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Goodbye, Three Mile Island: Remaining reactor shuts down

Sep. 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The money-losing Three Mile Island, the 1979 site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, was shut down Friday by its energy giant owner. The end of the 45-year electricity-producing career of Three Mile Island Unit 1 came after Chicago-based Exelon Corp. tried...

GM strike halting production at Ohio truck, engine plants

Sep. 20, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A pair of auto plants in Ohio plan on stopping production beginning next week because of the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors. GM said Friday that DMAX near Dayton will halt making diesel engines for GM's heavy-duty pickup trucks, putting about 500 workers on temporary...

Auto union strike is latest worry in Flint, GM's birthplace

Sep. 20, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The birthplace of General Motors has been on an economic roller-coaster ride for more than a century as the automaker rose, crashed and retooled for changing markets. Now, the city of Flint is again steeling for economic impact amid a nationwide United Auto Workers' strike against the...

Another company seeks to buy idle Wyoming coal mines

Sep. 20, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Another company says it wants to buy two idle Wyoming coal mines. Littleton, Colorado-based Aspen Coal and Energy has made an offer to buy the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines from Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel. The mines have been idle since Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy July...

3M halting some work in Alabama for environmental reasons

Sep. 20, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A company that's facing lawsuits and public scrutiny over pollution from a north Alabama plant says it's suspending some manufacturing work because of environmental reasons. A statement issued by 3M Co. says it is temporarily halting some operations at its factory in Decatur, but no...

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant's shutdown is imminent

Sep. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The final shutdown of Three Mile Island, where 1979's terrifying partial meltdown became a landmark event in the life cycle of nuclear power in the United States, is imminent. Exelon Corp. officials said the plant will stop producing electricity around noon Friday, following through...

University of Arizona to build integrative medicine center

Sep. 19, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona in Tucson has announced plans to build a $20 million facility for its integrative medicine center. The Arizona Daily Star reported the new Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine building looks to provide a physical environment that supports the...

Court suspends key permits for planned Minnesota copper mine

Sep. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has handed environmental groups a victory by suspending two key permits for a planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine ahead of a hearing next month. The appeals court put PolyMet's dam safety permit and its permit to mine on hold, ruling Wednesday that the...

New company enters possible deal for idle Wyoming coal mines

Sep. 19, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Another buyer has entered a potential bankruptcy deal that could allow two idle Wyoming mines to reopen but would in effect pay the coal company to do so. Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy said Wednesday it reached a tentative deal to pay Jasper, Alabama-based FM Coal $90...

Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima disaster

Sep. 19, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant because ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement at that time....