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Development Plans for Mormon Cattle Ranch Stirs Controversy

By Mike Schneider DESERET RANCH, Fla. (AP) — Under one of the biggest land development plans ever proposed in Florida, a tract more than six times the size of Manhattan could be transformed from a home for cows and alligators into new housing developments for half a million people. Over the next six decades, the […]

EPA Pushes for ‘Smart Thermostats’ As Way to Limit Pollution

By Jason Keyser CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled “smart thermostats” as a way to limit carbon pollution and improve public health. Besides noting the devices save consumers money, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy cast the technology in grander terms, saying […]

Modular Plastic Cooling Towers Facilitate Increased Manufacturing Capacity

Replacing a failing galvanized cooling tower with a high-efficiency plastic system enables wire manufacturer to dramatically increase manufacturing capacity Cooling towers, used to reduce the heat of circulating water used to cool industrial processes and HVAC systems throughout the world, have undergone substantial design changes over the years. This is particularly noticeable with the introduction […]

Crews To Begin Hunt For Leak Near Sunken Barge in Lake Erie

By John Seewer TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Underwater contractors are being sent to Lake Erie to search for the source of what appears to be a petroleum leak coming from a century-old sunken barge recently found in the water near the U.S.-Canadian border, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday. Shipwreck hunters think the leaking solvent […]

In New England, Low Heating Oil Prices Buy Some Time

By David Sharp PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England is getting another break on heating oil prices this winter, with potential savings of hundreds of dollars per customer, providing breathing room for a region with some of the nation’s highest energy costs. But some officials worry lower prices will lead to complacency on efforts to […]