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Ethics panel wants to look at anti-corridor group's donors

May. 23, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group that opposes a hydropower transmission corridor in western Maine must disclose financial information so the ethics commission can continue investigating whether campaign finance laws were broken. The ethics commission unanimously ordered the disclosures Friday following a...

Regulations could stop Lake Erie wind farm from being built

May. 22, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Developers of a proposed six-turbine wind farm in Lake Erie said new restrictions placed on the project could sink it. The Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday gave the approval needed to begin construction on what would be the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America. But the...

This photo shows a view of a dam on Wixom Lake in Edenville, Mich., Tuesday, May 19, 2020. People living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river have been evacuated following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area. (Kaytie Boomer/The Bay City Times via AP)

Michigan dam had repeated safety violations before flooding

May. 20, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A hydroelectric dam that failed to hold back floodwaters this week in Michigan was the target of lengthy investigations by federal regulators, who revoked the facility's license over safety violations two years before the flooding that forced 10,000 people to evacuate their...

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Democrats decry 'pandemic of pollution' under Trump's EPA

May. 20, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration's moves to roll back environmental regulations during the coronavirus crisis, with one senator saying a "pandemic of pollution'' has been released. The Environmental Protection Agency has weakened regulations dealing with fuel...

University of California completes fossil fuel divestment

May. 20, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California announced Tuesday that it has divested from all fossil fuels, removing them from its $126-billion investment portfolio. With 285,000 students, UC becomes the largest educational system in the nation to shed such assets in favor of renewable energy such as...

Utility's coal ash removal sparks concern from activists

May. 18, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A major utility’s plan to close five Indiana coal ash ponds at a power plant along Lake Michigan and move coal ash to a landfill has sparked concerns from environmental activists about how the dust kicked up by that project will be controlled. Northern Indiana Public...

FILE - In this April 5, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks at the National Palace in Mexico City. Over the May 17, 2020 weekend, the administration of President Lopez Obrador has cited the coronavirus pandemic as a justification for new rules that will reduce the role of renewable energies like solar and wind power, granting a reprieve to the government’s own ageing, fossil-fuel power plants.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Mexico cites virus in slapping down renewable energy

May. 17, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has cited the coronavirus pandemic as a justification for new rules that will reduce the role of renewable energies like solar and wind power, granting a reprieve to the government's own ageing, fossil-fuel power plants. The decree over the weekend has sparked...

5 Rhode Island farms share $100,000 in clean energy grants

May. 17, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several Rhode Island farms have received grants to help make their operations more environmentally friendly. The $100,000 in “green" grants from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management in partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and the...

Groups sue over Western Colorado coal mine’s air emissions

May. 15, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Conservation groups have filed a federal lawsuit against St. Louis-based Arch Coal over methane and other toxic air emissions at the company's West Elk Mine in Colorado's North Fork Valley. WildEarth Guardians, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and High...

DTE reaches deal to cut air pollution in southeast Michigan

May. 14, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy will reduce air pollution from five coal-fired power plants in southeast Michigan under a proposed settlement of a 10-year-old lawsuit filed by the federal government, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the agreement also requires the company to...