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Ex-EPA chief Pruitt registers as energy lobbyist in Indiana

Apr. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants. A lobbying disclosure report for...

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Apr. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...

Missouri House backs landowners fighting wind energy line

Apr. 18, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that could effectively block one of the nation's largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest. The House vote targets a $2.3 billion project...

New Mexico panel surprises Facebook with $39M utility bill

Apr. 18, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting. The Public Regulation Commission's on...

NJ regulators approve $300M in nuclear plant subsidies

Apr. 18, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey regulators voted Thursday to approve $300 million in customer-funded subsidies for the state's nuclear industry despite finding the plants are financially viable. The decision means that all residential utility customers in the state will see their bills go up by about $40 a...

California dispute threatens plan to protect Colorado River

Apr. 17, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A dispute between two major California water agencies is threatening to derail a hard-won agreement designed to protect a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of Colorado River water, on Tuesday sued a...

Correction: Election 2020-Iowa story

Apr. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — In a story April 16 about Democratic presidential candidates addressing flooding damage in Iowa, The Associated Press erroneously reported the location of Sen. Bernie Sanders' rally. The rally was held in Malcom, Iowa, not in Poweshiek. A corrected version of the story is below: Iowa...

Sleek new SUVs dominate reveals at New York auto show

Apr. 17, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

Auto shows may be waning in importance as companies find other ways to introduce new products, but the New York International Auto Show still has a healthy list of new vehicle debuts. In keeping with the dramatic shift from cars to sport utilities, most of the new models are SUVs. Here are some of the new...

Trump signs Colorado River drought plan

Apr. 16, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a plan to cut back on the use of water from the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. The Colorado River drought contingency plan aims to keep two key reservoirs, Lakes Powell and Mead, from falling so low they cannot...

Germany flips switch on Baltic Sea's biggest wind park

Apr. 16, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has officially switched on the biggest offshore wind park in the Baltic Sea, which will supply some 400,000 households with electricity. The Arkona facility about 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Germany's Baltic island of Ruegen went online Tuesday. It is operated by German...