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Waste Not, Want Not: Town To Tap Sewers For Energy

Officials in Brainerd, Minn., say the sewers below the city streets are a huge potential source of energy that could be used for heating and cooling. A local company has devised a system to capture the energy, and city officials plan to hook up the police station by the end of the year.

Firm Blamed In The Costliest Onshore Oil Spill Ever

More than 800,000 gallons of crude oil gushed into wetlands and a creek in western Michigan in 2010 after a pipeline operated by the Canadian company Enbridge burst. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board says the company and the agency that regulates it are culpable.

Rising Shale Water Complicates Fracking Debate

Naturally polluted water from the Marcellus Shale can rise up through the natural-gas-rich rock formation to the surface. That means that water used in fracking potentially could, too. The water may be making its way up through natural fractures in the earth or old oil and gas wells.
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Frustration With Pepco Continues In Montgomery County

The president of the Montgomery County Council is frustrated with Pepco and wants to create a county-owned utility company.


Tell the World Your Big Idea With NPR's 'What's Your Big Idea?' Video Contest

Do you have a good idea? Something that could change the world? NPR wants to know. Our new "What's Your Big Idea?" video contest will showcase the big ideas of people ages 13 to 25. It's all part of our exploration of the process of innovation and invention. So, what's your big idea?
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FEMA To Monitor Nuclear Drills At Virginia Plant

Virginia emergency personnel and Dominion will respond to a simulated nuclear emergency this week at the North Anna Power Station.


Gridlock: Storms, Blackouts Expose Power Problems

Even before last weekend's storms killed at least 26 people and knocked out power to 3 million, engineers were worried about the nation's power grid. The American Society of Civil Engineers says unless $673 billion is invested in the grid, it could break down by 2020.