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Climate change lawsuit by 21 youths takes big step forward

Climate change lawsuit by 21 youths takes big step forward

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The federal government and big energy companies lost an important round Friday in their effort to block a climate change lawsuit by young plaintiffs who contend the U.S. is failing to protect them from the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene rejected motions by the U.S. government and trade ...

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Consequences of gas leak could lead to California blackouts

Consequences of gas leak could lead to California blackouts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas well blowout last year that crippled a major energy supply for Southern California could lead to blackouts in the region over as many as 14 days this summer, energy officials said Tuesday. State agencies that studied the impact of the partial shutdown of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field proposed an action plan ...

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Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer’s end

Gas storage field closed by leak could open by summer's end

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California Gas Co. said Thursday that a huge natural gas storage field closed by a monthslong leak should reopen by late summer. The utility laid out a framework for safety testing on wells in the Aliso Canyon storage field near Los Angeles. The underground reservoir hasn’t received new supplies since the leak was discovered ...

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Report: California carbon tax hikes gas prices 11 cents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature’s nonpartisan analyst estimates the state’s pollution tax has raised gasoline prices by 11 cents per gallon and diesel prices by 13 cents, according to a month-old letter released on Thursday. The pollution tax costs drivers collectively about $2 billion a year, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor said. His staff calculated the estimate in response ...

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At a glance: Settlement is latest milestone after BP spill

BP, settlement, oil spill, milestone, 2010, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge gave his final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over BP’s massive 2010 oil spill. Here’s a look at some of the legal milestones since a deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers and led to millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico: ...

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Hickenlooper: If Colorado doesn’t regulate its air, EPA might

The Milky Way seen from the crisp and clean air of Colorado state. (Image: Max and Dee Bernt via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper warned Thursday that withholding funds for state air quality regulators could prompt the federal government to step in with a heavier hand. The Democratic governor’s comments came amid a dispute with Republican lawmakers over whether Colorado should continue developing rules to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Ex-coal CEO faces up to 1 year in sentencing for mine crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal executive Don Blankenship could receive up to a year in prison and a fine of $250,000 in connection to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades when he is sentenced one day after the tragedy’s sixth anniversary. But just as important as the length of his sentence is whether the ex-Massey Energy CEO ...

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Nuclear power plant near Richland unexpectedly shut down

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A power company shut down a nuclear plant in south-central Washington state after operators received an indication that a system used to cool equipment wasn’t working. Energy Northwest spokesman John Dobken said early Tuesday that there was no release of radiation from Columbia Generating Station near Richland, and no danger to the public. He tells The ...

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New communication system installed at nuclear waste dump

New communication system installed at nuclear waste dump

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico will be able to signal officials aboveground in the event of an emergency thanks to a new wireless communication system. The U.S. Department of Energy and the repository’s manager announced the installation of the system Thursday. It includes audible and flashing alarms and ...

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New Mexico to roll out cleanup proposal for federal lab

New Mexico to roll out cleanup proposal for federal lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators plan to roll out a revamped proposal for governing cleanup of Cold War-era waste from one of the federal government’s premier nuclear laboratories. State Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn is scheduled to outline the changes to the consent order with Los Alamos National Laboratory during a meeting Wednesday afternoon. The presentation will kick ...

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