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Owner of closed power plant to remove toxic waste near river

Jun. 23, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The owner of an abandoned power plant has agreed to clean up toxic waste dumped into the flood plain of the Vermilion River, boosting efforts to protest Illinois’ lone national scenic river. Under a deal brokered by the Illinois attorney...

Company defends use of toxic chemicals to fight plant fire

Jun. 23, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

A company whose northern Illinois chemical plant was heavily damaged in a fire last week defended its use of firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals Wednesday, saying crews had taken steps to contain the material. An industrial team hired by Lubrizol Inc., parent...

Consumers Energy plans to complete coal phaseout by 2025

Jun. 23, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy said Wednesday it would stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2025, relying instead on natural gas and renewable energy sources in a push to continue reducing its planet-warming carbon emissions. The Jackson-based...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jun. 23, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. June 22, 2021. Editorial: Better answers needed on cancer risk There are many industrial sites in the rustbelt — especially in Appalachia — where the dark joke goes “You get cancer just driving by that place.” ...

Aging Japanese nuclear reactor restarted after a decade

Jun. 23, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A more than 40-year-old nuclear reactor in central Japan which suffered a deadly accident has resumed operation after being taken offline for a decade after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, as Japan pushes to meet its carbon emissions reduction goal. ...

Iran: 'Sabotage attack' on civilian nuclear center thwarted

Jun. 23, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have thwarted what they called a “sabotage attack” targeting a civilian nuclear facility near the country's capital, state TV reported Wednesday, as details about the incident remained scarce. The attempted attack against a...

Human error blamed for outage, fire at top Polish power unit

Jun. 23, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish energy officials say human error was to blame for a massive outage at Europe’s largest brown coal power plant of Belchatow last month and a separate fire there just days later, according to the state PAP news agency. Poland needed snap...

States grapple with closing youth detention centers

Jun. 23, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As states from California to Maine consider drastic changes to youth detention centers, New Hampshire is grappling with its own facility that has been rocked by abuse allegations from years past. The state’s Legislature will vote Thursday on a...

Battery material company to add 290 jobs in Tennessee

Jun. 23, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A company that develops materials for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and other uses is planning another $160 million investment expected to create 290 more jobs in Tennessee. The state Department of Economic and Community Development...

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill designed to save paper mills

Jun. 22, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill designed to save two shuttered paper mills. The bill would make available a $50 million loan to a cooperative that wants to buy the shuttered Verso paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids and make a $15...