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Judge: Resumption of US coal sales by Trump needs review

Apr. 19, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said Interior...

Colorado begins rewriting oil-gas rules with focus on safety

Apr. 19, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators are taking the first steps to implement a new law that makes public health and the environment their top priority. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released interim guidelines Friday for companies to comply with the law. The commission also outlined...

Austin buys $469M power plant, sidesteps 20-year contract

Apr. 19, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The city of Austin bought a wood chip-fueled biomass power plant in East Texas for $460 million to break away from a punitive contract, a move energy officials called one of the largest single purchases in the city's history. Southern Company, owner of the Nacogdoches Generating...

Virginia to lower carbon emissions from power plants

Apr. 19, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have passed a rule requiring a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants in the next decade. The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board approved the new rule Friday. The Department of Environmental Resources says Virginia is the 12th state in...

Report: New Jersey nuclear plants getting subsidy are viable

Apr. 19, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A report commissioned by New Jersey regulators before they voted to grant $300 million in utility customer-financed subsidies for the state's nuclear industry found the plants are profitable. The Board of Public Utilities voted Thursday to approve subsidies for the three nuclear power...

Illinois law streamlines zoning process for wind farms

Apr. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker predicts growth in wind-energy development after signing a law streamlining zoning rules. The Democrat signed legislation Friday that allows only counties and municipalities to establish standards for developing wind farms. Townships will no longer have authority...

AP: Failures caused toxic gas leak at Iowa police academy

Apr. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A series of infrastructure failures in a crumbling state dormitory caused a toxic gas leak at an Iowa police academy that sickened dozens of recruits and could have killed some of them, a workplace safety investigation concluded. At least three recruits were poisoned by potentially...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

North Carolina coastal panel opposes offshore drilling

Apr. 19, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's coastal regulatory board says risks associated with offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling off the Atlantic coast aren't worth threats to the tourism and fishing economies and the environment. The state Coastal Resources Commission approved a resolution this week...

Asian stocks rise in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets remain...