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Buttigieg discloses ex-clients as fundraising swing begins

Dec. 10, 2019 10:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense pressure to answer questions about his work in the private sector, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday disclosed a roster of former consulting clients that include a major health insurance provider, a nationwide electronics retailer, the U.S....

Federal national laboratory in Idaho gets supercomputer

Dec. 6, 2019 1:37 PM EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho National Laboratory's third supercomputer arrived in their facility this week to enable researchers to faster simulate new fuels and reactor designs, officials said. The $19.2 million supercomputer includes about 100,000 processors and is named Sawtooth after the Idaho...

Ohio governor meets with proposed 'cracker' plant developer

Dec. 5, 2019 3:23 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's Republican governor and lieutenant governor met Wednesday with officials from one of the companies proposing to build a multi-billion dollar ethane “cracker”plant in southeast Ohio. A spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine said no “substantive update" would be provided...

Department of Energy, university to research carbon capture

Dec. 4, 2019 5:04 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal energy agency has announced plans to partner with the University of Wyoming for further research on how to trap carbon dioxide before it leaks into the atmosphere. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Energy and university researchers plan to...

National rare-earth element research planned in Wyoming

Nov. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal energy officials have announced plans to conduct research on the extraction of rare earth elements in western U.S. regions. The Gillette News Record reported Thursday that the University of Wyoming School of Energy Research hopes to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy...

US asks federal judge to toss out Nevada plutonium lawsuit

Nov. 18, 2019 4:02 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government wants a judge to reject Nevada’s request for a court order to remove weapons-grade plutonium from a site north of Las Vegas, arguing that officials have already promised that no more will be shipped to the state. In documents filed Friday in U.S. District...

Arizona woman among 9 honored for leadership in clean energy

Nov. 14, 2019 12:17 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is recognizing nine women for their achievements and leadership in clean energy and one of them is from Arizona. Dr. Suzanne Singer is a member of the Navajo (Diné) tribe and chief engineer for Native Renewables in Flagstaff. She co-founded the nonprofit...

New Mexico: More wells needed to gauge uranium plumes

Nov. 11, 2019 12:15 PM EST

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — More wells are needed to measure uranium plumes in a major aquifer in western New Mexico, state environmental officials said The state Environment Department is asking federal authorities to collaborate to ensure accurate measurement of a plume of uranium contamination leaving the...

Idaho, Energy Department sign deal on spent nuclear fuel

Nov. 7, 2019 12:39 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho granted a conditional waiver Thursday to the U.S. Department of Energy that could allow research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into the state after years of blocking such shipments. The agreement announced by Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, both...

Future of Arizona nuclear plant may see hydrogen production

Nov. 2, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Managers of a three-reactor nuclear plant that went online in the 1980s are exploring whether production of hydrogen gas will be part of its future. An idea being explored for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is to use seasonally surplus electricity from the plant located in the...