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Correction: Duke Energy-Coal Power Retirement story

Jul. 22, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a story July 21 about Duke Energy's plans to retire its coal-fired power plants, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company planned to retire all of its coal-fired units by 2038. The company said it has a coal-fired plant in Edwardsport that currently is scheduled to...

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

Jul. 19, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was sued by...

Court deals major blow to hydropower transmission line

Jul. 19, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

The New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt a possibly fatal blow Friday to plans for a hydropower transmission line that has raised concerns among communities and environmentalists that it would harm tourism and property values. In its unanimous ruling, the court upheld a state committee's rejection of the Northern...

Twin Metals plans dry storage for waste at mine near Ely

Jul. 18, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The developers of a proposed copper-nickel mine on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness said Thursday they plan to use a potentially safer dry method of storing mine waste instead of the kind of wet tailings pond more common in the industry. Twin Metals Minnesota...

EPA rejects challenge of pesticide linked to brain damage

Jul. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a key legal challenge Thursday to a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, saying environmental groups had failed to prove that a ban was warranted. The agency's defense of continued use of the widely used bug-killer chlorpyrifos could...

Judge limits Hammond Ranches cattle grazing as case proceeds

Jul. 17, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge will allow eastern Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land to graze cattle on parts of a federal allotment this season on a limited basis. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon issued a 58-page written ruling Tuesday, granting a...

New Mexico regulators weigh nuclear power investments

Jul. 17, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to New Mexico regulators how to address concerns surrounding decisions by the state's largest electric utility to reinvest in a nuclear power plant in neighboring Arizona. The Public Regulation Commission heard oral arguments Wednesday from Public Service Co. of New...

Feds: Moving land agency will save money, improve decisions

Jul. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it can save taxpayers millions of dollars, make better decisions and trim a "top heavy" office in Washington by moving the headquarters of the nation's biggest land agency to Colorado and dispersing scores of jobs across 11 states in the U.S. West....

Lawsuit challenges oil, gas lease sales in eastern Arizona

Jul. 16, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — Three environmental groups have sued the federal government over oil and gas lease sales in eastern Arizona. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the leases last September. They cover more than 6 square miles (17 square kilometers) in Navajo and Apache counties. Two are near...

Activists block UK roads in new climate-change protests

Jul. 15, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Environmental protesters have blocked roads in London and four other British cities in a new wave of demonstrations demanding faster action against climate change. Hundreds of supporters of the group Extinction Rebellion, along with a blue boat bearing the words "Act Now," blocked the street...