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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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New Natural Gas Project In Jamaica

April 16, 2014 10:45 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | Comments

A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday.                          

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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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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

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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Federal Court Upholds EPA Emissions Standards

April 16, 2014 10:19 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                

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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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