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China Expands Oldest Nuclear Power Plant

BEIJING, (UPI) — China has expanded its oldest nuclear power plant. With the addition of a new pressurized water reactor power-generating unit, the Qinshan nuclear power facility near Shanghai has a total capacity of 4.32 million kilowatts, from its previous capacity of 650,000 kilowatts, said operator China National Nuclear Corp., state-run news agency Xinhua a […]

States Ranked On Water-Need Preparations

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Only nine U.S. states have taken comprehensive steps to address their vulnerability to water-related effects of climate change, environmental advocates say. A state-by-state analysis of water readiness released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council found 29 states are completely unprepared for growing water threats to their economies and public health. The […]

House Accuses Obama Of Targeting Coal

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee said he wanted information about how the government was reconsidering coal waste regulation. The committee last year began investigating how Office of Surface Mining regulations meant to replace the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone regulation affected unemployment. The 2008 measure permitted the discharge of coal […]

Marathon, EPA Work To Curb Emissions

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  The U.S. Environmental Protection said it reached an agreement with Marathon Petroleum Corp. that would reduce air pollution by thousands of tons. Marathon, in a deal with the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice, agreed to implement controls on its flares and to cap the amount of waste gas it burns […]

Analysts Warn Of Cost Of Iranian Sanctions

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Sanctions on the Iranian energy sector are affecting gasoline prices and a sanctions opponent said it’s unfair for U.S. leaders not to inform the public. The United States and European Union have placed sanctions on the Iranian energy sector and its central bank to pressure Tehran to abandon its nuclear research program. […]

Nebraska Takes Step Closer To Keystone XL

LINCOLN, Neb., (UPI) –  At least one public hearing is scheduled in Nebraska for the Keystone XL pipeline before a route is determined, a state proposal says. Nebraska lawmakers last week, by a 35-to-2 vote, approved a preliminary measure that would let TransCanada move ahead with a $2 million study to find a new route […]

Fukushima To Be New Geothermal Site?

TOKYO, (UPI) –  Fukushima, the prefecture where Japan’s nuclear power plant disaster occurred, could host the country’s largest geothermal power plant. The proposed plant would have an electricity generation capacity of 270,000 kilowatts, roughly one-quarter of what a nuclear plant can generate, the Asahi Shimbun reports. Partners for the project include Mitsubishi Corp., Sumitomo Corp., […]

U.S. Oil Inventories At Historic Highs

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Crude oil inventories at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub increased by to the highest level since 2009, the U.S. Energy Department said. The Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said crude oil inventories at Cushing, the delivery point for the New York Mercantile Exchange crude contract, increased 43 percent — 12 million barrels […]

Scotland Backs 370 Megawatt Wind Farm

EDINBURGH, Scotland, (UPI) –  The Scottish government approved of the development of a wind farm on the Shetland Islands that will produce 370 megawatts of electricity, the government said. The Scottish government said it gave consent for the development of the 103-turbine Viking wind farm. Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the project would help […]

New Zealand Charges Rena Owner For Spill

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, (UPI) –  The owner of the grounded cargo vessel MV Rena faces an $8,100 fine for every day harmful substances were discharged from the ship, an agency said. Rena struck a reef off the coast of New Zealand in October. It broke apart earlier this year and salvage teams are working to […]

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