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  • Entergy reports radioactive tritium leak at Indian Point Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 2:37 PM ET

    Feb 10- Entergy Corp said on Wednesday it found elevated levels of tritium, a weak radioactive isotope of hydrogen, in groundwater samples at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York state. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who wants Indian Point shut because he does not believe the population around the plant- including New York City- could be evacuated if...

  • Feb 10- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder asked state lawmakers on Wednesday to provide more than $300 million in his current and fiscal 2017 budget proposals to deal with the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, and to keep the Detroit Public Schools from running out of cash as early as April. During his budget presentation before the House and Senate...

  • FRESNO, Calif.— A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died. Experts cite two key reasons for California farms' strong showing even in dry times: a California almond boom fed by surging demand from China...

  • A look at Obama's final budget proposal Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 11:03 AM ET

    —Obama's budget for the Agriculture Department includes a proposed $12 billion over 10 years to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer. Spending that needs Congress' annual approval: $24.2 billion. Spending that needs Congress' approval: $9.7 billion.

  • PARIS, Feb 9- French water and waste group Veolia said on Tuesday it is talks to install a flood prevention system in the city of New Orleans that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.. Veolia innovation director Laurent Auguste said a study will be carried out jointly with Swiss insurer Swiss Re and that Veolia- which operates the main New Orleans waste...

  • Dry Ivory Coast weather takes toll on cocoa trees Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 8:28 AM ET

    ABIDJAN, Feb 8- More dry and hot weather last week in most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa regions damaged cocoa trees, young flowers and small pods, threatening to delay and reduce the next mid-crop, farmers said on Monday. The dry season in Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa grower, runs from mid-November to March. The plants need water, "said Salame Kone, who farms in the...

  • BOSTON— Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. Among several plans yet to secure final approval are the $1.4 billion Northern Pass project, designed to bring 1,090 megawatts of Hydro- Quebec power through New Hampshire into southern New England and a 1,000- megawatt transmission line beneath Lake Champlain...

  • BUCHANAN, N.Y.— An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, 40 miles north of Manhattan, reported on Friday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the...

  • Some of the metals reached the San Juan River, which the Animas joins in New Mexico, but most settled into the Animas riverbed before that, the EPA said in a preliminary report on the metals. The EPA said most of the metals consisted of small particles and came from Cement Creek, a tributary that carried the water from the mine to the Animas. An EPA- led cleanup crew...

  • Two compounds once used in nonstick cookware coatings, firefighting foam and other materials were detected in utilities serving about 69,000 people in the city of Fountain and an unincorporated community called Security-Widefield, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said. Officials at the communities' water districts said the chemicals would...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it. Johnston said there were millions more in claims against the company...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- A wide-ranging U.S. energy bill, the country's first major energy measure in more than eight years, was close to stalling in the Senate on Thursday as the chamber struggled to strike a deal to help Flint, Michigan cope with a drinking water crisis. Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both of Michigan, had proposed an amendment to...

  • LIVONIA, Mich.— Ford Motor Company is conducting tests at one of its Detroit- area facilities after finding vinyl chloride in groundwater outside the plant. Samples with the chemical were found last summer at least 7 feet below ground on the east side of Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant, The Detroit News reported Wednesday. The automaker plans to drill borings...

  • Latest: House panel seeks documents on Flint water crisis Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 11:48 AM ET

    Fred Upton of Michigan and Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday seeking information on Flint. The lawmakers are asking a series of questions, including details on how the two agencies are responding to the crisis and whether it is possible to...

  • Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Michigan officials ignored federal advice to treat Flint water for corrosion-causing elements last year and delayed for months before telling the public about the health risks of lead-contaminated water. "What happened in Flint was avoidable and never should have...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former owner of Freedom Industries has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $20,000 fine for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Media outlets report Charles Herzing was sentenced Tuesday in Charleston federal court. Robert Reynolds, Freedom's former environmental...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former environmental consultant at a chemical distributor was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $10,000 Monday for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Robert Reynolds was the first of six ex- Freedom Industries officials to be sentenced on pollution charges in federal court...

  • Jan 29- Hydro One Ltd, Ontario's largest electric utility said it will buy an electricity transmission business from Brookfield Infrastructure for C $222 million. Hydro One began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in November after its initial public offering, one of the largest in Canadian history. Hydro One's shares were mostly flat at C $22.45 in morning...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 27- A Brazilian federal court has revoked a lower court's injunction that had suspended the operating license for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, one of the world's largest, Brazil's Energy Ministry said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. Belo Monte, a dam built on the Xingu River in the middle of the Amazon forest, will have a total installed capacity...

  • But big-name, national plaintiffs' firms have yet to jump into the fray in Flint, which has a population of about 100,000.. What's holding them back, several lawyers said, is not the facts or the victims, but the prospective targets: The State of Michigan, the city of Flint, and officials at various levels of government. Those suits were filed against the state, city, and...