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Sweeney ties gas-tax impasse to Christie’s Trump support

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A top New Jersey Democrat says Republican Gov. Chris Christie opposes new legislation to raise the gas tax and pay for road and bridge work because he’s “auditioning” for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Senate President Steve Sweeney predicted Monday the stalemate over transportation funding might not be resolved until after the election. The comment comes ...

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Pipeline construction equipment damage in suspected arson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Machinery located at three oil pipeline construction sites in central Iowa was found extensively damaged by fire Monday in what the company building the pipeline called a shameful act. There’s little doubt the fires were intentionally set along the Dakota Access pipeline, said Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty. Damage to a bulldozer and other large ...

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Payments from 2012 BP settlement $7.9 billion so far

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. (Image: Petty Officer 2nd class Justin Stumberg via Wikipedia)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The office that processes claims for businesses and people who suffered economic losses from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it has approved payments totaling $8.5 billion as of June 30. Of that, $7.9 billion in claims has been paid. The figures are in the latest federal court filing from Michael Juneau, the administrator ...

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Natural gas conversion company wants to dissolve

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine natural gas company that faced a $250,000 fine this year following a potentially “catastrophic” gas leak is asking the state to dissolve an affiliate. On Friday, Summit Natural Gas of Maine asked the state Public Utilities Commission to dissolve Natural Gas Conversion Company, which launched in 2014 to help Mainers convert home heating systems ...

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Lower coal dust limit takes effect Monday in black lung push

black lung, coal dust

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal mines nationwide are facing a more stringent limit on dust samples in an effort to reduce miners’ exposure to particles that can cause deadly black lung disease. On Monday, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is dropping the allowable respirable dust level from 2 milligrams per cubic meter to 1.5 milligrams per cubic meter ...

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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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Odessa cement plant and four others ordered to cut emissions

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A cement manufacturer has agreed to invest about $10 million to cut air pollution emissions at five of its plants in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas, federal officials said Wednesday. Under a consent decree, Cemex Inc. will pay a $1.69 million civil penalty and conduct energy audits at the five plants. It also will spend $150,000 ...

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Standing Rock Sioux sues Corps over oil pipeline permits

Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for a $3.8 billion pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Tribal officials filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps issued permits for the project on Tuesday. The Standing Rock tribe opposes the Dakota Access ...

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Wind, nuclear advance as NY moves ahead with energy plan

nuclear energy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state committed last year to generating half of its energy from renewable sources like wind and solar by the year 2030. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to do it. Several big decisions in the next few weeks could fill in some of the details about how the state will meet Gov. ...

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New Mexico permanent funds shrink amid energy bust

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rainy day funds overseen by the state of New Mexico have been drawn down by almost 2 percent during the past year as spending on public education and infrastructure projects outpaces investment income and revenues linked to the oil and natural gas industries. The New Mexico State Investment Council said Monday that assets declined by ...

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