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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million for igniting a series of Northern California 2018 deadly wildfires rather than risk that the harsher punishment will scuttle the utility's plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection, the state's Public Utilities Commission said in a document made public Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Regulators mull reversing $462M increase in PG&E fire fines

Mar. 31, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million over a series of deadly Northern California wildfires rather than risk that the harsher punishment might scuttle the utility's plan to get out of...

FILE - In this Jan. 2019 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Pierre, S.D. Noem signed a bill that revives the state's criminal and civil penalties for rioting and inciting a riot, the Republican governor's office said Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Noem had told lawmakers months before the session began that she would revive the so-called “riot-boosting” penalties. (AP Photo/James Nord, File)

South Dakota governor signs 'riot-boosting' penalties

Mar. 24, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill that revives the state's criminal and civil penalties for rioting and inciting a riot, the Republican governor's office said Tuesday. Noem had told lawmakers months before the session began that she would revive the so-called...

Oil industry cites virus in seeking broad pollution waivers

Mar. 24, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it’s reviewing a request from the oil and gas industry to ease enforcement of hazardous air and water pollution and other regulatory issues during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is drawing objections from public health...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, demonstrators against a proposed liquid-natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon sit in in the governor's office in the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., to demand Democratic Gov. Kate Brown stand against the proposal. The Jordan Cove pipeline is undergoing a permitting process and would end at a proposed marine export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore. Members of a federal regulatory agency on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, delayed a vote on the project, with one member saying greenhouse gas emissions and endangered species should be considered. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

US panel approves pipeline, natural gas terminal in Oregon

Mar. 19, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. regulatory agency on Thursday approved a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal project in Oregon, but the state's Democratic governor threatened to go to court to stop the project if it doesn't obtain every permit required from state and local agencies. The...

President Donald Trump speaks during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, right, and Vice President Mike Pence listen. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Pressure grows on Trump as hospitals sound virus alarms

Mar. 19, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insisting the federal government is not a "shipping clerk,” President Donald Trump on Thursday called on states to do more to secure their own critically needed masks, ventilators and testing supplies as the pressure mounted on hospitals struggling to cope with a rising number of...

The American flag flies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Wide swath of economy seeks share of COVID-19 rescue package

Mar. 17, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress works on a rescue package to help shore up a U.S. economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a wide swath of business, from the solar power industry to casinos and hotels, along with doctors, nurses and educators are urging lawmakers to give them a share of the pie. The...

A man wearing a mask talks to a solider checking vehicles entering  Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 16, 2020. President Nicolás Maduro ordered Sunday residents in the capital of Caracas and six states to stay home under a quarantine in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks from the virus, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Economic fallout from virus felt in gas lines in Venezuela

Mar. 16, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolás Maduro’s government on Monday banned gasoline sales in two states as part of a broader lock-down to stem panic buying by Venezuelans accustomed to hoarding basic goods whenever there’s a hint of turmoil. But his orders, which explicitly prohibit...

Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps

Mar. 16, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of a nuclear power plant in southern Japan was forced to shut down one of its reactors Monday because of a failure to meet the deadline for adding anti-terror safety facility made mandatory after the Fukushima disaster. Kyushu Electric Power Co. shut down the No. 1 reactor at its...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, Dick Saslaw, Virginia Senate Majority Leader, stands near a podium after it was announced that he had won re-election at a Democrat election results party in Fairfax, Va. Environmental advocates notched one win, after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge.  “You can't fix the climate problem for free,

For environmentalists, a 'monumental' legislative session

Mar. 14, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge. Legislators sent bills to Gov. Ralph Northam that will remake...

Pipeline owner agrees to pay $60M over 2015 California spill

Mar. 13, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The owner of an oil pipeline that spewed thousands of barrels of crude oil onto Southern California beaches in 2015 will pay $60 million to to settle allegations that it violated safety laws, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday. Texas-based Plains All...