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Engineer accused of illegally helping China build reactors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Chinese-born U.S. nuclear engineer has been accused of recruiting a team of U.S.-based experts to help a state-controlled Chinese nuclear energy company build reactors there. Szuhsiung Ho, also known as Allen Ho, had dual citizenship in China, where he was employed with the China General Nuclear Power Company, and the U.S., where he was owner ...

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Another study says global warming may be worse than experts think

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most computer simulations of climate change are underestimating by at least one degree how warm the world will get this century, a new study suggests. It all comes down to clouds and how much heat they are trapping. According to the study published Thursday in the journal Science, computer model simulations say there is more ice and ...

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Sanford gets BNSF grant for oil field health care program

Sanford O.P.C. mobileMED will provide health care services directly in the oil fields for oil-producing companies (O.P.C.) and their employees. (Images courtesy Sanford Health via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sanford Health has received a $10,000 grant from the BNSF Railway Foundation to support an effort to provide health care services directly in the western North Dakota oil fields. Sanford has two MobileMED units in the oil patch. One is in Watford City and the other sees patients in Underwood and Stanton. Sanford says the BNSF ...

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Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office review also sampled EPA operations ...

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Environmental groups sue US over pollution from airliners

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups sued U.S. regulators Tuesday over long-sought pollution standards for airliners and cargo planes. The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington. The groups allege the Environmental Protection Agency has unreasonably delayed for years using the Clean Air Act to enforce limits ...

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Ex-coal chief asks higher court to stay free pending appeal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former coal company executive is asking an appeals court if he can remain free while appealing a case that dealt him a prison sentence. Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Tuesday asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let him remain free on $1 million bond, pending appeal. Otherwise, Blankenship’s attorneys say he ...

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EPA: No changes to federal lead water rule until next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency’s top water regulator said Wednesday that officials are working urgently to strengthen a federal rule limiting lead and copper in drinking water — a key focus in the ongoing lead-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. But Joel Beauvais, acting chief of the EPA’s water office, said proposed changes will not be released until next ...

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2 workers killed, 1 hurt in South Texas pipeline accident

WOODSBORO, Texas (AP) — Officials say two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men did repairs on a South Texas gas pipeline. Refugio (ray-FYOO’-ee-oh) County authorities say the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at a Southcross Energy Partners plant near Woodsboro. Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopez says two of the men were ...

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Utah officials spar over public lands lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert said Monday it would be reckless to file a longshot lawsuit now to try and force the federal government to give up control of more than 30 million acres of public land — defending his actions against criticism from GOP challenger Jonathan Johnson. The two Republicans sparred over how best to combat ...

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Michigan State University’s campus power plant now coal-free

Michigan State University's campus power plant now coal-free

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is no longer burning coal at the power plant on its East Lansing campus. The school is now using only natural gas and says Tuesday that all of its remaining coal reserves have been burned at the T.B. Simon Power Plant, which generates steam for heating and electrical power. Emissions from the ...

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