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explosion hits edf’s flamanville nuclear power plant in northern france


paris—a fire and a blast forced french state-controlled power utility electricite de france sa, or edf, to halt its flamanville nuclear power plant thursday morning, the company said. the fire and subsequent explosion happened in the “non-nuclear zone” of the plant, in northern france, and no one was hurt. the incident hasn’t done harm to the...






power plant restarted at california’s troubled oroville dam


sacramento, calif. (ap) — crews began restarting a power plant friday at the base of oroville dam, allowing them to release water from the northern california lake without having to send it over a badly damaged spillway, officials said.the move is a major milestone in the race to protect oroville and downstream communities from the threat of flooding, said bill croyle, acting director of the california department of water resources. weekend rain is expected to raise the water level about five feet, but it will still be nearly 50 feet below capacity, he said.several days of dry weather allowed construction crews to remove part of a massive debris pile that trapped water at the base of the dam, threatening to flood the hyatt power plant. waters levels dropped about 30 feet from their peak fr






feds seek ideas to keep coal-fired power plant on navajo land open


navajo generating station(photo: mark henle/the republic) 51 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreofficials met in washington, d.c., on wednesday to address a lease extension to avoid shutting down the navajo generating station this year and to potentially run it beyond 2019.the group acknowledged the difficult road ahead as utilities end their relationship with the embattled coal-burning power plant.the plant near page on the shore of lake powell is owned by four utilities and the federal bureau of reclamation. the utilities want to close or otherwise cut ties to the plant because it is cheaper for them to buy other sources of power, such as natural gas. the bureau of reclamation wants to keep it open, primarily because of the economic benefit to the navajo and hopi tribes.troubled navajo housing a






feds seek ideas to keep coal-fired power plant on navajo land open


navajo generating station(photo: mark henle/the republic) 66 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreofficials met in washington, d.c., on wednesday to address a lease extension to avoid shutting down the navajo generating station this year and to potentially run it beyond 2019.the group acknowledged the difficult road ahead as utilities end their relationship with the embattled coal-burning power plant.the plant near page on the shore of lake powell is owned by four utilities and the federal bureau of reclamation. the utilities want to close or otherwise cut ties to the plant because it is cheaper for them to buy other sources of power, such as natural gas. the bureau of reclamation wants to keep it open, primarily because of the economic benefit to the navajo and hopi tribes.troubled navajo housing a






feds seek ideas to keep coal-fired power plant on navajo land open


navajo generating station(photo: mark henle/the republic) 59 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreofficials met in washington, d.c., on wednesday to address a lease extension to avoid shutting down the navajo generating station this year and to potentially run it beyond 2019.the group acknowledged the difficult road ahead as utilities end their relationship with the embattled coal-burning power plant.the plant near page on the shore of lake powell is owned by four utilities and the federal bureau of reclamation. the utilities want to close or otherwise cut ties to the plant because it is cheaper for them to buy other sources of power, such as natural gas. the bureau of reclamation wants to keep it open, primarily because of the economic benefit to the navajo and hopi tribes.troubled navajo housing a






feds seek ideas to keep coal-fired power plant on navajo land open


navajo generating station(photo: mark henle/the republic) 50 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreofficials met in washington, d.c., on wednesday to address a lease extension to avoid shutting down the navajo generating station this year and to potentially run it beyond 2019.the group acknowledged the difficult road ahead as utilities end their relationship with the embattled coal-burning power plant.the plant near page on the shore of lake powell is owned by four utilities and the federal bureau of reclamation. the utilities want to close or otherwise cut ties to the plant because it is cheaper for them to buy other sources of power, such as natural gas. the bureau of reclamation wants to keep it open, primarily because of the economic benefit to the navajo and hopi tribes.troubled navajo housing a






dayton signs bill letting xcel build gas plant in becker


st. paul, minn. — gov. mark dayton has signed a bill allowing xcel energy to build a natural gas power plant in becker to make up for some of the capacity it loses when it retires two of its three coal-fired generators at its sherco power plant there.xcel and becker-area lawmakers say the gas plant will cushion the blow by preserving about 150 jobs and creating construction jobs.the bill signed tuesday lets xcel skip the normal route of needing to gain approval from the public utilities commission, which declined last year to commit to the natural gas plant when it approved xcel's plan to retire the two oldest coal units at sherco.critics called the legislation an end-run around the puc, and wanted regulators to require xcel to look at cleaner alternatives.






explosion hits edf’s flamanville nuclear power plant in northern france


paris—a fire and explosion forced french state-controlled utility electricité de france sa, or edf, to shut down one of the reactors of its flamanville nuclear power plant thursday morning, the company said.the fire and subsequent explosion happened in the “nonnuclear zone” of the plant, which is located in northern france on the english channel shore. the fire started in a room where a huge turbine transforms steam into...






blast in french nuclear plant's machine room; no radiation


paris — a fire led to a blast in the machine room of a nuclear power plant on france's northwest coast on thursday morning but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator edf said.edf said staff at the flamanville plant in normandy immediately brought the fire under control. the cause of the fire, in the no. 1 reactor building, was not immediately clear.the machine room housing turbines that produce electricity is a non-nuclear area of the plant. there was no radiation leak as a result of the fire or blast, edf said.edf said the plant's no. 1 reactor was subsequently disconnected from the grid — normal operating procedure in such circumstances.flamanville has two 1,300 megawatt reactors, the first in operation since 1985, and the second since 1986.






oroville dam power plant back online


oroville – the hyatt powerhouse under oroville dam went back online friday after removal of debris from the bottom of the main oroville dam spillway allowed the level of the diversion pool to be reduced.acting department of water resources director bill croyle said in a press conference at noon friday that two of the six turbines were in operation and that the power plant would be ramped up as the day went along. croyle said one of the six turbines is under maintenance.an estimated 1.7 million cubic-yards of debris piled up in the diversion pool after a gaping hole opened in the concrete floor of the spillway on feb. 7. the debris raised the water level of the pool high enough that the hydroelectric power plant couldn’t be used, so crews are working to clear a channel to lower the pool.if






in a first, japanese court blames government in fukushima disaster


tokyo—a court has found for the first time that the japanese government was negligent in the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant’s triple meltdown in march 2011 and owes damages to people who fled the radiation.the decision is a sign that compensation costs related to the accident will continue to weigh on both the government and plant operator tokyo electric power co. tepco has so far paid more than ¥7 trillion ($62 billion) in...






gm eliminating shift at michigan plant; 1,100 jobs affected


detroit — general motors co. is laying off 1,100 workers at an assembly plant in michigan.gm says it's ending the third shift at its lansing delta township plant because one of its products — the gmc acadia suv — is moving to spring hill, tennessee.the lansing plant will still have two shifts building the buick enclave and chevrolet traverse suvs.lansing's last day as a three-shift plant will be may 12.gm announced last spring that it would make the new acadia in tennessee. it has added a third shift and around 800 jobs to its plant in spring hill.






six years later, japan is still struggling to clean up fukushima


a couple look up the full moon as they visit arahama beach to offer prayers for victims killed by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in 11 march 2011 in sendai, miyagi prefecture, northern japan, march 11, 2017. japan marked the sixth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami devastating northern japan and fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant on march 11, 2017.(photo: kimimasa mayama, epa) 7 connectlinkedinemailmoresix years after the fukushima daiichi meltdown, officials are still seeking ways to deal with the huge amount of hazardous waste being generated at the nuclear power plant.tokyo-based journalist james simms has been covering the fukushima cleanup since shortly after the effort was crippled by a tsunami in march 2011.he told the world that six years on, there has been some






six years later, japan is still struggling to clean up fukushima


a couple look up the full moon as they visit arahama beach to offer prayers for victims killed by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in 11 march 2011 in sendai, miyagi prefecture, northern japan, march 11, 2017. japan marked the sixth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami devastating northern japan and fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant on march 11, 2017.(photo: kimimasa mayama, epa) 1 connectlinkedinemailmoresix years after the fukushima daiichi meltdown, officials are still seeking ways to deal with the huge amount of hazardous waste being generated at the nuclear power plant.tokyo-based journalist james simms has been covering the fukushima cleanup since shortly after the effort was crippled by a tsunami in march 2011.he told the world that six years on, there has been some






minnesota senate approves becker power plant


st. paul, minn. — the legislature moved thursday to sidestep utility regulators and approve a new xcel energy power plant in central minnesota.the natural gas-fired plant in becker is meant to offset losses from two coal-fired generators when they close in 2023 and 2026. the minnesota public utilities commission sidelined xcel's proposal in october. however, bills passed in both chambers of the legislature mean the plant can move forward without fulfilling the regulator's request to research renewable energy options.republican sen. andrew mathews of milaca, the bill's author, said the plant will solve long-standing power concerns that have been one of his community's top concerns. xcel will still be subject to oversight throughout the project, he said, which will include measures to make s






thai leader says impact of coal plant to be studied again


bangkok (ap) — thailand’s prime minister says the government will ensure that environmental and health impact studies for a coal power plant approved by its energy policy planning committee will be reconsidered, but made clear he expects the project to proceed.prime minister prayuth chan-ocha said tuesday that plans for the 800-megawatt coal power plant in the southern province of krabi would be reevaluated, as sought by protesters from the province, a popular seaside tourist destination. they said the existing assessments did not take into consideration their views about potential pollution.prayuth chaired the policy committee, which announced friday the go-ahead for the long-stalled project. he said tuesday the plant originally was expected to open by 2022, but redoing the assessments wo






top kansas court clears way for new coal-fired power plant


topeka, kan. — kansas' highest court on friday cleared a major obstacle to the long-delayed construction of a big, new coal-fired power plant, rejecting an effort by an environment group to force the state to regulate emissions linked to climate change.the state supreme court upheld a 2014 decision by the kansas department of health and environment to give sunflower electric power corp . the go-ahead for its $2.8 billion project. the utility wants to build an 895-megawatt plant adjacent to an existing one outside holcomb, in southwestern kansas.the sierra club sued, partly because the department didn't impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from the new plant. the group also argued that the agency didn't impose stringent enough standards for other pollutants, including mercury and nitro






after the sewage flood: cleaning up at west point treatment plant


it could be at least april before catastrophic damage to the west point treatment plant is repaired. meanwhile the plant’s wastewater treatment capacity is crippled.clouds of steam billow and swirl in the dark amid the roar of generators as workers aim a pressure washer at the walls in the west point treatment plant in a battle against filth.outside, atop a cherry picker, another worker trains 3,000 pounds per square inch of steam at the outside walls of sludge digesters that overflowed.“it was raining sludge,” said robert waddle, operations manager for the west point plant, which flooded with raw sewage and stormwater feb. 9 when a power outage caused pumps taking effluent from the plant to fail.as workers struggled to restart the pumps, the plant was swamping. by the time an automatic ga






vital power plant shut down after oroville spillway erosion could be tested frid


a power plant at the foot of the oroville dam, closed last month after a portion of the reservoir was overwhelmed by rising waters, could begin tests as early as friday in anticipation of reopening, state water officials said. the hyatt power plant, which provides drinking water and power and helps the department of water resources control water levels at the state’s second largest reservoir, has been offline since the emergency that led to evacuations.in a rapid chain of events in early february, powerful storms eroded the reservoir’s main flood control spillway, forcing its brief closure; that allowed the reservoir to reach capacity. when that happened, water poured over a concrete weir onto the reservoir’s emergency spillway – an unlined hillside – which quickly eroded to the point engi






nuclear plant explosion in flamanville, france caused by fire in machine room, n


paris -- a fire led to a blast in the machine room of a nuclear power plant on france’s northwest coast on thursday morning but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator edf said.edf said staff at the flamanville plant in normandy immediately brought the fire under control. the cause of the fire, in the no. 1 reactor building, was not immediately clear.general view of the machinery room inside the nuclear plant first section in flamanville, france, april 8, 2011. reuters the machine room housing turbines that produce electricity is a non-nuclear area of the plant. there was no radiation leak as a result of the fire or blast, edf said.edf said the plant’s no. 1 reactor was subsequently disconnected from the grid - normal operating procedure in such circumstances.flamanville has tw






california gym will welcome marijuana use during workouts


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 91 connect 5 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using mariju






california gym will welcome marijuana use during workouts


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 43 connect 4 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using mariju






world's first marijuana gym is in (where else?) california


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 265 connect 8 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using marij






world's first marijuana gym is in (where else?) california


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 258 connect 7 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using marij






world's first marijuana gym is in (where else?) california


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 208 connect 5 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using marij






world's first marijuana gym is in (where else?) california


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 245 connect 5 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using marij






world's first marijuana gym is in (where else?) california


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 228 connect 5 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using marij






world's first marijuana gym is in (where else?) california


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 155 connect 5 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using marij






world's first marijuana gym is in (where else?) california


power plant fitness encourages the use of edibles over vaping or smoking during workouts, but will allow clients to use marijuana how they wish in the gym. california currently prohibits public consumption.(photo: jakubzak, getty images/istockphoto) 128 connect 5 linkedinemailmorea san francisco gym slated to open this fall will encourage clients to use cannabis as part of their fitness routine.power plant fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym. a delivery service will bring desired edibles to the gym within 15 minutes after clients place orders, owner jim mcalpine told usa today. adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in california, but only dispensaries can sell it. using marij






emergency vote monday on speeding cleanup of sewage plant


king county council has scheduled an emergency vote monday to expedite the cleanup of a flooded wastewater-treatment plant that is dumping raw sewage into puget sound.the metropolitan king county council will take an emergency vote monday to expedite the clean up of a flooded wastewater-treatment plant that is dumping raw sewage into puget sound.the vote would allow the county to forego the traditional competitive-bidding process for contractors in the interest of time. the motion would extend a waiver of that process put in place by executive dow constantine shortly after the flood.“we need to restore the west point treatment plant to make sure it is fully operational,” said county council member jeanne kohl-welles, who is sponsoring the motion. “that is not the case now.”the west point t






emergency vote monday on speeding cleanup of sewage plant


king county council has scheduled an emergency vote monday to expedite the cleanup of a flooded wastewater-treatment plant that is dumping raw sewage into puget sound. the metropolitan king county council will take an emergency vote monday to expedite the clean up of a flooded wastewater-treatment plant that is dumping raw sewage into puget sound.the vote would allow the county to forego the traditional competitive-bidding process for contractors in the interest of time. the motion would extend a waiver of that process put in place by executive dow constantine shortly after the flood.“we need to restore the west point treatment plant to make sure it is fully operational,” said county council member jeanne kohl-welles, who is sponsoring the motion. “that is not the case now.”the west point






dayton signs law allowing xcel to build natural gas-fired plant in becker


gov. mark dayton signed a bill tuesday allowing xcel energy to build a large natural gas-fired power plant in sherburne county, without having to go the traditional route of gaining approval from minnesota utilities regulators.minneapolis-based xcel, the state’s largest electricity provider, wants to build a 786-megawatt generator in becker to partly replace power that will be lost when the company shutters its two big coal-fired plants there. a megawatt is a million watts.in october, the minnesota public utilities commission (puc) approved the closure of the two 680-megawatt coal generators, a landmark for reducing carbon emissions in minnesota.the puc at the time did not seem averse to a gas plant of some sort as a replacement, but it asked for more study of cost-effective renewable ener






potentially radioactive wild boars worry fukushima


hundreds of aggressive, and potentially radioactive, wild boars have prompted public safety concerns in japan, according to news reports, as homeowners prepare to return to towns near fukushima, where a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at a nuclear power plant in the region.six years after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, people from the region are preparing to return home, reported reuters. evacuation orders for parts of namie, a seaside town located just 2.5 miles from the nuclear plant, and three other towns will be lifted by the japanese government at the end of march, according to reuters.however, after the area was evacuated, wild boars moved in from the surrounding hills and forests. the animals,






dayton signs law allowing xcel to build natural gas-fired plant in becker


gov. mark dayton signed a bill tuesday allowing xcel energy to build a large natural gas-fired power plant in sherburne county, without having to go the traditional route of gaining approval from minnesota utilities regulators.minneapolis-based xcel, the state's largest electricity provider, wants to build a 786-megawatt generator in becker to partly replace power that will be lost when the company shutters its two big coal-fired plants there. a megawatt is a million watts.in october, the minnesota public utilities commission (puc) approved the closure of the two 680-megawatt coal generators, a landmark for reducing carbon emissions in minnesota.the puc at the time did not seem averse to a gas plant of some sort as a replacement, but it asked for more study of cost-effective renewable ener






the latest: patience still needed for work at oroville site


oroville, calif. — the latest on the damaged oroville dam in northern california (all times local):11:20 a.m.butte county sheriff kory honea says removing debris from the damaged spillway at the oroville dam will bring officials one step closer to restarting a power plant at the site.that in turn will help remove water in advance of the spring runoff.california water officials were slowing the release of water from the oroville dam monday to allow the power plant to start up again after it was shut down amid high water levels. a potential failure of an emergency spillway at the dam prompted authorities earlier this month to evacuate nearly 200,000 people.honea says the emergency isn't over yet, and he's asking the public to be patient.___7:30 a.m.california water authorities have started s






dayton signs law allowing xcel to build natural gas-fired plant in becker


gov. mark dayton tuesday signed a bill allowing xcel energy to build a large natural gas-fired power plant in sherburne county, without having to go the traditional route of gaining approval from minnesota utilities regulators.minneapolis-based xcel, the state's largest electricity provider, wants to build a 786-megawatt generator in becker to partly replace power that will be lost when the company shutters its two big coal-fired plants there. (a megawatt is a million watts.)in october, the minnesota public utilities commission (puc) approved the closure of the two 680-megawatt coal generators, a landmark for reducing carbon emissions in minnesota. the puc at the time did not seem averse to a gas plant of some sort as a replacement, but it asked for more study of cost-effective renewable e






water flowing through powerhouse again


oroville – as of deadline monday, water was running again through the hyatt powerhouse beneath oroville dam.water was sent through the hydroelectric power plant friday for the first time since feb. 10, but the flow was shut off about 10 a.m. saturday when department of water resources officials realized they needed a bigger channel through the debris at the base of the damaged main spillway for the powerhouse to operate at full capacity.the excavation continued day and night, and as of monday morning dwr said 427,000 cubic-yards had been removed from the pile initially estimated to include 1.7 million cubic-yards.the power plant flows were resumed about 6 p.m. sunday at a rate of 1,720 cubic-feet per second, through one of the six turbines.when the power plant is fully operational, it can






xcel unveils new phase of wind power construction, with huge plant in s.d.


xcel energy inc. will build its largest upper midwest wind project ever in eastern south dakota, the latest phase of a huge new wind power investment in minnesota and the dakotas.the minneapolis-based utility unveiled details of the wind plan thursday, which include three new projects, one each in minnesota, south dakota and western north dakota.the company’s planned crowned ridge wind project in codington county and two adjacent south dakota counties would have a power production capacity of 600 megawatts, the same amount as xcel’s planned rush creek development in colorado. rush creek, which has already been approved by colorado regulators, is currently xcel’s single largest wind project.the new south dakota wind plant “will be our biggest [wind] investment in the upper midwest,” said ch