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DOE estimates lower cost for Los Alamos cleanup

New Mexico to roll out cleanup proposal for federal lab

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has estimated the cost of cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory at about $1 billion less than estimates provided by New Mexico officials earlier this year. The Department of Energy says it will cost about $2.9 billion through 2035 to clean up decades of radioactive and hazardous waste left over from nuclear ...

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Cities turn to local action to block oil trains

oil trains, crude by rail, Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — As crude oil trains began rolling through its downtown a few years ago, Spokane was among the first cities to pass a resolution calling for stronger federal safety regulations. But when a mile-long train derailed in the scenic Columbia River Gorge along the Oregon-Washington border last month — after earlier passing through this major railroad hub in ...

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EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution

airplanes, pollution, EPA regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has found that jet engine exhaust is adding to climate change and endangering human health, and needs to be regulated. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions. Jet engines spew significant amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and ...

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Torque wrench safety

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“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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Feds order Spectra to conduct tests on pipelines after blast

Sabal Trail, pipeline protest

GREENSBURG, Pa (AP) — A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the other lines in Salem Township, Westmoreland County ...

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Enbridge to pay $61M penalty for 2010 Michigan oil spill

Louisiana oil spill

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Energy Partners will pay a $61 million penalty for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history — a pipeline rupture in southwestern Michigan that polluted a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River, federal officials said Wednesday. The settlement between U.S. government agencies and the Canadian company concluded years of negotiations following the ...

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Court affirms decision blocking frac sand mine

frac sand, U.S. Silica

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has affirmed a decision blocking a frac sand mine in western Wisconsin. The Mississippi Land Connection and Timber Company LLC and Wisconsin Bluff Sands LLC filed an application for a permit for a mine in the town of Waumandee in 2013. The Buffalo County Board of Adjustment denied the application after hearing ...

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Gas company: Gas mains didn’t cause explosion in Ohio

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Gas company officials say their natural gas mains and service lines didn’t cause an explosion at a Reynoldsburg apartment complex. Columbia Gas of Ohio says in a statement Friday that it did a thorough investigation of the complex and determined the gas main and service lines serving it are safe. Thursday night’s blast destroyed a maintenance ...

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