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EPA Postpones Power Plant Emissions Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay new rules that would limit emissions of climate-warming gases from power plants. It's the second time this month the EPA has either withdrawn or postponed new pollution rules that industry didn't like.
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Redskins Make Play For Solar Power

The Redskins are pioneering a new green energy initiative, generating significant chunks of their power using new solar panels.

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Workers Start Dismantling Dams In Wash.

Work crews Thursday begin dismantling the two dams on the Elwha River, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. By some measures, this is the largest dam-removal project ever — and, at 210 feet, one of the dams is certainly the tallest dam ever taken down. The process is an extremely tricky one — in terms of engineering, ecology and politics — but environmentalists hope this project heralds the beginning of the end of the age of big dams in the American West. Those who like big dams, for economic reasons, worry about the same thing. Michele Norris talks with NPR's Martin Kaste.
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How Do U.S. Solar Companies Compare To China's?

Solyndra is just one of several American solar companies that have gone bankrupt this year. To get a sense of how the industry is doing overall — and whether it can hope to compete with Chinese solar companies — Melissa Block talks with David Baker, who covers energy for the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Blast At French Nuclear Waste Plant Leaves One Dead

An explosion at a nuclear waste processing plant in France has left one person dead and four others injured — one seriously. The French nuclear authority says the blast was contained within a furnace, and there is no leak of radioactive material. The plant, which lies about 25 miles north of Avignon, is not involved in electricity production and has no nuclear reactors.
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How One Mistake Can Leave Millions Without Power

San Diego's power company has restored power to all of its customers. Thursday afternoon, more than 4 million people in the Southwestern U.S. and parts of Mexico lost electricity. Arizona Public Service Company says the outage occurred after an electrical worker mistakenly removed a piece of monitoring equipment at a substation in southwest Arizona.
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Electric Grid Was Designed To Prevent Arizona Outage

But Thursday's power loss, which affected millions of customers in two states and Mexico, still happened — and it's not the first time a similar major blackout has occurred.

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