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Federal utility moving forward on Tennessee coal ash removal

Aug. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility is moving forward with plans to remove coal ash at a Tennessee power plant and move it to a lined, permitted landfill onsite. The Tennessee Valley Authority says the plan at the Gallatin Fossil Plant is pending state approval. TVA’s preferred option is...

This illustration provided by the American Museum of Natural History in July 2020 depicts a Kongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ancestry of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, shown to scale with human hands. Kongonaphon lived roughly 237 million years ago. (Frank Ippolito/American Museum of Natural History)

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

Jul. 6, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone. The creature, which predated dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs, was just shy of 4 inches (10 centimeters) tall, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

FILE - In this April 16, 2016, file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock accepts a fossilized rib and tail vertebrae from a triceratops from Luke Phipps, 12, at the State Capitol in Helena, Mont., after the governor signed a bill to clarify that fossils are part of a property's surface rights, not its mineral rights, unless a contract separating the ownership says otherwise. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 17, 2020, upheld a federal judge's ruling that said dinosaur fossils are part of a property's surface estate in an ongoing battle over ownership of millions of dollars of fossils unearthed on an eastern Montana ranch. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Court: Montana family owns dinosaur fossils worth millions

Jun. 23, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Dinosaur fossils worth millions of dollars unearthed on a Montana ranch belong to the owners of the land’s surface rights, not the owners of the mineral rights, a U.S. appeals court ruled. The June 17 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 decision by U.S....

Coal ash landfill plans put on hold at Tennessee plant

Jun. 19, 2020 4:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal utility is putting plans on hold to build a dry coal ash landfill at a Tennessee power plant. The Tennessee Valley Authority said it is withdrawing applications for permits for the proposed landfill at Bull Run Fossil Plant in Anderson County. TVA began the state...