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  1. TVA Fined for Fire Violations at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

    By Editors of Power Engineering Federal regulators have fined the Tennessee Valley Authority for failing to maintain adequate fire watches at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant. An NRC investigation found that five contract workers failed to conduct roving fire watch patrols as required under federal regulations for the nuclear plant near Athens, Alabama, the Times Free Press reported. Fire watch patrols were required as a compensatory measure for fire protection equipment that was out of service at the time. Steve Bono, site director for Browns Ferry, said TVA accepts full responsibility for the violations and plans to pay the fine. The workers involved in the failure were dismissed, fire safety training and record keeping has been improved and fire systems at Browns Ferry have been upgraded. A 1975 fire at Browns Ferry , sparked when a worker using a candle to search for air leaks set a cable seal on fire, is regarded as one of the worst nuclear plant fires in U.S. history. 

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  2. BLM final rule aims to curb venting, flaring on onshore federal lands

    The US Bureau of Land Management issued a final rule aimed at reducing releases of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on onshore public and Indian tribal lands. Oil and gas associations were immediately critical. Two groups even sued in federal court, charging that the rule ...

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    Wed, 16 Nov 2016

  3. PPL on track to spend more than $1 billion on power grid upgrades

    PPL on Nov. 1 announced 3Q16 reported earnings (GAAP) of $473 million, or 69 cents per share, an increase from 3Q15 reported earnings of $393 million, or 58 cents per share

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  4. Officials shoot at drone during weekend of oil pipeline protests

    Law enforcement officials fired at an unmanned aircraft and a group of Dakota Access pipeline opponents twice blocked a North Dakota state highway Sunday, capping a weekend of protests.

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    Mon, 24 Oct 2016

  1. Stronger federal oversight of gas storage essential, US House panel told

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    Fri, 26 Feb 2016

  2. Clean Power Plan can proceed pending review

    In what environmentalists hailed as a victory for efforts to curb climate change, an appeals panel in Washington on Jan. 21 rebuffed efforts to delay enforcement of President Barack Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions until legal challenges are resolved. 

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    Fri, 22 Jan 2016

  3. Clean Power Plan to proceed pending legal review

    Under the Clean Air Act, certain challenges to new EPA rules skip the federal district court and go directly to the appeals court

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    Fri, 22 Jan 2016

  4. Coal News: Environmentalists, utilities eye Richmond coal ash trial

    An upcoming federal court ruling in Virginia could have far-reaching effects on how energy companies dispose of coal ash waste left over from decades of burning coal. Spurred by high-profile coal ash spills and new federal regulations , utilities are grappling with the disposal of vast amounts of ...

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  5. After Calif. leak, feds seek to curtail natural gas blowouts

    A year after a blowout at a natural gas well near Los Angeles spewed tons of natural gas and drove thousands from their homes, a federal task force is recommending dozens of safety changes for the nation's 400 underground natural gas storage wells.

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    Tue, 18 Oct 2016

  6. PHMSA orders Colonial to shut Line No. 1 down, prepare restart plan

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered Colonial Pipeline Co., Alpharetta, Ga., to shut down a segment of its Line No. 1 near Helena, Ala., a week after a gasoline leak was detected there. The US Department of Transportation agency’s Sept. 16 corrective action order ...

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  7. Duke Energy Ohio modifies design and identifies preferred route for natural gas pipeline

    The proposed natural gas pipeline would have a 20-inch diameter and operate at approximately 400 pounds per square inch, compared with the original design, which called for a 30-inch pipe with an operating pressure of approximately 600 psi.

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  8. EPA, states urged to defer more methane rules until EPA’s ICR ends

    The US Environmental Protection Agency and states should not impose more methane control regulations and guidelines on the domestic oil and gas industry until EPA completes its Oil and Gas Information Collection Request (ICR) and subsequent analyses, an American Petroleum Institute official ...

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    Thu, 20 Oct 2016

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