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  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Volkswagen says its quality control chief is leaving the company. Frank Tuch, 48, is being replaced as the company deals with a scandal over diesel vehicles equipped to cheat on emissions testing. Volkswagen is being sued by the U.S. Justice Department over some 600,000 vehicles that turned off emissions controls when not being tested.

  • MONTREAL/ WASHINGTON, Feb 7- Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday as global aviation leaders prepared to adopt new rules that could affect Boeing Co and Airbus Group's production of the largest jetliners and freighters. Proposals being debated in Montreal by the International Civil...

  • EDEN, N.C.— Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17- ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia- North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.

  • BOSTON— Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. Among several plans yet to secure final approval are the $1.4 billion Northern Pass project, designed to bring 1,090 megawatts of Hydro- Quebec power through New Hampshire into southern New England and a 1,000- megawatt transmission line beneath Lake Champlain...

  • BUCHANAN, N.Y.— An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, 40 miles north of Manhattan, reported on Friday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the...

  • ZAGREB, Feb 6- Croatia is unlikely to go ahead with plans to build a new coal-fired thermal plant in the northern Adriatic for which it entered partnership talks with Japan's Marubeni Corp, the environment minister said on Saturday. Such plants don't fit in, " Slaven Dobrovic said at an energy round-table in Zagreb. Croatia agreed early last year to begin talks with...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020. GOP lawmakers scoff at the science behind climate change and dismiss Obama's pleas for the issue to be dealt with urgently. Obama on Tuesday plans to send to Congress the spending blueprint...

  • Some of the metals reached the San Juan River, which the Animas joins in New Mexico, but most settled into the Animas riverbed before that, the EPA said in a preliminary report on the metals. The EPA said most of the metals consisted of small particles and came from Cement Creek, a tributary that carried the water from the mine to the Animas. An EPA- led cleanup crew...

  • Feb 5- New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action. It faces a U.S. ban on selling 2016 diesel models and is holding talks with California, which issued a separate ban, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to win...

  • New Jersey sues VW over excess diesel emissions Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 4:14 PM ET

    Feb 5- New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the third U.S. state to take legal action. It faces a U.S. ban on selling 2016 diesel models and is holding talks with California, which issued a separate ban, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to win approval...

  • Two compounds once used in nonstick cookware coatings, firefighting foam and other materials were detected in utilities serving about 69,000 people in the city of Fountain and an unincorporated community called Security-Widefield, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said. Officials at the communities' water districts said the chemicals would...

  • Bayer CropScience will instead ask for an administrative law hearing from the EPA's Office of General Counsel to review the registration of flubendiamide, the active ingredient in Bayer's Belt pesticide. The registration, granted in 2008, was a limited-time conditional registration that could be canceled if additional studies found the chemical to be...

  • Bayer CropScience will instead ask for an administrative law hearing from the EPA's Office of General Counsel to review the registration of flubendiamide, the active ingredient in Bayer's Belt pesticide. But the EPA's risk assessment disagreed so the agency sent Bayer the request on Jan. 29. After rejecting the EPA's request, Bayer now expects the agency to...

  • Raising revenue and spending money are powers reserved to Congress by the U.S. The president can propose but Congress decides. The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 requires the president to submit a unified budget to Congress each year.

  • LOS ANGELES— The top executive at the powerful California Coastal Commission defended his record on the job Friday as he faced an effort to oust him, a potential shake-up that environmentalists fear could unleash runaway development on the state's fabled coastline. In his first public remarks on a proposal to dismiss him next week, Executive Director Charles...

  • The German carmaker said Friday it would give new dates for the earnings release, formerly slated for March 10, and for its shareholder gathering originally set for April 21. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is suing the company in federal court over what it says were 600,000 such vehicles. U.S. law firm Jones Day is conducting an investigation into who...

  • *India needs to raise productivity, he adds. NEW DELHI, Feb 5- India needs more data before deciding whether to permit commercial growing of its first genetically modified food crop, its environment minister said on Friday, but indicated it would not stand "in the way of science" despite protests. India spends billions of dollars every year importing edible oils and...

  • Japanese volcano erupts near nuclear plant Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 6:05 AM ET
    An aerial view of Sakurajima taken in August 2015

    A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

  • Twenty-five officials will face prosecution over the blasts on suspicion of dereliction of duty, abuse of power and bribery, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the Supreme People's Procuratorate. An investigative team assembled by the State Council, China's Cabinet, said flames spread among stocks of nitrocellulose, a flammable compound used...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it. Johnston said there were millions more in claims against the company...