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Minnesota ethanol plant fined again for pollution violations

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A south-central Minnesota ethanol plant has been fined again for environmental violations. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the Corn Plus plant in Winnebago has agreed to take a series of corrective actions and pay a $39,450 penalty after regulators found several violations of the plant’s stormwater permit. The permit sets conditions to ensure that ...

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Judge: US agency lacks authority to set rules on fracking

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can’t set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The ...

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End of California nuclear era: Last plant to close by 2025

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California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups reached an agreement to replace production at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with solar power and other energy sources that do ...

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State OKs 2nd fuel storage pad at closed nuclear plant

FILE - In this June 19, 2013 file photo, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt. Its owner, Entergy Corp., said it is closing the plant for economic reasons, and is expected to be disconnect from the regional power grid. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Public Service Board has approved a request to build a second dry fuel storage pad at a closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. The board on Monday issued a certificate of public good for the project, which will give plant owner Entergy Corp. additional capacity to store spent nuclear waste. Entergy already ...

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