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Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown

Jun. 21, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, the country's state TV reported. An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that aired on Sunday that...

Generator maker to hire 300 more at new South Carolina plant

Jun. 20, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

TRENTON, S.C. (AP) — A maker of emergency generators is already expanding how many people it will employ at its new South Carolina plant, even before production begins. Wisconsin-based Generac Power Systems announced Thursday that it would hire another 300 workers,...

Agency: Tennessee zinc miner fired for voicing safety worry

Jun. 20, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have brought a complaint against a zinc mining company, claiming that an employee in Tennessee was illegally fired for making safety complaints about the mine. U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh filed the complaint earlier...

Black-owned movie studio moves closer to fruition in Memphis

Jun. 19, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A development that organizers say “is poised to become the second-largest Black-owned film studio in the United States” moved one step closer to fruition June 10 when the Land Use Control Board approved the zoning adjustments necessary to build “BLP Film...

Evacuation order lifted after Illinois chemical plant blast

Jun. 18, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Residents near a northern Illinois chemical plant were cleared to return to their homes Friday, four days after officials issued an evacuation order following a massive explosion at the plant. Rockton fire chief Kirk Wilson lifted the evacuation...

Appeals court panel orders review of EPA decision in Alaska

Jun. 18, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A split federal appeals court panel has sent back for further legal review a 2019 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw proposed restrictions on large-scale mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. A panel of the 9th U.S....

Tens of thousands in dark after blackout hits USVI

Jun. 18, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands' power company on Friday reported a complete blackout in St. John and St. Thomas, which is the U.S. territory's most populated island. Officials said the outage occurred late Thursday when a key power plant lost all...

Meridian given more time to begin refinery construction

Jun. 18, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have set another deadline for Meridian Energy Group to begin construction on its $1 billion oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park or risk losing its permit. Meridian's permit from the state Department of...

Sponsors defend NC energy bill goals while Cooper pans it

Jun. 17, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Negotiators of a wide-ranging North Carolina energy bill to retire Duke Energy coal-fired electricity plants, expand solar power production and keep nuclear power defended their goals on Thursday despite current opposition to the measure from interest groups and Gov....

Drought saps California reservoirs as hot, dry summer looms

Jun. 17, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires. ...