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US to give nuclear waste plant in Idaho another try

Oct. 21, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Problems plaguing a nuclear waste treatment plant in eastern Idaho appear to be solved, U.S. officials said Thursday, and converting high-level liquid waste into safer, more easily managed solid material could start early next year. Joel Case of the...

Texts detail how Ohio regulator gave FirstEnergy inside help

Oct. 21, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Newly surfaced texts between FirstEnergy Corp. executives detail a series of favors delivered to the company by Ohio's top utility regulator, a man under scrutiny in an ongoing federal corruption probe. Akron-based FirstEnergy had a friend on the...

Man pleads guilty to shutting down rural Kansas water system

Oct. 21, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A man has admitted that he shut down a rural central Kansas water system but said he was too intoxicated to remember what happened, prosecutors said. Wyatt Travnichek, 22, of Ellsworth County, pleaded guilty Wednesday to tampering with a public...

Australia, UK defend AUKUS pact, say fears overhyped

Oct. 21, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia and Britain on Thursday defended their nuclear submarine deal with the U.S. amid concerns it could escalate tensions in the region and spark an arms race. U.K. Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey said there “has been a lot...

Lawsuits: Mississippi capital city's water harms children

Oct. 20, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two new lawsuits claim hundreds of children have been exposed to dangerous lead levels through the drinking water in Mississippi's capital city, which has been facing water system problems for years. One lawsuit represents one child, while the...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Oct. 20, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch. Oct. 17, 2021. Editorial: PSC decision gives WV time to consider coal plants’ futures The headline on an email sent by an energy news aggregator website said it well: “West Virginia regulators go all in on coal...

Green hydrogen hub in Mississippi to be largest in US

Oct. 20, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson-based company has announced plans to build a green hydrogen hub in Mississippi it says will be the largest of its kind in the U.S. and create an easier pathway for hard-to-decarbonize manufacturing industries to move away from fossil fuels. ...

Montana reaches deal in Colstrip coal ash cleanup dispute

Oct. 20, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has reached a settlement with a coal plant operator that gives the company two years to come up with an alternative plan to clean up water polluted with coal ash. Ponds meant to contain the toxic ash from the Colstrip power...

Hearings set in WVa on water company rate hike requests

Oct. 20, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Public Service Commission is holding public hearings starting later this month to gather comment on rate increases requested by West Virginia American Water Co. The company seeks increased water rates and charges of...

U.S. congressmen complain about Mexico energy changes

Oct. 20, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Texas congressmen complained Tuesday about the Mexican government's attempts to limit competition in the electrical power sector. In a letter to U.S. Ambassador Ken Salzar, about 20 Texas congressmen and senators criticized changes proposed by...