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Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners

coal miners, Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said ...

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Pollution woes prompt pension fund to dump Duke Energy stock

Duke Energy, pollution, divestment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One of the world’s largest investment funds is dumping its shares in Duke Energy Corp. because it sees too much risk in what it called the largest U.S. electric company’s history of environmental damage. The decision to bar investments in Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy was announced Wednesday by the arm of Norway’s central bank that ...

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Dominion subsidiaries lock out union workers in 6 states

Dominion Power, union lockout

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries have locked out about 915 union employees in six states over what the company says is the union’s refusal to have its members vote on a tentative four-year contract. Dominion says in a news release that the lockout was effective Wednesday for United Gas Workers Union Local 69 members ...

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down for mechanical issue

Pilgrim nuclear power plant

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was shut down for the second time in roughly three weeks following a mechanical issue at the Plymouth plant. A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says the facility experienced an “unplanned shutdown” around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after water levels unexpectedly spiked in the reactor pressure vessel. Water is pumped into the reactor ...

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Appeals court: State can weigh impact of gas drilling wells

natural gas drilling

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says state environmental regulators can continue weighing the effects gas drilling wells have on public and natural resources. The court ruled Thursday in favor of the state Department of Environmental Protection and against the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association. The industry group includes hundreds of members mainly involved in conventional drilling ...

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Pennsylvania reinstates $11M fine against Uber after appeal

Uber, Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania utility regulators reconsidered — and then reinstated — a record-setting $11.4 million fine imposed on ride-hailing company Uber, which says it’ll go to court to challenge it. Thursday’s 4-1 vote by the Public Utility Commission comes four months after the original vote to fine San Francisco-based Uber for operating in Pennsylvania for six months in ...

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Sen. Manchin: Energy secretary to visit West Virginia

Ernest Moniz, energy secretary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin says U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is accepting his offer to visit his coal-dependent home state of West Virginia. The West Virginia Democrat says Moniz agreed to visit the Mountain State in September. Additional details for the trip have not been released yet. Manchin says Moniz will see firsthand West Virginia’s ongoing work ...

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Group asks regulators to stop work on proposed nuclear plant

Nuclear Power, Dominion

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A consumer group wants electric utility Dominion Virginia Power to get explicit approval from state regulators before it spends any more money prepping for a potential new $19 billion nuclear plant. The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council filed a motion Tuesday arguing that Dominion is currently in violation of state law because it’s started doing preliminary construction ...

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State OKs use of gas drilling waste on hunting club road

drill cuttings, road

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — State regulators are allowing nearly 4,000 tons of natural gas drilling waste to be used in a road project in north-central Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania reports (http://n.pr/2bVa1fW) the Department of Environmental Protection has approved a plan from waste handler Clean Earth Inc. to use the materials on a road at the Bobst Mountain Hunting Club in Lycoming ...

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