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Report: Mix of Cat Litter, Salts Caused Nuclear-Dump Mishap

March 26, 2015 6:14 pm | Comments

The team was charged by the U.S. Energy Department to investigate the chemical reactions that may have led to the release of radioactive material at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Execs From Montana's Largest Mining Company Moving to Denver

March 26, 2015 6:11 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and the company plans to close its offices in Billings as part of cost-cutting moves.

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Oil Prices Jump Almost 5 Percent as Tensions Mount in Yemen

March 26, 2015 6:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

It was the first time the benchmark U.S. oil contract closed at $50 or higher since March 9.

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Oil Council: Shale Won't Last, Arctic Drilling Needed Now

March 26, 2015 6:05 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The government predicts that the shale boom won't last much beyond the next decade.

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Ethanol Exports Reach Highest Level in Four Years

March 26, 2015 3:05 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33 percent more than exports of fuel ethanol in 2013.

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Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants

March 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Karl Ritter & Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press | Comments

In December Japan counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance.

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Feds Say Monsanto Released Dangerous Chemicals at Idaho Plant

March 26, 2015 2:47 pm | by Keith Ridler, Associated Press | Comments

Monsanto Corporation has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for hundreds of uncontrolled releases of dangerous chemicals at its phosphate plant in Soda Springs, Idaho.

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Shell Cuts Staff in North Sea

March 26, 2015 2:43 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The oil company said the cuts are part of a range of initiatives it has been pursuing to manage costs and improve competitive performance.

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Lawmakers Unhappy with New Fracking Rules

March 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Kevin Freking, AP | Comments

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

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Chinese Chemical Company Set to Acquire Pirelli

March 24, 2015 4:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The acquisition would give China the intellectual property of the world's fifth-largest tire maker, while giving Pirelli greater access to the world's largest auto market amid potential competition in Asia from Michelin and Continental.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 24, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from Michigan State University reported electric vehicles only emit about one-fifth the heat of conventional gas-powered vehicles. In areas with heavy traffic, scientists argued reducing heat emissions from cars could also lead to residents using less air conditioning.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 3:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

But skeptics questioned how soon the natural gas industry could get up and running in a state without a history of such drilling.

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Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Starlings in Nevada

March 24, 2015 3:33 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

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Japan Audit: Millions of Dollars Wasted in Fukushima Cleanup

March 24, 2015 3:28 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | Comments

A Board of Audit report describes various expensive machines and untested measures that ended in failure.

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Report: Feds to Exceed Costs For Cleaning up Nuke Waste

March 24, 2015 3:25 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

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