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States review clean energy projects for New England region

rooftop solar panels, renewable energy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials are joining with electric utilities to evaluate more than 50 solicitations from companies to build plants that would generate clean energy for all three states. The states are hoping to leverage their combined purchasing power and attract projects they possibly couldn’t lure on their own. The goal is to ultimately ...

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Company says it hasn’t reduced Albany oil shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An oil shipper recently accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of violating air pollution standards says it hasn’t reduced rail shipments to its terminal at the Port of Albany on the Hudson River. The EPA issued a violation notice July 29 to Global Companies LLC, based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The EPA says its calculations show 3.5 ...

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Multiagency grants to help communities hit by coal layoffs

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Communities in states hard-hit by coal layoffs are about to receive nearly $39 million in federal grants aimed at helping people get back to work. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor announced the following grants on Wednesday: ALABAMA Shoals Entrepreneurial Center in Florence: $1 million for an entrepreneurship ...

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Duke Energy, NC agency disputing fine for coal ash pollution

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) €” The nation’s largest electric company is negotiating with North Carolina’s environment agency over a $6.6 million fine to punish Duke Energy for a big spill of liquefied coal ash. Attorneys for both sides said delaying Monday’s scheduled hearing may help resolve the disputed fine for polluting the Dan River in 2014. Duke Energy Corp. has called ...

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Feds agree to pay Maine $413K for pollution clean-up

oil storage, oil leak

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay Maine about $413,000 to clean up decades-old hazardous pollution at oil storage facilities. Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills alleged two weeks ago in U.S. District Court that Maine faces $10.8 million in past and future cleanup costs for pollution at former Portland-Bangor Waste Oil Co. sites in Casco and ...

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West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

Photo: By Andrew Springer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the Keystone Development No. ...

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Natural gas blamed in apartment explosion that killed 7

natural gas explosion, apartment explosion

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A buildup of natural gas caused an explosion and fire that killed seven people and injured dozens of others at a Maryland apartment building last week, investigators said Friday. The exact cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but Daniel Board, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Baltimore ...

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Groups reach $6M West Virginia coal mine cleanup deal

coal mining, climate change, executive order

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $6 million settlement has been reached in federal court that will restore damage from West Virginia mountaintop removal mines. The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy announced the settlement with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. A consent decree was entered Friday in U.S. District Court in Huntington. The Legacy Fund ...

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Crews restoring power after storms roar across Pennsylvania

power lines, storm, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Utility crews are busy restoring electricity after a wave of thunderstorms roared across Pennsylvania. Utilities across the state reported more than 10,000 customers lost power, most of those in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties. By mid-morning Wednesday, Duquesne Light Co. and West Penn Power were reporting about 3,000 customers still without power. Strong winds downed trees and ...

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