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Power corridor referendum is unconstitutional, court says

Aug. 13, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A referendum aimed at overturning approval of a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor is unconstitutional, and should not appear on the November ballot, the state supreme court ruled Thursday. The Supreme Judicial Court found that the referendum "fails to meet the...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the sun shines through clouds above a shale gas drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

EPA expected to undo methane leak rule for oil, gas industry

Aug. 13, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier...

Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds

Aug. 12, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni's ruling Tuesday...

Water flows from a showerhead on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow. But consumer and conservation groups said the Department of Energy’s proposed loosening of a 28-year-old energy law is silly, unnecessary and wasteful, especially as the West bakes through a historic two-decade-long megadrought. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules

Aug. 12, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough. Publicly talking about the need to keep his hair “perfect,” President Donald Trump has made...

A Hindu pilgrim takes a holy dip on Makar Sankranti festival on Sagar Island, an island in the Ganges delta, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. For more than 1,700 miles, stretching from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges flows across the plains like a timeline of India's past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

Aug. 11, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

ALONG THE GANGES, India (AP) — More than 2,000 years ago, a powerful king built a fort on the banks of India’s holiest river, on the fringes of what is now a vast industrial city. Today, little of the ancient construction remains, except for mounds of rubble that tannery workers pick through for...

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2018 file photo shows the Transient Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, in eastern Idaho. A Utah tax watchdog group and a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are calling on cities to pull out of the planned nuclear power plant project to get out before it becomes too expensive. The Deseret News reports the Carbon Free Power Project is promoted as the next generation design for nuclear power, but critics worry small modular reactor power is not cost effective. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Critics urge Utah cities to leave nuclear power project

Aug. 11, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Taxpayers Association and a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are urging cities that have signed on to a planned nuclear power plant in Idaho to get out while they can before costs become too great. NuScale’s Small Modular Reactor is planned for...

Indiana utility begins delayed construction of solar farm

Aug. 10, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana utility company has begun construction on what will become its largest solar facility. Indiana & Michigan Power had said work would begin this past spring with operations starting in the fall following the state's approval of the project in March. But the company...

More than $1.2M in grants to go to river watershed projects

Aug. 8, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than $1.2 million in grants is going to 11 projects to improve water quality, habitat, biodiversity and flood resilience across the Upper Connecticut River watershed. The grants were announced from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The money comes from a fund the...

Federal utility moving forward on Tennessee coal ash removal

Aug. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility is moving forward with plans to remove coal ash at a Tennessee power plant and move it to a lined, permitted landfill onsite. The Tennessee Valley Authority says the plan at the Gallatin Fossil Plant is pending state approval. TVA’s preferred option is...

University of Maine receives $100M for floating wind turbine

Aug. 6, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two renewable energy companies are investing $100 million to build an offshore, floating wind turbine with the University of Maine, which has been researching and developing technology for such a project for 12 years. New England Aqua Ventus, a joint venture of Diamond Offshore Wind...