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Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

Crews Find Radiation Leak Location

April 18, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.

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Texas Town Honors West Fertilizer Victims

April 18, 2014 10:12 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | Comments

A moment of silence at 7:51 p.m. marked the exact time of the leveling blast in a town that is recovering but still has a long way to go. Photos of the 15 victims were shown on a large screen, including one of the several volunteer firefighters killed.

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Montana Proposes $45M In Oil Patch Grants

April 18, 2014 10:09 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch.         

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Fatal Ammunition Explosion Under Investigation

April 18, 2014 10:06 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | Comments

A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into an explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one person and injured three others.                     

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Minnesota Pipe Line Seeks Expansion

April 17, 2014 10:28 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | Comments

Minnesota Pipe Line Company plans to ask regulators for approval to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities.                               

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Sinclair Refinery Faces $201K Fine

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | Comments

State safety regulators are proposing a $201,000 fine against Sinclair Oil Corp. for violations stemming from a fire last September at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming.                    

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Spokane Takes Over Waste-To-Energy Plant

April 17, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Spokane is taking over operation of the city incinerator that burns waste to generate electricity.                                          

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Oil Tanker Pirates Sentenced 12 Years

April 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A German court has sentenced a Somali man to 12 years in prison for helping lead a group of pirates who seized a German-operated oil tanker in 2010.                               

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ND May Challenge New Coal Emission Standards

April 17, 2014 10:18 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday signaled a potential legal challenge to proposed federal rules aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries.                           

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FEMA & WV To Cover Chemical Spill Cleanup Costs

April 17, 2014 10:13 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

Public agencies and nonprofits that helped after a Jan. 9 chemical leak into the water supply could receive $2 million in reimbursements for their emergency work, a West Virginia homeland security official said.                        

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NC Governor Proposes New Coal Ash Plan

April 17, 2014 10:09 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

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Tiny Plants As The Future Of Nuclear Energy

April 17, 2014 10:07 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | Comments

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, according to the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency.

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WV Miner Charged With Bomb Threat

April 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A West Virginia man has been jailed on charges he phoned in a bomb threat to the southwestern Pennsylvania mine where he worked because he couldn't find a baby sitter to watch his 8-year-old daughter during his shift last week.              

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Ammunition Plant Blast Kills 1

April 17, 2014 10:00 am | by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made killed one person and injured three others.                                       

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Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories At Record High

April 17, 2014 9:42 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

The elevated inventory levels are the result of the continuing strong crude oil production growth, the opening of TransCanada's Marketlink Pipeline, and a drop in crude oil inputs at USGC refineries as a result of seasonal maintenance.     

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