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Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story

Feb. 16, 2019 10:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin's company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15 billion....

Trump-dominated board to close coal plant, despite his plea

Feb. 14, 2019 6:07 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to retire the...

Trump's coal pledge could be tested by TVA vote this week

Feb. 13, 2019 4:25 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's support for the coal industry — and for a particular power plant — will face a test this week when a utility board he appoints considers whether to close a coal-fired Kentucky plant whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign...

Study: No leaking radiation from Alaska island nuclear site

Feb. 12, 2019 10:17 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest round of testing on Alaska's remote Amchitka Island found no radioactive material has leaked from locations where the federal government conducted underground nuclear tests there decades ago, a federal official said Tuesday. Environmental samples tested in 2016 show no...

McConnell wields Green New Deal as bludgeon against Dems

Feb. 12, 2019 9:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind....

Judge: US must reconsider climate impacts of Montana mine

Feb. 12, 2019 7:51 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have again been faulted by a federal judge for failing to adequately consider the potential climate change effects of expanding a massive coal mine in the sagebrush-covered hills of southeastern Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan recommended in a Monday...

Minnesota governor sides with environmentalists on pipeline

Feb. 12, 2019 3:03 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that his administration will keep pursuing an appeal of an independent regulatory commission's approval of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, siding with environmental and tribal groups...

Spanish islands adopt ambitious law to fight climate change

Feb. 12, 2019 10:48 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Balearic Islands have approved a local law that by 2050 aims to ban the use of fossil fuels and adopt renewable energy for all of the region's power needs, in what authorities claim is a pioneering step in Europe. The Climate Change and Energy Transition Law passed Tuesday on the...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Feb. 11, 2019 10:12 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling...

Bloomberg's climate pragmatism could turn off 2020 Democrats

Feb. 11, 2019 8:28 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — This should be Michael Bloomberg's moment. No presidential prospect has done more to confront climate change than the billionaire Democrat, who measures his progress in the metric tons of carbon emissions he's helped eliminate. But as climate change surges to forefront of the 2020...