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APNewsBreak: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Sep. 21, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it's possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the Cape Fear River. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Friday that floodwaters continue to overtop an earthen dike...

The Latest: NFL's Panthers donating to help Florence victims

Sep. 20, 2018 9:04 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 9 p.m. The new owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers has announced an initial package to aid Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts in North and South Carolina. Owner David Tepper and Panthers Charities announced the donations in a news...

Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

Sep. 20, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike there and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. The dam containing Sutton Lake...

Regulators: NC flooding too bad to tally environmental harm

Sep. 19, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane Florence made...

3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

Sep. 18, 2018 11:25 PM EDT

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals...

European nations plan to use more hydrogen for energy needs

Sep. 18, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of European countries are backing a plan to increase the use of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels to cut the continent's carbon emissions. Energy officials from 25 countries pledged Tuesday to increase research into hydrogen technology and accelerate its everyday use to power...

Fighting resumes in Libyan capital, causes mass power outage

Sep. 18, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities say fighting between rival militias in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, breaking a cease-fire that began earlier this month. Generators that were damaged in the clashes have caused mass power outages across the country. The electricity authority says power was out...

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

Sep. 17, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Flooded rivers from Florence's drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed,...

The Latest: North Carolina governor visits hard-hit New Bern

Sep. 17, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence (all times local): 8 p.m. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the city of New Bern is a strong and resilient community and will make it through the devastating flooding that damaged riverfront buildings and mangled homes and sailboats....

Long held as oldest in US, New Jersey nuclear plant closes

Sep. 17, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A nuclear power plant long considered to be the oldest in America shut down Monday, the victim of its age and inability to compete with newer, cheaper gas-fired power plants. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey went offline at noon Monday, powering down...