AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas judge who served on the state's highest criminal court has denounced President Donald Trump in announcing her decision to leave the Republican party.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department to look again at...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada congressman called for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's resignation Wednesday after the department acknowledged multiple shipments of low-level radioactive waste to a...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on shipments of low-level radioactive waste to Nevada that may have been mislabeled and out of regulatory compliance (all times local):
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor said Friday she's opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing "draconian" regulations on coal and oil, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered his agency to release more than four years' worth of data from air monitors near an Ohio school where trace amounts of...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry will lead a delegation to the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelenskiy's as Ukraine's next president.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured a site north of Las Vegas where the federal government is storing weapons-grade plutonium secretly shipped from South...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on a tour by Nevada's U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry of a site where the federal government handles weapons-grade plutonium shipped from South Carolina...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry plan to visit a site where the federal government is handling weapons-grade plutonium shipped to the state from South...
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has helped break ground on a new research facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada has displayed "remarkable" disregard for national security in its continued legal battle over the secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is pledging to expedite the removal of weapons-grade plutonium secretly hauled to Nevada last year as the state and Trump administration remain...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department is asking a federal judge in Reno to dismiss the state's lawsuit challenging plutonium shipments to Nevada, adding that the material at the storage...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The slow pace of cleaning up the nation's largest cache of radioactive waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons is frustrating Washington state officials from...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has approved seven applications for U.S. companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, the Energy Department said...
- Aiken StandardU.S. Rep. Joe Wilson rejects call for Energy Secretary Rick Perry's immediate resignationJuly 17, 2019
- Aiken StandardCongressman calls for Rick Perry's resignation after waste controversy, SRS shipmentsJuly 12, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanGovernor opposes radioactive waste storage in New MexicoJune 8, 2019
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The southern Nevada city of Henderson has joined the chorus of voices condemning the U.S. Energy Department's secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a federal site...
Perry defends plan for Nevada nuclear-waste storage site
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday defended the Trump administration's plans to collect and store nuclear waste from around the country in a site northwest of Las Vegas,...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Thirteen tribes in Nevada and western Utah are urging President Donald Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry to suspend any shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to a site north...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Friday that the Trump administration has finalized $3.7 billion in new loan guarantees to support completion of the first new U.S....
Energy secretary may speed plutonium removal from Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says Energy Secretary Rick Perry has committed to expediting the removal of weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped to a site in Nevada...
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says Energy Secretary Rick Perry has indicated a commitment to provide a timeline for removing secretly shipped plutonium out of...
Nevada Gov. Sisolak wants more plutonium answers from DOE
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak wants Energy Secretary Rick Perry to provide more details about the weapons-grade plutonium the government secretly shipped to Nevada and a full accounting of materials already stored there.
Sisolak wrote in a letter to Perry Wednesday that his "callous disregard" for Nevada's interests has endangered residents and "destroyed any semblance of trust" DOE may have developed previously.
Houston mayoral hopeful reports millions’ in artwork theft
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston mayoral candidate says millions of dollars' of art and jewelry have been stolen from his home, about a year after he alleged a woman caused $300,000 in damage to his art collection during a first date.
Houston police are investigating a reported burglary at Tony Buzbee's mansion in the city's River Oaks neighborhood.
Nevada senators want classified briefing on secret plutonium
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's U.S. senators are asking Energy Secretary Rick Perry for a classified briefing on the secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a nuclear security site north of Las Vegas.
Democrats Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen expressed their "continued outrage" over the Trump administration's handling of the radioactive material in a letter to Perry Friday.
Poland signs 20-year deal to buy natural gas from the US
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has signed a long-term deal with a U.S. company for supplies of liquefied natural gas as part of an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian energy, the two sides announced on Wednesday.
Port Arthur LNG, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, and Poland's state gas company PGNiG jointly announced the agreement for the sale of 2.7 billion cubic meters per year of gas to Poland over a 20-year period.
US says Europe needs diversity from Russian energy supplies
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies to cut its dependency on Russia, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday.
Perry, on a visit to Hungary, said that Russia needs to be prevented from using "energy as a coercive weapon," like when it sometimes temporarily cuts winter gas supplies affecting mostly eastern Europe.
Poland signs deal for long-term deliveries of US gas
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main gas company signed a long-term contract Thursday to receive deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the United States as part of a larger effort to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.
The state company PGNiG signed the 24-year deal with American supplier Cheniere during a ceremony in Warsaw attended by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Polish President Andrzej Duda.
How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry's keynote speech at the World Gas Conference in June opened with a marching band and ended with an exhibition by the Harlem Globetrotters. It was a spectacle befitting the industry symposium. "We're sharing our energy bounty with the world," Perry gushed from a stage at the Washington Convention Center.
US energy secretary: ‘Don’t mess with the United States’
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry backed up his agency's push to ramp up production of key components for the nuclear arsenal and bolster related research, saying the nation needs to guard against threats and provide a deterrent to conflict.
"The United States is going to have a robust, modern weapons program and we'll send a clear message: Don't mess with the United States," Perry said Tuesday following a tour of Sandia National Laboratories.
North Dakota coal industry seeks reliability compensation
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota coal council is seeking extra compensation from transmission operators for coal-fired power plants after federal regulators rejected a proposal that would've propped up the state's main power source.
US: Europe should cut dependence on Russia gas
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Europe should lessen its dependence on Russian gas and diversify energy sources, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday at a summit to improve ties between eastern Europe and the U.S. and the European Union.
Perry asserted that Europe's dependence on Russian gas has increased from 30 percent to 40 percent in recent years, calling it "a cause for concern."
US, EU and China vie for influence in Eastern Europe
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday reaffirmed Washington's support for a business summit that aims to boost connectivity in Eastern Europe and improve ties between the region and the U.S. and European Union.
US energy chief: sanctions possible on new Russia pipeline
MOSCOW (AP) — The United States could impose sanctions on a new Russia-Germany gas pipeline, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday during a visit to Moscow.
Asked whether sanctions on the undersea Nord Stream 2 pipeline are possible and if further energy-related sanctions are planned, Perry said: "Yes to your first question and yes to your second."
Romanian official: US can help Eastern EU members develop
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian official said Monday that the U.S. needs to have a strong presence in Eastern Europe before a summit on boosting development in the region.
Romania's presidency hosts the 12-member Three Seas Initiative on Sept. 17-18 where officials will discuss about 40 regional government-approved projects that aim to boost interconnectivity in transportation, energy and the digital fields.
Tweet of O’Rourke’s mugshot triggers social media sparring
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas Republican Party tweet recalling Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke's past arrests has triggered a partisan mugshot melee online.
The state GOP was chiding O'Rourke for failing to yet settle on dates for a series of debates with Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz when it tweeted an O'Rourke photo on Tuesday night that appeared to be a mugshot from a previous arrest.
US energy secretary: Mexico’s energy independence good goal
MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he supports the plans of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to increase the country's energy independence, even if it could mean fewer purchases from U.S. refineries.
The U.S. is opening new markets for its energy products daily and having Mexico develop its own energy resources will only benefit North America's economic security, Perry said.
Energy Transfer CEO considers Dakota Access expansion
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the natural gas company that developed the Dakota Access Pipeline is hoping to soon announce an expansion of the project.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican members of North Dakota's congressional delegation say U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to tour the state's biggest coal mine and adjacent power plant next week.
North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer say the former Texas governor is scheduled to tour North American Coal's Falkirk Mine and Great River Energy's Coal Creek power station near Underwood in west-central North Dakota.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department violated federal law when it tweeted about an opinion column by Energy Secretary Rick Perry urging repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law, a government watchdog said Thursday.
The Government Accountability Office said the July 2017 tweet was outside the scope of the agency's approved spending but did not violate a prohibition on grassroots lobbying or propaganda.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Members of Congress are set to tour next week the site of a dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain as they aim to restart a licensing process and eventually store nuclear waste there.
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Utah to get $140M for geothermal energy lab
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy will give the University of Utah up to $140 million to support a research laboratory studying manmade geothermal energy.
The department announced the five-year funding plan Thursday for the facility outside Milford, in Beaver County.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a news release that research at the site will help advance geothermal energy technologies and lead to more sources of American energy.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the proposed shutdown of a plant in South Carolina which would turn plutonium used in nuclear weapons into fuel for nuclear reactors.
U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs handed down the decision Thursday on the MOX Project at the Savannah River Site in Aiken County.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission has been tabbed to serve on the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee .
Brien Sheahan's appointment was announced Wednesday by Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday defended President Donald Trump's call to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants, saying a rash of plant retirements is "alarming" and poses a looming crisis for the nation's power grid.
Experts disagree and say Trump is attempting to solve a problem that doesn't exist.