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Energy Secretary Perry says he is resigning by year's end

Oct. 17, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will leave his job by the end of the year, saying that under President Donald Trump the nation is nearing energy independence. Perry's long-rumored departure comes as he is under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama and Lummi...

Has tech made moving nukes safe enough? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured...

Has tech made it safer to move nukes? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at commercial...

California power outages highlight economic disparity

Oct. 13, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

When the nation's largest utility warned customers that it would cut power to nearly 2 million people across Northern California, many rushed out to buy portable generators, knowing the investment could help sustain them during blackouts. Others had the security of knowing they could rely on solar panels and...

California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries

Oct. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising new concerns about another longstanding environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities halted service to more than 2 million people this week, lines formed at hardware stores selling portable generators, while many hospitals...

California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

Oct. 12, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after the...

California businesses face reality of electrical outages

Oct. 10, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Retailers and other businesses, from hardware chains to coffee shops, are dealing with a new economic reality of electrical outages in Northern California. Many struggled to keep their businesses open on the second day after the nation's biggest utility Pacific Gas & Electric cut...

The Latest: PG&E cuts power in San Francisco Bay Area

Oct. 10, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric has begun shutting off power to the San Francisco Bay area, adding more than 200,000 customers to a sweeping blackout that already has left a million people in the dark. The utility said...

Lights out: Power cut in California to prevent deadly fires

Oct. 10, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — More than a million people in California were without electricity Wednesday as the state's largest utility pulled the plug to prevent a repeat of the past two years when windblown power lines sparked deadly wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes. The unpopular move that disrupted...