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California First to Feel Hydro-Power Crunch of Drought

March 23, 2015 5:31 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Despite the state's ambitious clean-air goals, officials are turning to dirtier, more costly fossil-fuel plants to fill some of the power gap.

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Utah Medical Waste Incinerator Proposes Doubling Production

March 23, 2015 5:24 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | Comments

A medical waste burning plant that is leaving North Salt Lake City after being cited for toxic emissions wants to more than double production at a new facility in a rural part of the state.

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State Wants More Info on Proposed Eastern Illinois Coal Mine

March 23, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company says the mine would generate 300 jobs paying an average of $76,000 annually.

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Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant Shuts Down After Water Leak Detected

March 23, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

DTE Energy Co. says it has shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant after a water leak was detected within the dry well that encloses its reactor.

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Oil Markets, Strong Production Lead US Gas Prices Lower

March 23, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that falling oil prices and strong production at U.S. refineries led to lower numbers at the pump.

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Train Derailments in Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In Texas, the cars derailed Saturday evening near Valley Mills, a town about 25 miles northwest of Waco. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said that about four homes were evacuated.

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Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Industry groups hammered the proposal; the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance filed a federal lawsuit in Wyoming in hopes of blocking the rules.

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Regulators Seek Information From Company on Mine Proposal

March 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Montana regulators won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application, the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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US Agency Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples

March 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | Comments

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to U.S. grocery store aisles.

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Popular Weed Killer Deemed "Probable Carcinogen" by UN

March 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk.

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US Stocks Rise on Rebound in Oil, Strong Company Results

March 20, 2015 12:08 pm | Comments

After dropping more than 3 percent Thursday, oil was up $1.39, or 3 percent, to $46.86 a barrel. Energy stocks rose far more than the rest of the market, with the S&P 500 Energy sector up 1.3 percent.

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Environmental Group Sues Dominion Over Coal Ash Ponds

March 20, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dominion Virginia Power is being sued by an environmental group that says a coal ash pond at a former power plant is polluting groundwater.

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Study: Additives Don't Cause Plastics to Degrade

March 19, 2015 3:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Michigan State engineers evaluated the effects of five additives on polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate materials during typical disposal conditions.

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Understanding The Shale Revolution: Q&A With Dow's Rick Strittmatter

March 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Comments

"There aren’t just challenges with fracking — there are solutions being generated regularly," Strittmatter told Manufacturing.Net in a recent interview.

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US Refineries Gearing up to Process More Domestic Shale Oil

March 19, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Refineries responding to the survey expected to increase their capacity for "very light and sweet" crude oil by more than 730,000 barrels per day from 2014 to 2016

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