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  • High court to review EPA mercury limits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs," wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that when the...

  • United Mine Workers responds to strike complaint Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— A Patriot Coal subsidiary used contract workers who violated safety standards at a Marion County mine, endangering union workers, according to court documents the union filed in a dispute with the company. The subsidiary, Eastern Associated Coal, sued after union workers walked off the job Oct. 17 at the Federal No. 2 mine about 25 miles west of...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • Wildlife land fracking could yield $6M, royalties Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A company has bid $6.2 million plus royalties to drill for natural gas and oil under state wildlife conservation land in Tyler County. Denver- based Antero Resources is offering to pay more than $12,000 an acre for fracking rights under Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area, state Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said. Houston- based Noble...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • BECKLEY, W.Va., Nov 20- A former chief executive of Massey Energy Co pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he violated federal mine safety laws before a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, the worst U.S. mine disaster in four decades. Donald Blankenship, who headed Massey from 2000 to 2010, was released on a $5 million cash bond after a hearing in...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Boston Scientific Corp was ordered Thursday to pay $18.5 million for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices, a plaintiffs' lawyer said, in the third courtroom loss for the company over the products. Jurors also said Boston Scientific had acted with "gross negligence" and awarded each woman $1 million in punitive damages, Monsour said.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Boston Scientific Corp was ordered Thursday to pay $18.5 million for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices, a plaintiffs' lawyer said, in the third courtroom loss for the company over the products. Jurors also said Boston Scientific had acted with "gross negligence" and awarded each woman $1 million in punitive damages, Monsour said.

  • Va. lawmakers concerned over proposed EPA rules Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    Lawmakers said the EPA's current target levels for emission cuts penalize Virginia for its robust nuclear energy production. The EPA has set a 2030 target of 810 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted per megawatt hour of electricity generated in Virginia, compared to 1,620 in West Virginia and 1,763 in Kentucky. Terry McAuliffe expressed similar concerns last...

  • Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:07 AM ET

    BECKLEY, W.Va.— Ex-coal company chief executive Don Blankenship pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and other charges in the deadliest U.S. mine accident in four decades. In April 2010, an explosion at the mine in Montcoal killed 29 men, and the indictment said Blankenship could have prevented most of the violations the mine was committing.

  • HOUSTON, Nov 19- Four workers who died on Saturday at a DuPont and Co plant in Texas were accidentally asphyxiated by chemicals, the coroner's office said on Wednesday, another finding that suggests the victims were not wearing full safety equipment. A DuPont spokesman declined to say if the victims were caught by surprise by the chemical or sent to repair a leak...

  • COLUMN-Keystone is dragging down the Democrats: Kemp Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- "Keystone" would be a fitting epitaph for Democratic lawmakers, who will lose their majority in the United States Senate in January 2015. Polls show majority support for the pipeline, especially among the white working class and union voters that used to be the bedrock of the Democratic Party but which it has increasingly lost to the Republicans in...

  • W.Va. unemployment rate falls slightly in October Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:36 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.5 percent in October. WorkForce West Virginia says that rate translates to 51,900 unemployed in the state, up 2,300 from a year ago. Since October 2013, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen by 12,700..

  • US Senate rejects Canada-Texas oil pipeline Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, and marked a severe blow to embattled Sen. The vote was one of the last acts of this Senate controlled...

  • Fracking to be permitted in GW National Forest Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    The decision was highly anticipated by environmentalists and the energy industry because about half of the George Washington National Forest sits atop the Marcellus shale formation, a vast underground deposit of natural gas that runs from upstate New York to West Virginia and yields more than $10 billion in gas a year. "We think we've ended up in a much better...

  • Federal gov't falls short on more health websites Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found that Medicare...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate on Monday scrambled to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes for Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A fifth worker was taken to an area hospital and...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 16- Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were headed on Sunday to a DuPont and Co plant in LaPorte, Texas, to begin a probe of a chemical leak that killed four workers. Two of the dead workers were identified as brothers Robert and Gilbert Tisnado, according to Houston television station KTRK. A DuPont representative was not immediately...