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Manufacturing in New York region weakens in August

manufacturing, factories, New York

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in New York slowed in early August for the second straight month, and manufacturers in the state cut jobs. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped to a reading of minus 4.2, from 0.6 in July. Any reading above zero points to expansion. Even so, new ...

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Feds shop ocean off the Outer Banks to build wind turbines

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) — The Obama Administration is inviting companies to bid for the right to build wind energy turbines off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Interior Department on Friday announced a proposed lease sale for 122,000 acres beginning about 28 miles off Kitty Hawk that includes part of the Outer Continental Shelf. The government has previously announced lease ...

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Opponents of Seneca gas storage project reject downsize plan

Seneca gas storage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Opponents of an expanded gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes say they’ll continue to fight the project despite the company’s proposal to downsize it in response to community concerns. Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners this week proposed changes to the Seneca Lake project that include elimination of rail and truck shipment facilities and resources to monitor ...

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Kasich order creates hotline for oil and gas emergencies

hotline, fire phone

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has ordered creation of a single-call notification system for oil-and-gas emergencies and authorized two state departments to start setting it up. An order Kasich signed Tuesday follows his veto last year of budget language he found inadequate that sought to streamline reporting of spills of oil, brine and other hazardous substances, ...

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NY nuclear plant scheduled to close saved by new owner

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SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — A week after New York regulators adopted a subsidy policy for nuclear plants, Exelon Generation says it will assume ownership of the FitzPatrick plant in upstate New York, saving it from closing. The Entergy Corp. plant by Lake Ontario employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes. Chicago-based Exelon, ...

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Construction permit approved, but fight over environmental impact lingers

coal-fired power, carbon capture

UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue a permit allowing an electric generation plant to convert from coal-fired to gas-fired has drawn ire from environmental groups. Activist groups including The Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey say the permit will allow B.L. England’s plant in Cape May County to produce more ...

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West Virginia coal miner dies from injuries in ignition

coal miner death, coal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a coal miner has died from injuries during an accident last week. The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says Donald Workman died Thursday evening of injuries sustained in a July 29 accident at Road Fork #51 Spartan Mine in Pineville. The Gilbert resident was 58 years old. Officials say ...

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Feds, Pennsylvania settle Consol Energy water pollution suit

stream, creek, river

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Consol Energy has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a claim that its Bailey coal mining complex in southwestern Pennsylvania repeatedly polluted nearby streams beyond what’s permitted under federal and state law. The Justice Department filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. As part of ...

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NC toxicologist: Water near Duke’s dumps not safe to drink

A sample core of coal ash collected from a pollution site. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina’s top public health official acted unethically and possibly illegally by telling residents living near Duke Energy coal ash pits that their well water is safe to drink when it’s contaminated with a chemical known to cause cancer, a state toxicologist said in sworn testimony. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 220-page deposition given ...

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