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Valley NG retires 1,069 MW of gas-fired steam capacity in Texas


Valley NG Power Co. LLC on July 2 asked the Public Utility Commission of Texas to let it drop its power generator registration, since effective June 3 all of its units have been retired.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds wind turbine rules


The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's wind turbine construction rules Tuesday, saying they're valid even though regulators didn't develop a report on how the regulations would affect the housing industry.

Critics: Dominion Virginia jumping gun on coal ash cleanup


Environmental and water protection groups say Dominion Virginia Power is jumping the gun on the closure of coal ash impoundments at a northern Virginia power plant and they're asking state and federal regulators to step in.

Virginia OKs $2.5M coal ash spill settlement with Duke


Virginia agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy for a February 2014 spill of coal ash in North Carolina that floated down the Dan River, depositing tons of the toxic stew into the city of Danville's waterfront and beyond.

Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan


A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.

New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations


The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

Duke Energy plans to dig up, move coal ash from most pits


Duke Energy plans to excavate and move coal ash from a dozen more waste ponds in North Carolina, the company said Tuesday, as it works to excavate or safely close pits seeping millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater each day.

NRC to increase oversight at Susquehanna nuclear power plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will increase oversight at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania as a result of a white, or low to moderate safety significance, inspection finding.

Japan OKs 40-year Fukushima cleanup plan despite unknowns


Japan has approved a revised 40-year roadmap to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, but many questions remain.

SONGS emergency preparedness plan exemptions approved


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved Southern California Edison (SCE)’s request to change its emergency preparedness plan for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California.

Colstrip gets new operator as PPL spins off Montana assets


The longtime operator of one of the largest coal-fueled power plants in the West completed a spin-off of assets Monday that include the 2,100-megawatt Colstrip plant in southeastern Montana.

Senator requests radar update to clear way for wind energy


U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is asking officials to update Air Force radar in Fossil because the current system is outdated and preventing the generation of nearly 4,000 megawatts of wind energy across eastern Oregon and Washington.

Only five of 99 nuclear units remain offline


As of early May 26, only five of the nation’s 99 nuclear power units were not generating power, another sign that the annual spring refueling and maintenance season is winding down.

Indian Point 3 returns to service following transformer fire


Indian Point Unit 3 in New York returned to service more than two weeks after a transformer failure and fire shut down the unit.

TVA seeks public comment for future coal ash storage at Bull Run


The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking for public input on plans to expand dry onsite storage of ash and other coal combustion products generated at Bull Run Fossil Plant.

Duke pleads guilty in federal court for coal ash crimes


Duke Energy pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to environmental crimes and agreed to pay $102 million in fines and restitution for illegally discharging pollution from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

NRC sets 2017 deadline for nuclear power plants’ earthquake risk analysis


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) set a June 2017 deadline for two nuclear power plants to conduct in-depth analyses of their updated earthquake risk.

Entergy continues to monitor oil leak at Indian Point nuclear power plant


Entergy (NYSE: ETR) said it continues to monitor and mitigate any impacts from an oil leak at the 2,000-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York.

Reactor at NY nuclear plant could be offline for weeks


A reactor at a nuclear power plant in the New York City suburbs may be offline for weeks because a transformer that failed over the weekend, sparking a fire and oil leak, must be replaced, officials said Monday.

Video: Oil leak at nuclear power plant follows transformer explosion


A transformer explosion at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York over the weekend leads to an oil leak in the nearby Hudson River.