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3 S. Korea Workers Die at Nuke Plant Construction Site

December 26, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.

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Mixed Reaction as Vermont Yankee Plant Shuts Down

December 29, 2014 10:03 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | Comments

Ellen Merkel says she gets "a little teary-eyed" when she thinks about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sending its last electrons to the regional power grid. She knows it will likely mean moving from her nice neighborhood in Vernon, where her husband works at the plant, to the South for a new job.

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Agreement For Fertilizer Plant in American Falls

December 26, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An agreement has been reached to build a new $2 billion fertilizer plant in American Falls. ConAgra Foods and Magnida also announced an agreement on groundwater Tuesday, The Idaho Statesman reported. Construction on the new plant could begin in 2015.

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Lawmakers Promise to Help Strapped Oil-Patch Towns

December 26, 2014 10:40 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press; JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

Relief could be on the horizon for strapped public services in the Northern Plains' booming oil patch, as elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota move to steer more money into the region during the states' upcoming legislative sessions.

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Callaway Nuclear Plant Marks 30 Years

December 26, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The only commercial nuclear power plant in Missouri has turned 30 and is seeking to operate for another three decades. The Callaway Energy Center, which generates about 20 percent of Ameren Missouri's electricity for its 1.2 million customers, was granted a 40-year operating license in 1984.

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Prosecutors Not to Indict 3 Ex-TEPCO Execs Over Fukushima

December 26, 2014 10:17 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | Comments

Japanese prosecutors are expected not to indict three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. on charges of professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

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Walker Signs LNG Agreement With Japanese Company

December 24, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has signed an agreement with a Japanese energy company formally declaring a commitment to form a partnership in developing Alaska's liquefied natural gas market. Officials say Japanese prefectures have been considering LNG to replace nuclear energy following the shut down of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Ky. Public Service Commission OKs New $15M Filtration Plant

December 24, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has authorized Kentucky-American Water Co. to replace a 90-year-old filtration facility in Lexington with a new one. The current plant was built in 1924 and last expanded in 1953.

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Enbridge Oil Spill Settlement is $6.25M, not $6.75M

December 24, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A settlement over a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan is worth $6.25 million, not $6.75 million as lawyers reported earlier in December. The company has estimated cleanup costs to be about $1.2 billion, including $227 million on environmental consultants.

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Murray Energy Expanding Coal Prep Plant in Benwood

December 24, 2014 10:19 am | Comments

Murray Energy is expanding its coal preparation plant in Benwood. Construction of a new coal processing facility is underway at the Ohio County Coal Co. prep plant. The project is expected to be completed by late spring.

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On Lead Bullets, Judges Rule Against Environmentalists

December 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court has ruled against environmentalists who are trying to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate spent lead bullets and lead shot used in hunting and shooting sports.  The Toxic Substances Control Act exempts cartridges and shells from regulation.

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Israel Challenges Natural Gas Developers Over Monopoly

December 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Israel's antitrust authority said Tuesday it will challenge the ownership structure of the country's natural gas resources, a decision that could rattle an increasingly important industry. A conglomerate of companies including Texas-based Noble Energy has been developing Israel's offshore natural gas deposits.

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Honeywell Completes $33M Expansion in Baton Rouge

December 23, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A $33 million modernization project at Honeywell's chemical and refrigerant gases manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge has been completed. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies President and CEO Darius Adamczyk announced the completion Monday.

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Myanmar Villagers Remain in Standoff Over Mine

December 23, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Villagers refusing to leave their homes for the expansion of a Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar remained in a tense standoff with security forces for a second day Tuesday, with two reported hurt. The confrontation left one woman dead Monday when guards and police fired at the protesting villagers.

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FDA Going After Sellers of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 10:13 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA has said that people may not realize the powdered form is a pure chemical, and that the difference between a safe amount and a lethal dose is very small.

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Oil Patch Towns Looking to Catch up With Demands

December 22, 2014 3:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects, despite an expected downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for permanent oil field workers have not been met, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

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