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Talen Energy laying off 131 workers at Pennsylvania sites

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BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — Talen Energy plans to cut 53 jobs at a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant, and dozens of other jobs at other facilities around the state. Company spokesman Todd Martin says the jobs will be cut at the Susquehanna Power Plant in Salem Township, near Berwick. That’s about 80 miles northeast of Harrisburg. Another seven workers who ...

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Feds order Spectra to conduct tests on pipelines after blast

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GREENSBURG, Pa (AP) — A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the other lines in Salem Township, Westmoreland County ...

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Activists hold march, rally to protest pipeline ‘tax’

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BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of natural gas pipelines are urging Massachusetts lawmakers to bar utilities from passing on the costs of financing new pipelines to electric customers. Dozens of activists rallied at the Statehouse on Monday, wrapping up a 43-mile, four-day walk through areas where Spectra Energy hopes to build new pipelines. Several camped out overnight in front of the ...

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Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says

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CHICAGO (AP) — Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania. The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with more or bigger active wells than those living ...

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Virginia group says new nuclear plant would be boondoggle

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If Dominion Virginia Power goes ahead with plans to build a $19 billion nuclear plant, it would be one of the biggest ratepayer rip-offs in the history of producing electricity, a consumer group said in comments filed Tuesday. In the comments filed with state regulators, the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council argue that Dominion Virginia Power should ...

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Negotiators aim for sale to keep FitzPatrick nuke plant open

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Negotiations to save the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant from closure by selling it to the operators of a nearby nuclear plant on Lake Ontario are underway. Exelon said Wednesday it was in discussions to purchase Entergy Corp.’s FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, New York, which employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more ...

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Duke Energy: $1.5M to electric-vehicle sites in lawsuit deal

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is ready to spend $1.5 million to expand the number of electric-vehicle charging stations around North Carolina as part of a deal settling claims of illicit smokestack pollution. The country’s largest electric company is announcing Tuesday that it will make $1 million available to cities and towns wanting to install public charging stations for ...

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Company renewing request for coke breeze along Detroit River

Petroleum coke, or pet coke, is a byproduct of petroleum refining. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

DETROIT (AP) — A company plans to renew its request to store a coal-based byproduct called coke breeze and other materials along the Detroit River. Waterfront Terminal Holdings on Tuesday is set to go before Detroit’s Board of Zoning Appeals. In its application, the company raised the possibility of petroleum coke, or “pet coke,” which is a byproduct of petroleum ...

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Gas prices still dropping northern New England

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices are dropping in northern New England. GasBuddy surveys show the average retail price in New Hampshire is $2.19 per gallon, down 3.2 cents from last week. The average price per gallon in Maine has fallen 2.9 cents to $2.29. In Vermont, the price went down 1.1 cents, to $2.30. The national average of $2.23 ...

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Gov. Raimondo to sign renewable energy legislation

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo is planning to sign into law several energy measures designed to get more Rhode Islanders tapping into solar power and other renewable resources. The Democrat is scheduled to attend a Thursday signing ceremony at Newport Vineyards in Middletown. The legislation includes a “community solar” program that allows people to join together to finance ...

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