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Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

In this Jan. 14, 2020, photo, Rita Alton stands next to her house on the edge of a cliff overlooking Lake Michigan near Manistee, Mich. When her father built the 1,000-square-foot, brick bungalow in the early 1950s, more than acre of land lay between it and the drop-off overlooking the water. But erosion has accelerated dramatically as the lake approaches its highest levels in recorded history, hurling powerful waves into the mostly clay bluff. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

High water wreaks havoc on Great Lakes, swamping communities

Feb. 7, 2020 10:14 AM EST

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — Rita Alton has an unusual morning routine these days: Wake up. Get dressed. Go outside to see if her house is closer to tumbling down an 80-foot (24.4-meter) cliff into Lake Michigan. When her father built the 1,000-square-foot (93-square-meter), brick bungalow in the early 1950s...

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Transmission line foes submit signatures for referendum

Feb. 3, 2020 3:28 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Opponents of a proposed $1 billion transmission line aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid collected more than enough signatures to put the proposal to a statewide vote, officials said Monday. Officials from “No CMP Corridor” submitted more than...

2nd nuclear reactor being studied for eastern Washington

Feb. 2, 2020 10:02 AM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Energy Northwest is considering whether there is a need and regional interest for adding a small modular nuclear reactor system near the Tri-Cities. Energy Northwest already operates the only commercial nuclear power reactor in the Northwest, Columbia Generating Station near...

New Hampshire wants more authority over private dams

Jan. 29, 2020 1:41 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After being forced to turn to the courts to get a hydropower dam fixed last year, New Hampshire is looking for more authority to take action when a crumbling structure is privately owned. A bill heard Tuesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee allow dam safety...

Utility raises $2.3M for Maine transmission line campaign

Jan. 16, 2020 3:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine utility spent more than $2.3 million in the most recent quarter to rally against a potential statewide vote about whether it can build a transmission line to bring hydropower from Canada. The utility, Central Maine Power, wants to build a 145-mile line to bring power to the...

Agency OKs $1B hydropower transmission line; hurdles remain

Jan. 8, 2020 4:36 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state agency that handles zoning in Maine's unregulated territories gave its approval Wednesday to a proposed $1 billion transmission line aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid. The Land Use Planning Commission determined, on a 5-2 vote, that the New...

Conservation group removing barrier to salmon on Maine river

Jan. 3, 2020 10:58 AM EST

A salmon conservation group plans to remove an old hydropower station straddling the Dennys River in Maine so more alewives and Atlantic salmon can make their way upstream into Meddybemps Lake. The abandoned hydroelectric station, built in the 1940s, sits over an artificially narrowed bottleneck in the river in...

Maine agency staff gives green light to transmission line

Dec. 31, 2019 12:55 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A rural zoning agency's staff has concluded that a proposed $1 billion transmission line aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid meets land use regulations. The recommendation dated Monday comes ahead of a Jan. 8 meeting of the Maine Land Use Planning...

FILE - This Sept. 16, 2019, file photo shows an aerial view of the devastation after an explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) building, in Farmington, Maine. The blast killed one firefighter and injured multiple other people. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP, File)

Deadly propane blast voted top story of 2019 in Maine

Dec. 25, 2019 9:36 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A roar awakened residents. The ground shook. The lights flickered. Then splintered wood, insulation and shredded paper rained down. In a matter of seconds, a two-story building was replaced by a crater in the ground. The deadly propane explosion that killed a firefighter, injured...