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A group of civic organizations is urging a Delaware state taskforce to speed up its decision on which new voting machines will be used in the future.

The coalition including the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state legislature has provided $15 to $20 million in funding for the new equipment in next year’s budget.

The First State began using voting machines in the mid- 1990’s and are among the oldest in the country.

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MINERAL, Va. (AP) - The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will issue a license for a third nuclear reactor at Dominion Energy's North Anna plant in Virginia.

NRC said in a statement Wednesday the commission found the staff's review of Dominion's application to be adequate to make the regulatory safety and environmental findings. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the State Corporation Commission hasn't yet approved the project.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Seven people were arrested during a protest of a trash-burning power plant in south Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports Tuesday's demonstration at the Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters was led by the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club and United Workers. The groups oppose the construction of the Fairfield Renewable Energy Power Plant.

Police didn't release the identities of those arrested or their charges.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Seventeen groups in Virginia and West Virginia are seeking a say on a 301-mile natural gas pipeline that would carve a path through both states.

The groups are seeking so-called intervenor status with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its review of the Mountain Valley pipeline.

The groups are opposed to the energy project, contending it would cause irreparable harm to the environment and private property. The groups include the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and Chesapeake Climate Action, among others.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two groups have gone to court to try to implement clean-air regulations they say are being blocked by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration.

The Sierra Club and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility filed a lawsuit Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. They argue the regulations against smog would protect the public by reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A coalition of environmental groups has filed a court challenge to new federal rules aimed at preventing accidents involving trains carrying oil and other flammable fuels.

The groups argue federal officials gave companies too much time to phase out railroad tank cars known to rupture during derailments. It also says the government has backtracked on earlier requirements for railroads to notify state officials about oil shipments.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several groups are set to rally at the State Capitol in Richmond in support of federal proposals for clean power.

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club says faith-based, public health, student and environmental groups are gathering on Wednesday.

The environmental organization says the groups are demanding action to dramatically scale up clean energy in Virginia.

The rally is scheduled to take place on the heels of a joint meeting of the Virginia House and Senate Commerce and Labor Committees on the Clean Power Plan.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland panel has given provisional approval to new protections against smog, but some environmental groups are not happy that a final vote has been delayed for a month.

The Air Quality Control Advisory Council on Monday gave preliminary approval to air quality protections submitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and Sierra Club are challenging how state environmental officials handled a recent public hearing regarding the Delaware City oil refinery.

The groups complained to the attorney general's office Tuesday about a June 4 hearing regarding the refinery's permit renewal application.