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Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

LOS ANGELES — The utility whose leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes has publicly understated the number of times airborne levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have spiked over the past three months, the company’s own data suggests. In trying to reassure the public there’s no long-term health risk from the leak, ...

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Three workers injured in Marathon refinery fire

Three workers injured in Marathon refinery fire

A fire left three workers injured early Monday morning at the Marathon Petroleum Galveston Bay refinery in Texas City. According to company spokesman Hamal T. Kheiry, the fire was reported about 2:45 a.m. in a unit down for scheduled maintenance. One worker was transferred to a burn center in Galveston via helicopter. Two others were treated on site for minor ...

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All 17 miners trapped in New York salt mine are rescued

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LANSING, N.Y.— Seventeen miners trapped in one of the world’s deepest salt mines were rescued Thursday morning, ending a 10-hour ordeal that began when their elevator broke down 900 feet underground. The workers were descending to the floor of the 2,300-foot-deep Cayuga Salt Mine — nearly deep enough to fit two Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other ...

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Credits extended for wind energy, could aid Champaign County project

The sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill Congress approved earlier this month includes an extension of tax credits that will benefit the wind industry for the next five years. Proponents, including developers of the Buckeye Wind Project in Champaign County, praised the extension of the Production Tax Credit, arguing it will secure tens of thousands of jobs and provide stability to ...

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Canadian company plans 10-megawatt solar farm in Oregon

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian renewable energy company is planning to create a solar farm in Oregon. The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1OxFYsP ) that Saturn Power Corp. of New Hamburg, Ontario, submitted a permit application to Deschutes County in November for a nearly 10-megawatt facility east near Redmond. The plant could potentially generate enough power for about 1,500 homes ...

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Posh New York City hotels pledge to go green

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Some of New York’s most iconic hotels, comprising more than 11,000 guest rooms, promised to cut their carbon footprints on Tuesday and join a city effort to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The famed Waldorf Astoria, The Peninsula New York and The Pierre are among 16 well-known, high-end hotels that committed to reducing ...

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Navajo Nation on track for first utility-scale solar plant

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s first utility-scale solar plant is on track to be built by the end of 2016. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority says the $64 million plant in Kayenta (kuh-YHEN’-tuh) will be capable of powering an average 7,700 homes on the reservation. The utility’s general manager, Walter Haase, says the tribe will use federal loans ...

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Report: EPA used ‘covert propaganda’ on WOTUS

Last week was a tough one for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. proposal. First, the government watchdog found the EPA campaign to promote WOTUS violated federal lobbying rules and the proposal was nearly killed in a 2,000-page congressional omnibus bill. WOTUS proposed tougher standards for water quality around coal mines and requiring companies to accept additional responsibility ...

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Crews finish effort to drain sunken barge found in Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — Crews have finished an effort to eliminate environmental threats from a sunken barge that apparently sat undiscovered in Lake Erie for nearly 80 years, The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. Salvage crews recently pumped out hazardous, oil-based substances from the barge, though six of the eight tanks onboard were empty. The mixture of cargo and water removed ...

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