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Toxic algae in a Florida marina defies nanobubble technology

Oct. 24, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

PAHOKEE, Fla. (AP) — Pahokee Marina’s stubborn blue-green algae infection flared again early this month, defying four nanobubble-blowing machines targeting the recurrent toxins with high-octane oxygen. But Florida Gulf Coast University researcher Barry Rosen said an...

Groundbreaking held for large solar project in south Georgia

Oct. 23, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Plans for a massive new solar installation in south Georgia are moving ahead. Construction will soon get underway on the first phase of the DeSoto Solar Farm project in Lee County, north of Albany, the governor's office said Wednesday. ...

Amid air quality concerns, districts embrace electric buses

Oct. 22, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For several years, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools had toyed with replacing some of its 1,000 diesel buses with cleaner electric vehicles. But school leaders said the change would be too costly. Then 12-year-old student Holly Thorpe showed up at a...

Polish miners protest top EU court's order to shut mine

Oct. 22, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 2,000 Polish coal miners on Friday staged a noisy protest in Luxembourg against a decision by the European Union's top court to shut down a major brown coal mine in Poland and to fine the country for flouting the ruling. Clad in yellow vests...

Utility working to restore natural gas to customers in Keene

Oct. 22, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Liberty Utilities was working to restore natural gas service to more than 1,000 customers in Keene after a problem with the local production plant caused a drop in pressure. Liberty said in a news release that gas was shut off on Wednesday “to...

5 Kentucky counties get water, sewer improvement grants

Oct. 22, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Five Kentucky counties are receiving a total of $2 million in grants for water and sewer improvement projects. The 18 projects are in Bracken, Lewis, Fleming Robertson and Mason Counties. Most of the work will be replacing, repainting and repairing...

Japan OKs plan to push clean energy, nuclear to cut carbon

Oct. 22, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan adopted a new energy policy on Friday that promotes nuclear and renewables as sources of clean energy to achieve the country’s pledge of reaching carbon neutrality in 2050. The new basic energy plan, adopted by the Cabinet just in time for the...

US to give nuclear waste plant in Idaho another try

Oct. 21, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Problems plaguing a nuclear waste treatment plant in eastern Idaho appear to be solved, U.S. officials said Thursday, and converting high-level liquid waste into safer, more easily managed solid material could start early next year. Joel Case of the...

Texts detail how Ohio regulator gave FirstEnergy inside help

Oct. 21, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Newly surfaced texts between FirstEnergy Corp. executives detail a series of favors delivered to the company by Ohio's top utility regulator, a man under scrutiny in an ongoing federal corruption probe. Akron-based FirstEnergy had a friend on the...

Man pleads guilty to shutting down rural Kansas water system

Oct. 21, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A man has admitted that he shut down a rural central Kansas water system but said he was too intoxicated to remember what happened, prosecutors said. Wyatt Travnichek, 22, of Ellsworth County, pleaded guilty Wednesday to tampering with a public...