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Baltimore sugar plant works to recover after bad harvests

Jan. 25, 2020 9:00 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Under the neon Domino Sugars sign in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a century-old refinery steadily produces the crucial ingredient in American candy, soda and other foods. The already busy plant soon might need to burn even more calories. Unusually bad weather around the country ruined...

2 killed, 20 injured when warehouse explosion shakes Houston

Jan. 24, 2020 11:18 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A massive explosion Friday leveled a warehouse in Houston, killing two workers, damaging nearby buildings and homes and rousing frightened residents from their sleep miles away, authorities said. The explosion happened about 4:30 a.m. inside a building at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing,...

Kentucky officials worry bankrupt mines may abandon cleanup

Jan. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are concerned that two bankrupt coal companies could abandon their environmental obligations. At a hearing this week in West Virginia, officials said Blackjewel LLC and Revelation Energy might leave Kentucky taxpayers with a bill for millions in mine reclamation...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, a firefighter walks through the scene of a building explosion in Farmington, Maine. According to testimony at a legislative hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, the blast was caused by a post that was placed in the ground to protect an exterior heating unit, severing an underground gas line. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

No criminal charges to be filed in deadly propane blast

Jan. 24, 2020 1:15 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine company that severed an underground propane line that caused a deadly propane explosion was cited for violating the state's Dig Safe law, but no criminal charges are warranted, officials said Friday. The propane line was ruptured by a Manchester company that was installing...

New coal mine operator behind on federal, county taxes

Jan. 24, 2020 12:10 AM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The newest operator of three coal mines has fallen behind on federal and county mineral taxes, federal officials said. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company owes the federal government more than $10 million in unpaid taxes accrued from mining coal in three Powder River Basin mines in...

FILE - This April, 2006, file photo shows the Four Corners Power Plant in Waterflow, N.M., near the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico. The closure of the coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades.
Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Coal industry on Navajo Nation could end with plant closure

Jan. 23, 2020 7:48 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades. The Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico,...

Beshear administration hands over records sought by media

Jan. 23, 2020 6:13 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear's administration says it has handed over documents in multiple open records lawsuits that his predecessor, Gov. Matt Bevin, had sought to keep secret. The administration agreed to settle the suits by handing over documents in four cases and paying about $90,000 the...

Butte-Silver Bow sells old NorthWestern Energy building

Jan. 23, 2020 2:39 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Butte-Silver Bow County has agreed to sell the former NorthWestern Energy building in Butte to a media production company for $1. Commissioners had authorized the transfer of the five-building complex to Bitterroot Gateway Development in September with an option to buy. Bitterroot...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany. Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. The decision by BlackRock Inc. should create more investment...

Evacuations lifted after chemical leak at California plant

Jan. 22, 2020 11:30 PM EST

TAFT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities urged evacuations within 6 miles of a manufacturing plant Wednesday after a chemical release in a rural area of California's San Joaquin Valley. Emergency crews responded around 10 a.m. following reports of a hazardous materials spill at Taft Manufacturing Co., the Kern...