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Death toll rises to 32 in Mexico petrochemical plant blast

Death toll rises to 32 in Mexico petrochemical plant blast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state oil company says that searchers have recovered four more bodies from a petrochemical plant wrecked by a huge explosion on the country’s Gulf coast, raising the death toll to 32. Petroleos Mexicanos said in a statement Sunday that rescuers with dogs had reached some of the area’s most affected by Wednesday’s blast and had ...

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Feds: No nuclear waste to be used in possible South Dakota test

Feds: No nuclear waste to be used in possible South Dakota test

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes are trying to better explain their intentions to South Dakota residents after getting rebuffed in North Dakota over concerns that waste might eventually be stored there. Battelle, a nonprofit group hired to manage the U.S. Department of Energy project, is ...

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Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission hopes to come up with a rail safety plan within six months after a report criticized the agency for having never written one, even as the train traffic carrying volatile crude from the Bakken oil patch has increased. The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to complete a risk assessment and safety plan by ...

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EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped proposed language from new vehicle emissions restrictions following concerns raised by auto racing. The new standards limiting climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty engines had included pollution controls on vehicles modified for racing. Both auto racers and members of Congress objected to the proposed language, saying that complying would ...

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New gas and oil leak reported in Aliso Canyon storage field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California Gas Co. says a new natural gas and oil leak occurred in the area where a leak spewed massive amounts of gas into the air for nearly four months and drove thousands of people out of their homes. The utility reported to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency of Services on Saturday that ...

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States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

States seek ways to regulate steep air ambulance costs

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first time Jason Ebert needed an air ambulance, it saved his life. The second time, it nearly broke the bank. Both times, Montana doctors ordered Ebert flown 150 miles from Bozeman to Billings for treatment. But while insurance covered the first flight, the hospital called a for-profit service the second time, and Ebert got stuck ...

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Diesel spill reported on Ohio River in Illinois

Diesel spill reported on Ohio River in Illinois

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. (AP) — The operator of an Illinois oil pipeline is reporting 1,150 barrels of diesel fuel has spilled, resulting in the pollution of at least one river. Marathon Pipe Line LLC says the equivalent of about 48,300 gallons of fuel has leaked from a pipeline near Mount Carmel in southern Illinois. In a statement, the company says ...

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New Mexico oil field regulators present spill allegations

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil field regulators are providing evidence that a Texas-based driller spilled oily salt water repeatedly at waste-water injections sites without properly reporting it, and ignored initial warnings to stop. The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division on Thursday provided testimony, photographs and a video at public hearing to back up allegations that Siana Operating ...

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NASA: Global warming is now changing how Earth wobbles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds. Melting ice sheets — especially in Greenland — are changing the distribution of weight on Earth. And that has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study ...

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Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that manages the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository is being awarded nearly $12 million in fees and performance pay for work done while the troubled facility moves toward resuming operations following a radiation leak more than two years ago. Documents released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Department show Nuclear Waste Partnership — which ...

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