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SRP seeks solar energy from bidders including Navajo Nation

Jan. 20, 2020 3:50 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — One of Arizona's largest utilities is seeking companies to build solar plants to provide up to 400 megawatts of power, including 200 megawatts from Navajo Nation facilities, officials said. Salt River Project issued a request for proposals Jan. 15, The Farmington Daily Times...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency about the project's risks to clean water. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Hearing puts agency under scrutiny over PolyMet mine permit

Jan. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency...

Historic nuke plant in Virginia to be fully dismantled

Jan. 19, 2020 12:38 PM EST

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — Plans are underway to completely dismantle the first nuclear power facility that provided electricity to the U.S. power grid. In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed fully removing the SM-1 Reactor Facility at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia, WTOP reported ...

Illinois approves coal company's mine water pumping proposal

Jan. 19, 2020 9:24 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources approved the first of three permits for a coal company's plan to discharge waste water from a mine into the Big Muddy River. If approved by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Williamson Energy LLC's Pond Creek Mine pipeline...

Amazon to launch new Georgia warehouse, create 500 Jobs

Jan. 18, 2020 6:46 PM EST

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Amazon is opening another massive warehouse in metro Atlanta that will create 500 new jobs. The e-commerce giant said Saturday that the 1-million-square-foot facility will be built at the Cubes of Bridgeport site in Newnan. The facility’s employees will pack and ship customer...

Twin Cities plant set to restart following pollution probe

Jan. 18, 2020 12:53 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities manufacturing plant that was shut down for months over pollution problems will be allowed to resume operations in phases, state officials said Friday. The state had ordered Water Gremlin, a company that uses lead to make car battery terminals and fishing weights, to...

Toyota shifting pickup production to Mexico, no US jobs lost

Jan. 17, 2020 4:21 PM EST

PRINCETON, Indiana (AP) — Toyota will stop making its Tacoma small pickup in San Antonio next year as it shifts production to Mexico, but the company says no U.S. jobs will be lost. To make up for the lost work, the San Antonio plant will build the Sequoia large SUV, and its 3,200 jobs will be preserved....

Mine waste, air pollution on Idaho agency's expense concerns

Jan. 17, 2020 3:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste. John Tippets told the Legislature's powerful budget-setting committee that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine...

Volkswagen creating first innovation hub in North America

Jan. 17, 2020 1:02 PM EST

Volkswagen is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the company's first innovation hub for developing new technology in North America, officials said Friday in a statement. Initial work at the hub in Knoxville will include research opportunities for UT...

Toyota finishes $1.3 billion update of Indiana factory

Jan. 17, 2020 12:56 PM EST

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — Toyota has completed a $1.3 billion project modernizing an Indiana factory to boost vehicle production and adding 550 jobs, the company announced Friday. The project at the Princeton assembly plant in southwestern Indiana included retooling, new equipment installation and adding...