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More than $1.2M in grants to go to river watershed projects

Aug. 8, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than $1.2 million in grants is going to 11 projects to improve water quality, habitat, biodiversity and flood resilience across the Upper Connecticut River watershed. The grants were announced from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The money comes from a fund the...

Federal utility moving forward on Tennessee coal ash removal

Aug. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility is moving forward with plans to remove coal ash at a Tennessee power plant and move it to a lined, permitted landfill onsite. The Tennessee Valley Authority says the plan at the Gallatin Fossil Plant is pending state approval. TVA’s preferred option is...

University of Maine receives $100M for floating wind turbine

Aug. 6, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two renewable energy companies are investing $100 million to build an offshore, floating wind turbine with the University of Maine, which has been researching and developing technology for such a project for 12 years. New England Aqua Ventus, a joint venture of Diamond Offshore Wind...

Montana coal-fired power plant starts partial demolition

Aug. 5, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's largest coal-fired power plant has begun demolishing equipment as part of a partial closure. The Colstrip Power Plant started dismantling its Unit 1 and 2 cooling towers in July, The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday. Units 1 and 2 of the facility built in the 1970s were...

Maine court hears arguments about bid to stop hydro plan

Aug. 5, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court heard arguments Wednesday that could be a taste of a long legal fight over the fate of a proposed hydropower transmission corridor. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments about the future of a citizens' campaign to block the much-debated hydropower...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 3, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Nursing home residents must be protected The Warren Tribune Chronicle Aug. 3 About 40 percent of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with...

FILE - Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House, in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Householder, who is accused in a $60 million federal bribery probe, was removed from his leadership position on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Nuclear bailout tied to bribery scandal was years in making

Aug. 3, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A $1 billion bailout for Ohio’s two nuclear plants that’s now entangled in a state bribery scandal had little support when the idea came up three years ago. It was all but dead until the spring of last year, when the new leader of the Ohio House stepped up with a...

President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hype on drug costs, hydroxychloroquine

Aug. 3, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making grandiose claims about slashing drug prices and the efficacy of a treatment for COVID-19 that don’t hold up to reality. In a tweet Sunday, he asserts that he will reduce drug prices by at least 50%. That’s highly unlikely. Measures announced...

Alice Strunck visits the site of natural springs that feed the Devils River on her family's Hudspeth River Ranch in Val Verde County north of Comstock, Texas, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Her family has owned the ranch since 1905 and encompasses part of the Devils River and several springs that feed it. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Wind farms threaten West Texas river and Air Force routes

Aug. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

COMSTOCK, Texas (AP) — Exactly how the Devils River got its forbidding name is lost to history, but there is little doubt the harsh terrain and fierce natives who once reigned here played a role. “It is far from any habitation, in a barren waste surrounded by hostile Comanches, but it is a beautiful...

Residents sue Georgia Power claiming coal ash pollution

Aug. 1, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JULIETTE, Ga. (AP) — Residents near a middle Georgia power plant are suing Georgia Power Co., alleging the plant is poisoning their well water. The suit filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court alleges the electric utility has illegally released toxic heavy metals from coal ash at Plant Scherer into...