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Tiny Plants As The Future Of Nuclear Energy

April 17, 2014 | 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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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 $2M Of 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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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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Alliant Energy To Build In Marshalltown

April 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Alliant Energy official says the utility has received the necessary permits for a power plant in Marshalltown and expects to begin construction this summer.                           

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NY Updates Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 16, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.                                             

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Sen. Manchin Urges Mines To Push Back On Emission Standards

April 16, 2014 10:38 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | Comments

Speaking to the National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Sen. Joe Manchin said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not being reasonable in proposing that future coal plants reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing carbon.

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Senate Wants States Managing Carbon Emissions

April 16, 2014 10:26 am | by LAUREN LANGLOIS, Associated Press | Comments

Louisiana could have its own, less stringent plan for implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon dioxide emissions, under a proposal that got the approval Tuesday of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.             

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Sudanese Rebels Capture Oil Capital

April 16, 2014 10:24 am | by ILYA GRIDNEFF, Associated Press | Comments

Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded.

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U.S. Factory Output Up In March

April 16, 2014 10:22 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.

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Kentucky Drilling Scam Convictions Upheld

April 16, 2014 10:17 am | by BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | Comments

Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned.                     

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ConocoPhillips Resumes Kenai LNG Shipments

April 15, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | Comments

ConocoPhillips says it will resume exports of liquefied natural gas from a Kenai Peninsula facility.                                           

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Georgia Factory Accused Of Polluting Altamaha River

April 15, 2014 10:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of discharging colored waste and odors in the Altamaha River.                                                

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Glencore Xstrata Buys Caracal Energy For $1.35B

April 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore Xstrata Plc says it is buying oil exploration firm Caracal Energy Inc. for about 800 million pounds ($1.35 billion) in cash.                             

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