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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan will survive despite the Supreme Court's decision this week to stay a rule on cutting carbon emissions from electricity generators, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.

  • The Department of Environmental Conservation sent a letter to New Jersey- based Honeywell International and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, part of a Paris- based global conglomerate, demanding that they enter into binding consent orders to finance a state Superfund cleanup launched four weeks ago in Hoosick Falls, a small village on the Vermont border.

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    CNBC's Dina Gusovsky reports on how China's pollution problems are wreaking havoc on its people and its economy.

  • Dennis Farrell also was fined $20,000 in U.S. District Court. The January 2014 spill of a coal-cleaning agent into the Elk River in Charleston got into a water company's intake and prompted a tap-water ban in nine counties for up to 10 days. Judge Thomas Johnston noted after environmental regulators intervened and plans were put in place for spill-prevention...

  • *Rubbish rots, water contaminated as budgets cut. LUANDA, Feb 11- When a plunge in oil prices prompted Angola's government to slash public spending last year, street trader Antonio Simao Baptista had no idea it would leave his rundown suburb overwhelmed by filth and disease. The budget of Africa's second largest oil exporter has been cut again this year and is 40...

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  • WASHINGTON— Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. The White House said President Barack Obama will sign it. Since 1998 in the Internet's early days, Congress has passed a...

  • MORRO BAY, Calif.— The Latest on the leadership shakeup of the powerful California Coastal Commission:. The 7-5 vote by the California Coastal Commission came after an impassioned hearing of nearly 12 hours Wednesday in Morro Bay that ended in the ouster of Executive Director Charles Lester. The 12- member California Coastal Commission is expected to consider...

  • Powerful California coastal panel ousts top executive Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 12:22 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner workings of government. The California Coastal Commission voted 7-5...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The White House vowed Wednesday that the United States would still meet international commitments to cut carbon emissions, seeking to allay concerns that the Supreme Court might take away one of its main weapons against climate change. And White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the administration has an array of tools available to reduce...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The U.S. power sector's shift toward burning less coal and using more natural gas and renewable energy will not be derailed by the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration's limits on carbon emissions, state regulators and utilities said on Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Tuesday to block the Environmental...

  • The challengers say the EPA has no authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to expand its regulation of power plants outside the facilities themselves. Jeff Holmstead, a lawyer representing the coal industry in the legal challenge, said that the provision of the Clean Air Act the EPA is focusing on has only been used previously to set air pollution standards for...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 10- Bankrupt coal miner Arch Coal Inc has reached a deal with the state of Wyoming that will provide it with temporary relief from liability for millions of dollars in future cleanup costs for coal mines, according to court documents. Arch said in a court filing that the state of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality have agreed...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast. In its proposed budget for 2017, the White House said Tuesday that it wanted to repeal a 2006 provision that establishes a formula for sharing revenues...

  • Wyoming, Arch Coal reach bankruptcy bonding deal Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:49 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming regulators have reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company's $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Among Arch's two active mines in Wyoming is Black Thunder, one of the world's largest coal complexes. For years, an ongoing agreement...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Latest on a proposal by the powerful California Coastal Commission to fire its top executive. Hundreds of people packed a meeting Wednesday of the 12- member California Coastal Commission, which is considering whether to replace Executive Director Charles Lester. The 12- member California Coastal Commission is expected to consider the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement. They are concerned that any significant pause in implementing mandated reductions in carbon dioxide...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The American Fuel& Petrochemical Manufacturers said on Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. environment regulator's biofuels policy, the latest industry body to join a legal battle over the controversial program. The organization, which represents oil companies, said the petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals is targeting the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The White House promised on Wednesday that it would be able to uphold U.S. commitments to an international climate change agreement, as a court ruling heightened concerns about the stability of the global carbon reduction pact reached last year. While the Clean Power Plan was expected to be the main tool for the United States to fulfill its...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions failed to give a sustained boost to shares of the long-battered coal sector on Wednesday. After initially trading higher, Consol Energy Inc stock slipped 2.3 percent, and Peabody Energy Corp fell 0.9 percent. The states, led by coal producer West...