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US panel hears arguments in nuclear waste storage case

Jan. 23, 2019 6:19 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups raised dozens of objections Wednesday to an application filed by a New Jersey-based company seeking to build a multibillion-dollar facility in southeastern New Mexico to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors...

Environmental groups appeal PolyMet mine permits

Jan. 22, 2019 4:14 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Environmental groups are appealing air and water permits approved for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The groups argue the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ignored evidence that PolyMet intends to process more ore daily than called for in its air...

Democrats hit Trump EPA nominee on coal lobbying, rollbacks

Jan. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis" and drew fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months as the agency's...

Oklahoma utility seeks rate increase after equipment upgrade

Jan. 7, 2019 3:19 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An environmental organization is criticizing an Oklahoma utility's request to increase rates after spending more than $600 million on equipment designed to reduce emissions. The Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company is updating coal-fired units at the Sooner Power Plant and the Muskogee...

Australian company wants to expand South Carolina gold mine

Dec. 24, 2018 1:11 PM EST

KERSHAW, S.C. (AP) — An Australian mining company wants to expand its mine in South Carolina because they have found more gold. OceanaGold said the new discovery "has significant value" but doesn't give specifics in requests to expand the Lancaster County mine in state and federal documents. Before opening...

Lawsuit seeks to block expansion of dam southwest of Boulder

Dec. 19, 2018 3:04 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Six environmental groups have asked a federal judge to block the expansion of a reservoir in the foothills southwest of Boulder. The Boulder Daily Camera reports a lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated environmental laws when it granted a permit last...

Coalition of states to work to curb transportation emissions

Dec. 18, 2018 6:20 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A coalition of nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia have announced an agreement to work to impose regional limits on carbon emissions from transportation sources. The goal of the landmark agreement, announced Tuesday, is to create "a regional low-carbon...

Lawmakers could face debate over earthquake damage

Dec. 18, 2018 3:10 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are likely to face renewed debate in the next legislative session about how or whether to hold oil and gas companies accountable for property damage caused by earthquakes in Kansas. Earthquakes have increased in Kansas since 2013 when fracking, or hydraulic fracturing,...

Correction: Los Angeles Housing Development story

Dec. 13, 2018 6:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about a large housing development approved in the mountains north of Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported erroneously that several environmental groups supported the deal. Audubon California, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and others signed an...

Arkansas AG wants regulators to review plant settlement

Dec. 13, 2018 5:37 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is asking state regulators to review an agreement between the state's largest electric utility and environmental groups to eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the state...