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  • House approves bill to tweak coal ash standards Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 6:54 PM ET

    David McKinley, R- W.Va., said it was needed because the EPA rule leaves open the possibility that coal ash could be designated as hazardous, creating uncertainty for industry. The White House said in its veto threat that the House bill would undermine public health and environmental protections provided by the EPA rule. The EPA rule "articulates clear and...

  • Las Vegas Sands misses Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 5:45 PM ET

    Still, Las Vegas Sands CEO and Chairman Sheldon Adelson called the quarterly results a solid set of financials considering the challenges the company has faced in Macau where a government corruption crackdown has led to a significant downturn in gambling in the Asian enclave. That train has left the station, "he said of competitors and what sets Las Vegas Sands...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast. "Without question, activities conducted offshore Alaska must be held to the highest safety, environmental protection and emergency response standards," said the bureau's director, Brian Salerno.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— A coalition of environmental groups is supporting Duke Energy's effort to dismiss part of long-running lawsuit over pollution leaking from the company's coal ash dumps. "It is good news that Duke Energy has now publicly committed to do the right thing at half of its coal plant sites in North Carolina. The seven plants that would be cleaned up under...

  • Prosecutors want guilty plea hearing for WVa exec in spill Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:08 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Federal prosecutors want a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply last year. In federal court in Charleston on Wednesday, prosecutors asked Judge Thomas Johnston to set the hearing for former Freedom Industries...

  • PARIS— The December climate change conference in Paris is the last chance for a meaningful agreement that would offer hope for a planet at risk due to greenhouse gases, U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said Wednesday. We are at five minutes to 12 and Paris is the 12 o'clock strike of the clock. " Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said recently that negotiations—...

  • DEERFIELD, Mass.— Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations that it violated the federal environmental laws at rail yards in western Massachusetts and Maine. The EPA announced the agreement Tuesday. The EPA says that if stormwater isn't properly controlled, there is risk it could run into waterways, cause habitat degradation and other...

  • *Greenpeace wants mining licence revoked. SYDNEY, July 22- India's Adani Mining said the latest suspension of work on its A $10 billion Carmichael coal mine in Australia was due to delays in government approvals for the project, which environmentalists say could damage the Great Barrier Reef. Output from the mine, one of a handful under development in the Galilee...

  • NEW YORK, July 22- In early Asian trading hours on Monday, when typically only tens of contracts of gold are traded, investors dumped more than $500 million worth of bullion in New York in four seconds, triggering the market's biggest rout in years. The sell-off began when one or more massive sell orders hit the price of gold on the CME Group's Comex futures in New York...

  • Adani suspends two Carmichael contractors - SMH report Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 10:40 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 22- India's Adani Mining has suspended two major contractors on its A $10 billion Carmichael coal project in Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday, raising fresh doubts about the project's future. Project manager Parsons Brinckerhoff and Korea's POSCO Engineering& Construction Co Ltd, which is also touted as an investor in...

  • GLEN FERRIS, W.Va.— CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. On Feb. 16, 27 cars of a CSX train's 109 cars derailed during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Under a March consent order with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the railroad agreed to a long-term...

  • VATICAN CITY— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the European Union on Tuesday for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigration, saying the EU must come up with a Europe- wide immigration policy or stop pretending it's a union. "As a proud Italian-American, I am deeply troubled by the lack of action by the European Union and the way that Italy has been left...

  • BRATTLEBORO, Vt.— State officials have decided to change plans for the disbursement of $10 million in economic development funds that will be used to help cushion the economic blow from the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Patricia Moulton, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, told The Rutland Herald the changes were...

  • Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or business, creating an enormous financial opportunity for the airlines. The number of passengers worldwide could more than double, to 7.3 billion a year, in the next two decades, according to the International Air Transport...

  • GIBRALTAR, Mich.— Michigan announced Tuesday that it is providing $2.2 million in incentives for an Ohio company's planned $53 million redevelopment of a former Detroit- area steel mill. It includes $1 million Clean Michigan Initiative Brownfield Redevelopment loan, $1 million Revitalization Revolving loan and $245,000 Clean Michigan Initiative grant.

  • VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis: Lots of hope Paris talks will end with ambitious deal to reduce global warming.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A plan to run a 1,000- megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key support in the Green Mountain State. Vermont officials and TDI New England CEO Donald Jessome said Tuesday the company had reached agreements with four state agencies, three towns and the state's...

  • PARIS— French President Francois Hollande is calling for an ambitious accord on the climate to address the threat of global warming. Hollande isn't at the Vatican climate conference, but he made the call at a Paris conference of religious and political leaders. Halfway through the year, 47 countries— out of 195 members of the U.N. climate talks— have presented...

  • The Latest: NYC mayor denounces EU over immigration Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 5:19 AM ET

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has denounced the European Union for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigrants coming from North Africa, saying the EU must come up with a Europe- wide immigration policy. De Blasio, whose grandparents emigrated from Italy to New York, said he was "deeply troubled by the lack of action by the European Union and the way that Italy...

  • BANGKOK— Plans to build an 800- megawatt coal power plant and seaport near some of Thailand's most popular beaches have sparked protests and a hunger strike by activists who say energy officials are pushing ahead with the project without considering its impact on the pristine environment that makes the area an international tourist escape.