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  • LOS ANGELES, April 29- Dole Food Co Inc said on Friday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to packaged salad products from its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio. Thirty-three people in the United States and Canada fell ill in the outbreak from May 2015 to February 2016. Plant officials found...

  • Pennsylvania environmental regulators want to determine whether a series of minor earthquakes in the state this week were caused by nearby fracking operations by an oil and gas company. Five tiny temblors, all too weak to be felt by humans, took place in a 22- hour span in Lawrence County, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh and three-quarters of a mile from a...

  • WASHINGTON— An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected...

  • FRANKFURT, April 29- Thyssenkrupp's powerful labour chief warned its leaders not to go ahead with steel merger talks without consulting its works council first, saying steelworkers were ready to fight for their future. Segerath said he did not believe concrete talks were happening yet, and demanded that Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger explain to the...

  • HOUSTON— Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached. The coalition made up of ExxonMobil Corp. and other companies with nearby refineries and...

  • MUSLYUMOVO, Russia— At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60- year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. Worse, environmentalists say, is the facility's decades-old record of using the Arctic- bound waters of the Techa River to dump waste from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, hundreds of tons of which is...

  • The analysis by the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County found that greenhouse gas emissions— from facility operations to when the coal is burned in Asia— would increase by 2.5 million metric tons each year when the project is fully running. Other concerns include increased vessel traffic as 840 ships a year are added, and a potential for train...

  • NEW YORK— Two women who work in the advertising department at The New York Times have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper, its chief executive and chief revenue officer. The Times reported that in a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, account managers Ernestine Grant and Marjorie Walker claim the workplace is "rife...

  • While stressing there's no evidence the nagging fire has greatly spread, regional EPA chief Mark Hague told reporters on a conference call that Republic Services will install temperature monitors, as well as cooling loops or heat extractors designed to help control the fire's temperature. As part of the agreement, the EPA said, Republic must submit plans for...

  • LONDON, April 29- Electric utilities should undergo stress tests to show how their business models are in line with limiting global warming, a global network of investors said on Friday. In a guide published on Friday, a network of more than 270 institutional investors with assets worth more than 20 trillion euros said they were concerned that utilities'...

  • PARIS, April 28- Some cars on French roads do not meet carbon dioxide limits, but the French government said on Thursday it had not found any equipped with software to cheat pollution tests. French Ecology minister Segolene Royal ordered tests on a random sample of about 100 diesel cars last year after Germany's Volkswagen admitted that 11 million of its diesel...

  • BRIEF-FRENCH ENVIRONMENT MINISTER: GOVERNMENT EMISSIONS TESTS. FOUND' ANOMALIES' IN CARS BY 8 MANUFACTURERS- NIKKEI@' anomalies' in cars by 8 manufacturers- Nikkei@. *Carmakers with' anomalies' are Renault, Nissan, Fiat-Chrysler, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Opel and Ford- Nikkei.

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  • NEW CASTLE, Pa.— The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigation whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation. DEP spokeswoman Melanie Williams says Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at the Mahoning Township site on about noon Monday. A woman who answered the company's phone in...

  • CEO Matthias Mueller said he held a "two minute" conversation with the president during his visit to Hannover, Germany, this week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could levy fines of up to $18 billion, but analysts think the punishment will not be that drastic. Volkswagen seemed to endorse that view by saying it had set aside 7.0 billion euros globally for...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Two closely watched energy deals in Ohio allowing two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers cannot take effect until federal regulators approve them. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that the power purchase agreements filed separately by Akron- based FirstEnergy and...

  • Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday. Samples taken from surface waters affected by waste spills in recent years in the state's Bakken oilfield region turned up high levels of lead, ammonium,...

  • *Slow-growth environment makes capital flows fickle. LONDON, April 27- The healing of global markets in recent weeks mirrors a lull in government and central bank activism around the world- and it may take an even longer policy pause to prevent a relapse. As Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said on Tuesday: "As central bankers, we need to take market anxiety and...

  • DAYTON, Ohio— A $35 million facility at the University of Dayton in southwest Ohio will allow researchers to simulate various environmental conditions in different structures, including a two-story home and a grocery store. The Dayton Daily News reports the Helix Innovation Center officially opened Wednesday. Bill Bosway, an Emerson group vice president,...

  • *Nuclear commission proposes 6.1 billion euro surcharge. BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, April 27- German power firms will have to pay less for the storage of radioactive waste than investors had feared if the government accepts a recommendation from a panel that announced its decision on Wednesday after months of wrangling. The legacy costs stem from Germany's decision...