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Feds announce $82 million for nuclear energy research

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects in 28 states as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions. Moniz said Tuesday that the 93 research projects will help scientists innovate with nuclear technologies that can eventually enter the commercial market. He made the announcement while visiting the Department ...

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Amid push to cut coal, feds review mine lease program

The Department of the Interior is leasing millions of acres of federal coal to private mining companies even as the Obama administration ramps up efforts to curb greenhouse gases from coal-burning power plants and natural gas pipelines under the president’s Climate Action Plan. To environmentalists and some Navajo activists living near coal mines in New Mexico, the disconnect between leasing ...

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NM braces for methane rules

New rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to control methane emissions from oil and gas operations could have a huge impact in New Mexico. The EPA’s proposed regulations, to be finalized in 2016 after a year of public comment, would impose the nation’s first federal mandates on natural gas production to limit flaring and venting by ...

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5 Points to take away from QER

As prompted by its Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy released the first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review. The review focuses on modernizing and strengthening the United States’ energy transmission, storage and distribution (TS&D) infrastructure, including pipelines, wires, waterways and railroads. The full report’s 348 pages can add up to a lengthy read, but a 10-page fact ...

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La. agency: New rules expand EPA’s scope


BATON ROUGE, la. — The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to states. The Advocate reports the state Department of Environmental Quality submitted its more extensive comments, elaborating on ...

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