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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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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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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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