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  • The justices opted not to hear the states' appeal of a December U.S. appeals court decision allowing the mercury rules to remain intact while the administration responded to last year's Supreme Court ruling that the government should have considered the compliance costs when crafting the regulations. Monday's action marked the second time this year the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 13- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that left in place Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants while the Environmental Protection Agency revised them. The justices opted not to hear an appeal by 20 states led by Michigan of a December...

  • WASHINGTON, June 13- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that left in place Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants while the Environmental Protection Agency revised them. The justices opted not to hear an appeal by 20 states led by Michigan of a December...

  • LONDON, June 9- Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths and represent an economic cost of around $2.6 trillion a year by 2060 unless action is taken, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said in a report released on Thursday. The OECD examined the economic consequences of air pollution and found that it could cost...

  • WASHINGTON, D.C., June 7- A California waste management company at the center of a closely watched case told a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday that the new U.S. labor board standard for "joint employment" is so broad and vague that it makes it impossible for employers to structure their business relationships with contractors. Browning-Ferris Industries, a...

  • The business of cleaning up

    CNBC's Mary Thompson looks at the dirty job of cleaning up around the country and how jobs are growing in the environmental engineering industry.

  • Where the jobs are: Environmental engineering

    Those in the business of cleaning up are cleaning up when it comes to job opportunities, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson.

  • BERLIN, April 27- German utilities will be asked to pay 23.3 billion euros into a state fund to cover the costs of nuclear waste storage, members of a nuclear commission tasked with securing funds for the country's nuclear exit said on Wednesday. The funds would be transferred in cash, senior commission member Juergen Trittin said during a news conference to...

  • *At the lower end of a 6 bln- 18 bln euro range. Utilities will be asked to pay 23.3 billion euros into a state fund to cover the costs of nuclear waste storage, members of a commission tasked with securing funds needed for Germany's nuclear exit told Reuters on Wednesday. In exchange, Germany's "big four" energy firms- E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall- will be able to shake off...

  • *At the lower end of a 6- 18 billion euro range. This would be a surcharge of about 6 billion euros on 17.2 billion euros in storage provisions that Germany's big four utilities- E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall- have set aside so far. Shares in E.ON and RWE rose on the news and were up 3.1 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively as the surcharge is at the lower end of a 6- 18 billion...

  • BERLIN, April 26- German utilities should be allowed more time to pay a surcharge of some 7 billion euros for the storage of nuclear waste from decommissioned plants, a member of the nuclear commission said on Tuesday. "Our proposal is that the utilities pay the surcharge when they start making money again," Juergen Trittin, a co-head of the government-appointed...

  • BERLIN, April 26- German utilities should be allowed more time to pay a surcharge of some 7 billion euros for the storage of nuclear waste from decommissioned plants, a member of the nuclear commission said on Tuesday. "Our proposal is that the utilities pay the surcharge when they start making money again," Juergen Trittin, a co-head of the government-appointed...

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- A group of 66 companies have agreed to clean up contaminated groundwater at a Superfund site in Whittier, California, the U.S. government announced on Wednesday. The settlement requires the companies to spend an estimated $70 million to install wells and operate a groundwater treatment system at the Omega Chemical Corporation site, the...

  • Making money from waste

    Tom Szaky, CEO and Founder of TerraCycle, Inc., talks about the costs of recycling and waste management, as well as his goal to recycle just about everything.

  • *Brussels bombers at first eyed nuclear plant- media. PARIS/ FRANKFURT, March 30- Metre-thick concrete walls and 1950 s-style analog control rooms help protect nuclear plants from bomb attacks and computer hackers, but Islamist militants are turning their attention to the atomic industry's weak spots, security experts say. Concerns about nuclear terrorism...

  • SHANGHAI, March 23- The World Bank has approved a $500 million loan to China to support financing of projects to help control air pollution in and around Beijing. The money will help companies in Beijing, Hebei, Tianjin and neighbouring areas that are taking action to tackle air pollution under a prevention and control plan adopted by China's cabinet, the State...

  • MEXICO CITY, March 16- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday urged state and federal authorities to take measures to control air pollution, after the government declared an environmental emergency earlier this week due to severe air contamination. The government of Mexico City, which is home to over 20 million people, driving five million cars,...

  • Chief Justice John Roberts denied a petition made last week by the states, led by Michigan, to put the rule on hold after a federal appeals court decided in December to leave it intact while the EPA reassessed costs of implementing the regulation. The Supreme Court ruled last June that the EPA should have considered compliance costs when it decided to limit...

  • BRASILIA/ RIO DE JANEIRO March 2- Mining company Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton and Vale SA, reached a deal with the Brazilian government on Wednesday to pay an estimated 20 billion reais in damages over 15 years for a deadly dam spill in November. Considered Brazil's worst environmental disaster, the burst tailings dam in the state of Minas Gerais killed 19...

  • BRASILIA/ RIO DE JANEIRO March 2- Mining company Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton and Vale SA, reached a deal with the Brazilian government on Wednesday to pay an estimated 20 billion reais in damages over 15 years for a deadly dam spill in November. Considered Brazil's worst environmental disaster, the burst tailings dam in the state of Minas Gerais killed 19...