Texas. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, Bloomberg's presidential campaign said they have begun hiring staff in Pennsylvania, a late primary state where his chief competitors for the Democratic Party's nomination have inroads. (Lola Gomez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Michael Bloomberg outlines plans for cleaner buildings, cars

Jan. 17, 2020 6:37 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg would push for all new cars to be electric by 2035 and new buildings to produce zero carbon emissions by 2025 as part of clean energy plans he released this week. Bloomberg's latest climate plans build off his December plan to...

New Jersey sets new goal for electric cars, offers incentive

Jan. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey set lofty new goals Friday as Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill boosting the number of electric vehicles in the state over the next five to 15 years and establishing an incentive of as much as $5,000 for people who buy them. The legislation is being hailed by...

FILE - In this April 1, 2013 file photo, a member of a cleanup crew is reflected in water and oil in a drainage ditch along State Highway 365 in Mayflower, Ark. A segment of a crude oil pipeline that has been closed since it ruptured in Central Arkansas in 2013 is being inspected and tested, officials said this week. Energy Transfer Partners LLC, which owns what was formerly known as the Pegasus Pipeline, notified Central Arkansas Water that testing is underway, utility CEO Tad Bohannon said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Courtney Spradlin/Log Cabin Democrat via AP, File)

Integrity tests done on Arkansas oil pipeline that ruptured

Jan. 17, 2020 3:35 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A company tested the integrity of a segment of pipeline that has been idle since it ruptured in 2013, spilling 5,000 barrels of crude oil in a Arkansas neighborhood and causing more than $57 million in damage. The tests that were conducted on the Permian Express pipeline from...

Regulators OK natural gas power plant in northern Wisconsin

Jan. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators have approved plans for a $700 million power plant on the shores of Lake Superior despite conservationists' concerns that the facility will harm the environment. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 on Thursday to...

Oregon judge orders clean energy ballot measures to proceed

Jan. 16, 2020 8:38 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county judge in Oregon on Thursday ordered the secretary of state to process two clean energy ballot initiatives that environmentalists want to bring before voters in November, after the state official had rejected them. Secretary of State Bev Clarno, a Republican, had earlier said the...

File - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, are homes leveled by the Camp Fire line the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community in Paradise, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement covering most of the losses from a series of catastrophic wildfires that drove Pacific Gas and Electric into bankruptcy is turning into a financial tug of war pitting the interests of U.S. taxpayers against the disaster victims still trying to rebuild their lives. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Judge threatens to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers

Jan. 16, 2020 8:21 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threatened to force Pacific Gas & Electric to hire more tree trimmers to reduce the chances of its electrical grid igniting fires in Northern California and adhere to a requirement imposed after the utility's natural gas lines blew up a neighborhood a...

Colorado uranium producer lays off third of Utah workforce

Jan. 16, 2020 5:19 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Colorado energy company laid off a third of its workforce in southeast Utah, primarily at the last conventional uranium mill operating in the United States. Energy Fuels Inc. laid off 24 of its 79 employees, most of them at the White Mesa Mill, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The...

Laura Maria de Almeida shows her home's water storage container, full of cloudy, smelly water, on her roof in the Complexo de Alemao slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan.16, 2020. De Almeida said cloudy water isn't unusual in her community, but police are investigating workers at a state utility after smelly tap water flowed into dozens of neighborhoods of the Brazilian city. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)

Rio police investigate utility, workers for malodorous water

Jan. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police are investigating workers at a state utility after foul-smelling tap water began flowing into dozens of neighborhoods in the Brazilian city, raising health concerns and sparking a run on bottled water. Investigator Júlio Filho said police will question...

Utility raises $2.3M for Maine transmission line campaign

Jan. 16, 2020 3:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine utility spent more than $2.3 million in the most recent quarter to rally against a potential statewide vote about whether it can build a transmission line to bring hydropower from Canada. The utility, Central Maine Power, wants to build a 145-mile line to bring power to the...