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  • The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit orders the EPA to redo sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen-oxide standards for 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, that contribute to soot and smog along the East Coast. The April 2014 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration and capped a decades-long effort by the...

  • Among the challengers were coal company Peabody Energy Corp and utility American Electric Power Co Inc.. The appeals court ruled that the EPA would have to revise sulfur dioxide emissions budgets for four states and nitrogen oxide budgets for 11 because it had asked them to reduce their emissions by more than required. The EPA has "required states to reduce...

  • Damaged Shell icebreaker arrives in Oregon for repairs Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 2:06 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Environmental activists in Portland are protesting the arrival of the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project after it's repaired. The damaged ship, a 380- foot icebreaker, arrived at a Swan Island dry dock about 3 a.m. Saturday. Environmental groups had wanted the Obama administration to...

  • Waste Management tops Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 7:54 AM ET

    HOUSTON— Waste Management Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $274 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 63 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.29 billion.

  • July 15- Waste disposal company Stericycle Inc said it would buy privately held Shred-it International, a secure information destruction services provider, for $2.3 billion in cash.

  • July 3- About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on Friday as investigators looked into the cause of the fiery accident. Authorities were examining the black box from the CSX Corp train that derailed with one tank car bursting into flames at midnight...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to a sweeping U.S. air pollution regulation aimed primarily at curbing emissions of mercury from coal-fired power plants by ruling that the Obama administration wrongly failed to consider compliance costs. "EPA is disappointed that the court did not uphold the rule, but this rule was issued more than...

  • "EPA is disappointed that the court did not uphold the rule, but this rule was issued more than three years ago, investments have been made and most plants are already well on their way to compliance," the agency said in a statement. The EPA "remains committed to ensuring that appropriate standards are in place to protect the public from the significant amount of...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday invalidated a key Obama administration environmental regulation aimed at limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The court sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which will then ask the EPA to reconsider...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration should have considered costs when it issued a key environmental regulation to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

  • Moment of truth nears for nuclear waste time bomb Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    Finland and Sweden hope to be the first countries in the world to be able to put the most dangerous high-level waste into underground storage in the next decade, using a new technology to encase fuel rods and protect them from erosion. Finland stopped exporting spent fuel for reprocessing to the then Soviet Union in 1996, and does not accept imports.

  • SEATTLE, June 15- A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling rig that will search for oil in the Arctic pulled out of its temporary base in Seattle on Monday for the trip north to Alaska as dozens of activists in kayaks tried to stop its movement, authorities said. Greenpeace USA said the kayaks had slowed the rig's progress and that 13 protesters had been detained by the Coast...

  • June 11- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is...

  • June 11- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is...

  • CHICAGO, June 8- The death of more than 46 million chickens and turkeys in a bird flu outbreak is opening a rare fissure within the usually tight-knit U.S. poultry industry, pitting farmers with infected flocks against those who so far largely have sidestepped the worst outbreak in U.S. history. Hard-hit turkey producers in the Midwest say they will continue to...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- A second sea lion rescued from along California's oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara has died at SeaWorld San Diego, where veterinarians are still caring for 15 surviving marine mammals brought in for treatment, a spokesman said on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, 15 oil-contaminated California sea lions and two elephant seals had been brought...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore. Up to 2,500 barrels of petroleum, according to latest...

  • PARIS, April 27- The next generation of nuclear reactors being developed in countries such as France, Russia, China and Japan may not be safer than those being built today, French nuclear safety watchdog IRSN said on Monday. In a study of six future reactor designs being worked on by the U.S.-led " Generation IV International Forum", the IRSN said only the...

  • NOBLE ENERGY TO MAKE UPGRADES, FUND PROJECTS TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION IN COLORADO- U.S.

  • SEOUL, April 22- South Korea and the United States reached a deal on Wednesday to revise a 40- year-old civil nuclear pact that gives the Asian country limited freedom to produce fuel for power generation but continues to curb its ability to reprocess spent fuel. The deal paves the way for South Korea to enrich uranium to produce non-weapons grade nuclear fuel...