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Court to rule if gas expansion plan needed environment study

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is considering whether Connecticut’s environmental protection agency and state regulators were wrong for not studying the potential environmental impact of a major natural gas expansion plan before they approved it in 2013. The high court’s review comes in a lawsuit filed two years ago by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, a group ...

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Feds announce $82 million for nuclear energy research

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects in 28 states as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions. Moniz said Tuesday that the 93 research projects will help scientists innovate with nuclear technologies that can eventually enter the commercial market. He made the announcement while visiting the Department ...

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Watchdog group files lawsuit over cleanup at federal nuclear lab

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A watchdog group is suing the federal government and managers of one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories over missed deadlines for cleaning up hazardous waste left behind by decades of research. Nuclear Watch New Mexico filed its lawsuit in federal court, naming the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security LLC ...

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New communication system installed at nuclear waste dump

New communication system installed at nuclear waste dump

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico will be able to signal officials aboveground in the event of an emergency thanks to a new wireless communication system. The U.S. Department of Energy and the repository’s manager announced the installation of the system Thursday. It includes audible and flashing alarms and ...

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Federal judge sets new deadlines for nuclear waste cleanup

Federal judge sets new deadlines for nuclear waste cleanup

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has set new deadlines for cleaning up nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, after Washington state went to court to prod the U.S. Department of Energy over the flagging efforts. U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson issued the new deadlines in a 102-page order late Friday. Among them: A plant designed to ...

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Feds invest nearly $7M in small business to boost clean tech

A team of SFU student researchers is at work at Ballard Power Systems in Burnaby carrying out tests to improve fuel cell durability. The study aims to make fuel-cell buses competitive with diesel hybrids. (Image: Simon Fraser University via Flickr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is investing nearly $7 million in 33 small businesses across the country to build partnerships with national laboratories in hopes of speeding up development of clean energy technology, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday. The selected businesses represent only a fraction of the hundreds that applied to participate in the first round ...

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Village awarded federal grant for river turbine design

Ocean Renewable Power Company's RivGen® Power System ready for installation in 2015 on the Kvichak River in Igiugig, Alaska. (Image courtesy of ORPC)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A quest by a southwest Alaska village to use clean energy to replace power generated by expensive diesel fuel will get a boost from the U.S. Department of Energy. The department has awarded the village of Igiugig a $393,500 grant to advance the design of river turbines that were tested successfully the last two summers. The ...

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US Sen. Markey faults feds on natural gas export decision

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey says a decision by the federal Department of Energy to allow the export of nearly a billion cubic feet a day of natural gas out of New England is misguided. The Massachusetts Democrat says the decision announced Friday will allow gas to be exported to Canada through the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline where ...

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Westinghouse CEO wants next-gen nuclear reactor

CRANBERRY, Pa. — Westinghouse Electric Co.’s CEO Danny Roderick in January challenged his employees to come up with the next big thing in nuclear energy — the next generation reactor. It had been a very long time since such words were uttered at the Cranberry-based nuclear company. “His charter was to take a clean sheet approach and come up with ...

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Shale vs. conventional: Which produces more greenhouse gases?

Oil and gas extracted from tight shale formations such as the Bakken produces greenhouse gas emissions similar to conventional oil fields, according to two studies released by the United States Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. As reported by The Bakken Magazine, early estimates predicted that shale production might generate up to 20 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than oil ...

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