| Aug 26, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Maryland is failing to deal squarely with the problem of carbon emissions from electricity production. Given growing public concern about climate change, a fundamental change in our energy policy should be to reduce the burning of fossil fuels and...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 6:03 PM
The U.S. Labor Department ordered the reinstatement of an environmental specialist at the former nuclear weapons complex at Hanford, Wash., saying she had been wrongfully fired.
Shelly Doss, an employee of Washington River Protection Solutions, was...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Last week there was a gas leak on Solomon's Island. The authorities didn't shut down the island and evacuate residents because it was believed driving by the leak could be more harmful that staying put.
In nearby Lusby, Dominion has plans to expand...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 4:27 PM
A Calvert County circuit judge has overturned the Southern Maryland county's decision to exempt the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility from local zoning regulations. It's not clear, however, whether the decision affects plans for...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:21 AM
As a series of policy meetings kicks off Monday in Chicago to begin hashing out a plan to cut carbon emissions in Illinois, Chicago-based Exelon is busy pulling political strings to ensure it is rewarded financially for its nuclear power plants, which...
| Aug 8, 2014
"I have let loose enough information in my letters it seems to isolate a grain of sand in a bucket."
— From an anonymous letter George Metesky sent to a newspaper in 1956
As editor of "Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research," I had asked...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 3:52 PM
The operators of Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant have been cited for a miscalculation that federal safety inspectors said might have triggered an unnecessary evacuation or other emergency response to an insignificant radiation leak.
| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:53 PM
Recent years have not been kind to the California Public Utilities Commission.
Two high-profile disasters—the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, which killed eight, and the shutdown last year of the San Onofre nuclear power plant—have...
| Jul 13, 2014
Developers haven't built a new power plant of any significance in Maryland for over a decade — one reason the state imports more electricity than almost any other in the country, racking up extra charges for consumers.
But change is coming.
| Jun 24, 2014
| 2:37 PM
Monday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake turned out to be too deep to cause a tsunami on the West Coast of the United States.
But seismic experts have long warned that a massive quake in Alaska could cause damaging wave activity along the California coast....
| Jun 27, 2014
| 10:05 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said he will sign legislation Saturday to free up $30 million for the purchase of solar energy for Illinois electricity customers, a move expected to help the state catch up on its lagging renewable energy goals.