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$40M Tennessee incentive for battery cathode plant approved

Nov. 28, 2022 17:06 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel on Monday approved a $40 million state economic incentive for a company that plans to invest $3.2 billion to develop a cathode materials plant for electric vehicle batteries. The State Funding Board cast the vote to sign off on the...

US nuclear waste repository begins filling new disposal area

Nov. 26, 2022 12:28 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository have started using a newly mined disposal area at the underground facility in southern New Mexico. Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant made the announcement this week, saying the...

Fire plan would cut 2.4 million New Jersey Pinelands trees

Nov. 25, 2022 13:08 PM EST

BASS RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Up to 2.4 million trees would be cut down as part of a project to prevent major wildfires in a federally protected New Jersey forest heralded as a unique environmental treasure. New Jersey environmental officials say the plan to kill trees in a...

Sazerac to build new barrel warehouses, expand cooperage

Nov. 25, 2022 05:14 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Sazerac Co. will invest $600 million to build nearly 20 barrel warehouses creating up to 50 jobs and expand a cooperage in London, officials said. Louisville-based Sazerac will purchase the Rowland Acres Industrial Park from the London-Laurel County Economic...

Titanium plant furnace blast causes roof damage, no injuries

Nov. 24, 2022 17:47 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A furnace explosion damaged the roof of a titanium plant in southeastern Pennsylvania on Thanksgiving Day, but no one was injured, authorities said. Officer Kyle Tranovich of the Caernarvon Township police department said a skeleton crew of only six people...

Mine company's blasting of rock shelters likened to Taliban

Nov. 24, 2022 03:01 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian minister likened a mining company blasting ancient rock shelters to the Taliban’s destruction of giant Buddha carvings and vowed Thursday to improve protections of Indigenous cultural heritage. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said Rio...

Mexico launches online platform for dual-use precursors

Nov. 23, 2022 19:59 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government presented an online platform Wednesday that it claims will allow authorities to track the importation and consumption so-called “dual-use” precursor chemicals that are often used to make synthetic drugs like meth and fentanyl. Mexico...

Small businesses, and shoppers, return to holiday markets

Nov. 23, 2022 06:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent evening in early November, shoppers at the Bryant Park holiday market in New York City were in the holiday spirit well before Black Friday. The scent of pine wafted from candle sellers’ booths, people snapped up gingerbread cookies and hot apple cider and ice skaters...

A rail strike looms and impact on US economy could be broad

Nov. 22, 2022 16:31 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — American consumers and nearly every industry will be affected if freight trains grind to a halt next month. One of the biggest rail unions rejected its deal Monday, joining three others that have failed to approve contracts over concerns about demanding schedules...

Iran says it enriches uranium to 60% purity at Fordo site

Nov. 22, 2022 15:57 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has begun producing enriched uranium at 60% purity at the country's underground Fordo nuclear plant, official media reported Tuesday, describing it as a response to a resolution by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog. The increased enrichment, reported by...