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  • Nebraska wastewater well wins approval despite opposition Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:15 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— State regulators approved a disposal well Wednesday that would allow a Colorado energy company to discard oil and natural gas wastewater underground in northwest Nebraska— a project that's drawn more opposition from landowners and environmental groups than similar past plans. While Nebraska already has 121 active saltwater disposal wells,...

  • NEW YORK— A clean-water advocate took an Earth Day swim in the polluted Gowanus Canal, a federal Superfund site. yelled Christopher Swain, wearing a yellow-and-black protective suit and a green swim cap as he crossed a railing into the water near a sewage discharge point in Brooklyn, where a sign warns people to stay out of the water. "I've patiently waited for this...

  • April 22- Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. Under a consent decree made public on Wednesday, Exxon will pay $4.19 million...

  • California officials propose higher rates for some Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:06 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California households that use the least electricity would start paying more for it, under a proposal put before state utility regulators on Tuesday intended to bring the prices charged for electricity more in line with its actual costs. "Conservation efforts are going to struggle... and families in California who can least afford to see their...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals. A state law passed after last year's massive spill into the Dan River required wells within 1,000 feet of Duke's 32 coal ash dumps across the state to be...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine fishmonger Glen Libby made a disheartening discovery on Easter Sunday brunch— the cold water shrimp on the menu at a restaurant up the street from his fish market were from Canada, not the northeastern New England states. Canadian imports of the sweet, quarter-sized crustaceans are turning up more in American restaurants and seafood...

  • TORONTO, April 17- Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said on Friday he expects all of Canada's major pension funds to be interested in a stake of Hydro One as the province prepares to sell off 60 percent of the provincial electricity transmission utility. "It's going to be one of the largest companies in Canada on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and there is huge...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 16- California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year. Brown, a Democrat, met Thursday with representatives from businesses that would be affected by...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.— Amid reports Volvo may be looking at South Carolina to build a new plant, Berkeley County has applied for a permit to fill wetlands and clear land for a manufacturing operation expected to employ 4,000 workers within a decade. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a public notice...

  • And there's no end in sight for Taylor Energy Company's decade-old oil leak off the coast of Louisiana. —A drilling platform owned by Taylor Energy stood roughly 10 miles off Louisiana's coast in approximately 475 feet of water before it was toppled by an underwater mudslide during Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. —BP was drilling in mile-deep water when its...

  • BEIJING, April 16- China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country's water supply. The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its "war on pollution" after years of industrial development that have left...

  • California water wars: Farms vs. everybody else Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    Signs referring to the water shortage in Kettleman, California's Central Valley.

    California has the most people and the biggest farm economy, but an epic drought is turning the two against each other.

  • Thirsty? 'Toilet to tap' gets real in California Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 1:43 PM ET
    Purified water after processing at the Orange County Water District

    Communities in the Golden State are expanding water recycling programs, and support for “toilet to tap” programs is growing.

  • Correction: Japan-Nuclear-Flawed Cleanup story Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:56 AM ET

    TOKYO— In a March 24 story about flawed projects at the Fukushima nuclear plant, The Associated Press reported that a 32 billion yen machine made by Areva SA to remove radioactive cesium from water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant lasted just three months. The story should have specified that the 32 billion yen cost also covered related equipment and...

  • It's not just farmers: Weather worries big firms Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:44 PM ET
    Air pollution

    While there's much focus on the California drought and farmers, large global companies are managing for climate risks.

  • Worst drought in history? Not close, California Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Joe Del Bosque, president of Del Bosque Farms, picks an asparagus stalk in Firebaugh, California, April 6, 2015.

    Scientists say in the more ancient past, California had droughts for decades or even centuries. New York Times reports.

  • LOS ANGELES— Water deliveries to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people in Southern California could be curtailed under a plan proposed by one of the state's largest water wholesalers amid severe drought. The district serves parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

  • How to fix California's drought problem Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    Sun Valley water cisterns.

    California has enough water—that's not the problem, says Terry Tamminen. So here's how you solve the drought crisis.

  • KATHMANDU, April 13- Nepal's investment board on Monday cleared China's Three Gorges International Corp to build a long-delayed $1.6 billion new hydropower project, the single biggest foreign investment in the Himalayan country. The dam, to be built on the West Seti river in northwest Nepal, will generate 750 megawatts of power when complete, board official...

  • CAIMANES, Chile, April 12- Alvaro Badillo remembers a time when his dad would take him fishing in the stream just a stone's throw away from the dusty streets of their small hometown of Caimanes in central Chile. It is the tailings dam for Los Pelambres, Chilean miner Antofagasta Plc's flagship copper mine, which holds enough leftover processed rock to fill some...