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SC, Dept. of Energy in court about nuclear fuel lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the federal government and the state of South Carolina are in court arguing about a lawsuit concerning an unfinished plant to turn old plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. A federal judge in Columbia is hearing arguments Thursday in South Carolina’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy over the mixed oxide fuel project ...

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240-foot turbine blades arrive for offshore wind farm

Offshore wind energy such as what is proposed in Maine, USA, could have a significant impact on fighting climate change.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Workers at ProvPort have been unloading the 240-foot-long turbine blades that will ultimately be used for the nation’s first offshore wind farm, off Block Island. Deepwater Wind says dockworkers began unloading the 15 blades on Tuesday. They are scheduled to be brought to the Block Island Wind Farm site by boat in August. The company says ...

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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York communities are changing the way their residents buy electricity under an initiative designed to save people money while promoting locally-produced, renewable energy. New York is the seventh state to allow community choice aggregation, which lets cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Instead of buying ...

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Maryland’s minimum wage to rise 50 cents to $8.75

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s minimum wage and the state’s gas tax are going up. Here’s a look at some new laws that take effect Friday: MINIMUM WAGE Maryland’s minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest bump scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved increases over several years from $7.25. It is scheduled to ...

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The Latest: Thousands remain without power in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local): 11:30 a.m. About 18,000 customers remain without electricity in West Virginia three days after devastating floods. Appalachian Power says on its website that nearly 13,000 customers were without service Sunday, including nearly 4,700 in Kanawha County where a substation had been under ...

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Sheen in Lake Ontario identified as oil from nuclear plant

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SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a sheen on Lake Ontario has been traced to a small oil spill from the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant. The U.S. Coast Guard responded Sunday to a report of a sheen near the plant in Scriba, about 40 miles north of Syracuse. Neil Sheehan of the NRC tells ...

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Murray Energy strikes 5-year agreement with coal miner union

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — America’s largest coal-mining company says it’s reached a tentative labor agreement with unionized miners. Murray American Energy announced Friday a 5-year pact struck between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, representing mine operators in Ohio and West Virginia. The union plans a membership vote next week on the contract, ...

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Budget makers eye revival of natural gas gross receipts tax

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Budget makers in an 11th-hour search for cash to support a deficit-strapped budget are considering reinstating a gross receipts tax on natural gas sales in Pennsylvania, senators said Thursday. The idea is one of several that have been brought up in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and House and Senate Republican majority leaders have ...

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Democratic energy lawyer tapped as Ohio utility regulator

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic attorney with expertise in energy law has been chosen to fill a vacancy on Ohio’s utility regulatory board. M. Howard Petricoff was named Thursday to a term at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that ends April 10, 2020. Republican Gov. John Kasich selected Petricoff from among 19 applicants for the vacancy created by ...

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