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Company says it hasn’t reduced Albany oil shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An oil shipper recently accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of violating air pollution standards says it hasn’t reduced rail shipments to its terminal at the Port of Albany on the Hudson River. The EPA issued a violation notice July 29 to Global Companies LLC, based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The EPA says its calculations show 3.5 ...

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Duke Energy, NC agency disputing fine for coal ash pollution

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) €” The nation’s largest electric company is negotiating with North Carolina’s environment agency over a $6.6 million fine to punish Duke Energy for a big spill of liquefied coal ash. Attorneys for both sides said delaying Monday’s scheduled hearing may help resolve the disputed fine for polluting the Dan River in 2014. Duke Energy Corp. has called ...

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Feds agree to pay Maine $413K for pollution clean-up

Oil fueling Eddy County's economic future

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay Maine about $413,000 to clean up decades-old hazardous pollution at oil storage facilities. Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills alleged two weeks ago in U.S. District Court that Maine faces $10.8 million in past and future cleanup costs for pollution at former Portland-Bangor Waste Oil Co. sites in Casco and ...

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West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

Photo: By Andrew Springer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the Keystone Development No. ...

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NY invests $99M in bike paths, sidewalks, traffic upgrades

Albany bike path

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is investing nearly $99 million in efforts to encourage bicycle and pedestrian travel and reduce traffic and vehicle emissions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration said Thursday that it will award $98.7 to municipalities and government agencies that put forward the best plans for bike paths, sidewalks, trails or other similar projects. The money may ...

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Groups reach $6M West Virginia coal mine cleanup deal

Mountain top removal coal mine in West Virginia. (Image: Dennis Dimick via Flickr)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $6 million settlement has been reached in federal court that will restore damage from West Virginia mountaintop removal mines. The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy announced the settlement with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. A consent decree was entered Friday in U.S. District Court in Huntington. The Legacy Fund ...

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Court: Ratepayers can’t be asked to finance natural gas pipelines

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BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts is blocking electric utilities from passing on to ratepayers the costs of building new natural gas pipelines. The Supreme Judicial Court in its unanimous decision on Wednesday said state regulators made a mistake in approving the tariffs and authorizing utilities to sign long-term contracts for natural gas generating capacity. The decision was ...

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Crews restoring power after storms roar across Pennsylvania

power lines, storm, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Utility crews are busy restoring electricity after a wave of thunderstorms roared across Pennsylvania. Utilities across the state reported more than 10,000 customers lost power, most of those in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties. By mid-morning Wednesday, Duquesne Light Co. and West Penn Power were reporting about 3,000 customers still without power. Strong winds downed trees and ...

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Manufacturing in New York region weakens in August

manufacturing, factories, New York

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in New York slowed in early August for the second straight month, and manufacturers in the state cut jobs. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped to a reading of minus 4.2, from 0.6 in July. Any reading above zero points to expansion. Even so, new ...

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Work at first US offshore wind farm is in its final phases

View of an offshore wind energy farm at sunset. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — Construction on the nation’s first offshore wind farm is in its final phases. Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, is expected to be operational this fall. Crews at the site are working on the tower sections for the fourth turbine this week. They’ll begin working on the blades in the coming ...

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