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Indiana utility dealing with 6-month shutdown of power plant

Oct. 18, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Equipment troubles have kept a three-year-old natural gas power plant offline since spring and complicated a major Indiana utility company’s goal of shifting from coal-burning plants to generate electricity. AES Indiana’s Eagle Valley plant near...

Water main break sparks concern about Wichita's aging pipes

Oct. 10, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The major water line break that forced residents of Kansas' largest city to boil their water before using it for several days highlights concerns about Wichita's aging infrastructure. The water main break that forced the boil order last week...

Hydropower decline adds strain to power grids in drought

Oct. 10, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After water levels at a California dam fell to historic lows this summer, the main hydropower plant it feeds was shut down. At the Hoover Dam in Nevada — one of the country’s biggest hydropower generators — production is down by 25%. If extreme drought persists,...

Lebanon's 2 main state power plants shut down, out of fuel

Oct. 09, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s two main power plants were forced to shut down after running out of fuel, the state electricity company said Saturday, leaving the small country with no government-produced power. Lebanon is grappling with a crippling energy crisis made worse...

2nd spill in weeks at US Steel plant prompts precautions

Oct. 08, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A second spill in less than two weeks at a U.S. Steel plant in northwest Indiana sent an oily sheen onto a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting officials to close some nearby lake access as a precaution. The sheen was detected Thursday morning on...

NW Indiana water facility restarts after US Steel discharge

Oct. 04, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — A utility has restarted a northwest Indiana water treatment facility one week after idling it following a U.S. Steel plant's discharge of iron-tainted wastewater into a Lake Michigan tributary. Indiana American Water said it restarted its Ogden...

Shortages, shipping, shutdowns hit Asian factory output

Sep. 30, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

Shortages of power, computer chips and other parts, soaring shipping costs and shutdowns of factories to battle the pandemic are taking a toll on Asian economies. While business sentiment is improving in some parts of Asia as governments begin easing restrictions put in...

From paints to plastics, a chemical shortage ignites prices

Sep. 30, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

In an economy upended by the coronavirus, shortages and price spikes have hit everything from lumber to computer chips. Not even toilet paper escaped. Now, they're cutting into one of the humblest yet most vital links in the global manufacturing supply chain: The plastic...

EPA: Water samples from plant discharge show no health risks

Sep. 30, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Preliminary tests indicate iron-contaminated wastewater that leaked from a northwestern Indiana steel plant into a Lake Michigan tributary presents no risk to public health, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday. U.S. Steel Midwest...

US Steel: Plant's orange plume had elevated iron levels

Sep. 28, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel says a northwestern Indiana plant's discharge of elevated levels of iron were the cause of an orange plume that entered a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of several nearby beaches and a water treatment facility. Company...