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  • Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

    TOKYO (AP) — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry. Engineers and other...

  • Nuclear site workers test thousands of air samples

    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday. But Hanford officials said that...

  • Illinois has hired few workers to oversee fracking

    CHICAGO (AP) — More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of overseeing the practice has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs as it continues working to complete rules that drillers must...

  • Coal company says Illinois rival breached deal

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A leading U.S. coal company is suing a rival with which it shared confidential business plans during a deal that later fizzled, saying the competitor used the proprietary details to buy up land in southern Illinois to thwart the accuser's expansion plans. Murray Energy Corp.,...

  • Oil on 2-week slide even with Mideast turmoil

    NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell for the ninth straight day Wednesday as global supplies continue to flow despite unrest in the world's most important oil-producing region. The prolonged drop could lead to lower gasoline prices for U.S. drivers in the weeks ahead. In the Middle East,...

  • Ranchers taking advantage of USDA disaster program

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing losses over the last three years due to extreme weather have been quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. As of July 2, the agency has...

  • Maine AG files suit against EPA over water quality standards

    Mills AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) – Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging it failed to approve the state’s water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. The federal Clean Water Act...

  • State: Oil counties tops in North Dakota wages

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Well-paying jobs in western North Dakota's oil-producing counties helped propel the state's average annual pay by 4 percent last year to almost $48,000, state data show, though the state still hovers slightly below the national average. "We're seeing a nice uptick and...

  • China, US differ on global plan to cut emissions

    BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions. China's chief climate official Xie Zhenhua said...

  • Rejected! Yao Ming says no to wildlife trafficking

    BEIJING (AP) — Yao Ming is putting on the full-court press against wildlife trafficking. The former NBA star, a Chinese basketball icon, is working with top American and Chinese officials to stamp out global trade in endangered species and their parts. Yao, who retired from basketball in...

  • I&M proposes 5 solar facilities in 2 states

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Michigan Power plans to seek permission to build five solar generating facilities in the two states it serves. I&M is proposing building the facilities in the Muncie-Marion area in eastern Indiana, around South Bend in northern Indiana and in Michigan, although...

  • California board considers fines for wasting water

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering front lawns or washing a car without a nozzle on the hose....

  • This 50-year-old conservation program could run out without GOP support

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which gets its funding from federal offshore oil and gas revenue, is running up against the clock. The Obama administration and its environmental allies need the support of GOP lawmakers to keep it alive. 

  • Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility

    ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) — A lightning strike Monday sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky and leaving the smell of oil in the air. The latest incident was at a saltwater...

  • Proposed EPA water rule lights up Capitol Hill fireworks

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy described the haranguing her agency has received over its proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule this way: "Just ludicrous."



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