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  • A sign warns against trespassing onto the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Three nuclear protesters, including an octogenarian nun, are scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, for their convictions for breaking into the facility and painting slogans on the outside wall of its uranium processing plant. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)

    Mushroom cloud of inaction: Nuclear agency slow to fix security lapses

    From the 2004 loss of security keys at the Los Alamos nuclear research lab to a Catholic nun's 2012 break-in at a similarly sensitive facility in Tennessee, the Energy Department's handling of nuclear materials has been plagued by security lapses. And there is little evidence that any lasting improvements are being made.

  • In this May 12, 2014 photo, molten metal is cast at Rochester Metal Products Corp. in Rochester, Ind. The hulking induction furnaces the plant uses to melt scrap iron consume enough electricity to power 7,000 households. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Cleaner air could mean higher electric bills

    Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.

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    Energy Department loan office under scrutiny

    The Energy Department's loan office — which came under fire for its handling of failed solar panel maker Solyndra — left a key oversight office understaffed for nearly a year, according to a recent government audit.

  • Kitty litter explored in nuke dump radiation leak

    A mysterious radiation release that has indefinitely shuttered the federal government's only permanent nuclear waste dump may have been caused by a change in the type of kitty litter that is mixed with the toxic waste.

  • Connecticut bans storage of gas drilling waste

    A last-minute tussle over eel fishing in Connecticut interfered briefly with legislation that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives halting the storage and disposal of waste from gas exploration.

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    DOE awards Chinese-backed firm $47M for $188M windmill project N.J. rejected twice

    New Jersey regulators rejected a Chinese-backed windmill project twice, but that didn't stop the Department of Energy. The federal government has awarded $47 million to sweeten the deal for a $188 million project the Garden State has deemed too risky for ratepayers.

  • US to build 2 gasoline reserves in Northeast

    The federal government offered New Yorkers smarting from Superstorm Sandy some hope Friday that they won't see a repeat of chronic gasoline shortages, announcing plans to create gas reserves to ease future weather-related disruptions.

  • FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., officially announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Denver Lumber Company in Denver. Gardner will run against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. The Senate race in Colorado has shot toward the top of the nation’s most competitive contests this midterm election year, giving the Democratic incumbent a tougher battle than he expected and Republicans a new pickup opportunity in their drive to win the chamber’s majority.  Udall responded to Gardner’s surprise challenge by quickly trying to define his opponent as an extremist.  (AP Photo/Chris Schneider, File)

    House panel approves bill to speed up U.S. gas exports

    A House panel Wednesday approved a bill to fast-track U.S. natural-gas exports as a way to lessen Russian influence over Ukraine and Europe, but the measure is exposing divisions within the Democratic Party and parts of America's business community.

  • Energy Secretary Moniz praises Oak Ridge projects

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz praised Department of Energy projects at Oak Ridge during a speech Friday at the University of Tennessee, saying they were central to America's science and economic competitiveness.

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