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  • "The NLRB's actions today will subject employers to increased uncertainty, liability for workplaces that they don't actually control, and ramped up pressure tactics to ease union organizing," said Glenn Spencer, a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Business groups have said such a ruling, which came in the case of waste management company...

  • NEW ORLEANS— The latest about a potential settlement of a lawsuit by environmental groups against a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups say they're pleased at the progress of talks with a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's too early to talk...

  • Business groups have said such a ruling, which came in the case of California waste management company Browning-Ferris Industries Inc, would discourage franchising and the use of staffing agencies and subcontractors, potentially killing jobs. It may also force franchisers such as McDonald's Corp to reconsider the way they do business.

  • Company: Settlement reached in lawsuit over Gulf oil leak Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:32 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium...

  • Lawmaker sees opening for appeal of $225M Exxon ruling Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 2:06 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— While a New Jersey judge approved the state's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil, he expressed concern over delayed cleanup at a polluted creek, which a state lawmaker says could open up a route to appeal the decision. Raymond Lesniak said he believes Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan's concerns could give him an opportunity to appeal the...

  • The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a joint resolution Monday to seek the money. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had pushed for 25 years to grant Superfund status to the Gold King mine and other idled 19th century mines leaking heavy metals above Silverton. Local authorities spurned federal intervention,...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— After originally seeking $8.9 billion, New Jersey's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil over dozens of polluted sites is a reasonable compromise considering the substantial legal risks the state faced, a judge ruled Tuesday in approving a deal that Gov. He noted that the settlement is on top of Exxon's responsibility to clean up the sites,...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Advocates pushing for General Electric Co. to extend its massive dredging of the upper Hudson River beyond this year are alarmed by the revelation that the company has begun winding down some operations at the plant processing contaminated river sediment. And some plumbing and electric work has been disconnected in areas of the plant no longer...

  • Amendments to China's 15- year old Air Pollution Law are expected to be approved this week by the National People's Congress, the country's parliament, and will make local governments directly responsible for failing to meet air quality targets. China's ruling Communist Party has acknowledged the damage that decades of untrammeled economic growth have...

  • Can Fukushima evacuees ever go home again? Saturday, 8 Aug 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    Some Japanese evacuees have cheered the chance to return to Fukushima, but many more have rejected it, The NY Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- The final version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, a major air pollution regulation aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants, is scheduled for release on Monday. However, in December 2011, the court did block an EPA air regulation to limit pollution crossing state lines. David Doniger, a lawyer with 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...

  • 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...