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  • UPDATE 1-Sodexo keeps goals after H1 profit rises Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    PARIS, April 16- French catering, facilities management and vouchers group Sodexo kept its full-year goals on Thursday after operating profit rose 8.6 percent in the first half, helped by cost cuts and new contracts in North America and emerging economies. Sodexo, which manages canteens and facilities for office workers, armed forces, schools, hospitals and...

  • VANCOUVER, April 10- British Columbian officials on Friday criticized the Canadian government's response to an oil spill in the waters around Vancouver, calling into question plans for new crude oil export pipelines in the Pacific Coast province. They said the federal agency failed to notify the cities of Vancouver and West Vancouver until early Thursday,...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Wednesday as it weighed whether the Obama administration had to consider costs before deciding whether to regulate emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. Justice Anthony Kennedy could be a possible swing vote on the nine-justice...

  • SUPREME COURT APPEARS CLOSELY DIVIDED OVER INDUSTRY CHALLENGE TO OBAMA MERCURY AIR POLLUTION RULE.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The nine justices are due to hear a 90- minute oral argument on...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. It is being targeted by Michigan and 20 other states in...

  • WASHINGTON, March 12- Exide Technologies has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of hazardous waste. As part of a deal reached late Wednesday with the U.S. Attorney's Office in California's central district, Exide also...

  • WASHINGTON, March 12- Exide Technologies has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of hazardous waste. As part of the agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in California, which was made public on Thursday, Exide will "immediately and permanently cease operations"...

  • BEIJING, March 6- China will reduce coal consumption and boost energy efficiency as part of efforts to lessen air pollution, according to an action plan released by the government on Friday. The coal-dominated energy mix in China has been identified as a major cause of the hazardous smog that frequently shrouds cities such as Beijing and Shanghai as well as a...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- A cleanup was continuing in the Kanawha River in West Virginia on Sunday after an oil spill last week following the derailment of a CSX Corp train, though drinking water was not affected, the company and federal officials said. Twenty seven of the train's 109 cars carrying 3.1 million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota to Virginia came off the...

  • More than 170 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California at Los Angeles hospital system, UCLA officials said. The UCLA hospital system said an internal investigation determined in late January that CRE may have been...

  • The 179 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California, Los Angeles, hospital system, UCLA officials said. "The two scopes involved with the infection were immediately removed, and UCLA is now utilizing a decontamination process...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The world's oceans are clogged with plastic debris, but how much of it finds its way into the seas annually? China was responsible for the most ocean plastic pollution per year with an estimated 2.4 million tons, about 30 percent of the global total, followed by Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Egypt, Malaysia, Nigeria and...

  • TORONTO, Jan 22- A Canadian Supreme Court ruling on Thursday about a tiny landfill deal in British Columbia is set to make it a lot harder for Canada's competition watchdog to challenge potentially anti-competitive deals between companies, lawyers said. The ruling by Canada's top court foiled the Competition Bureau's bid to unwind privately-held Tervita's...

  • *Experts see IEA's $100 billion estimate as too low. The International Energy Agency said late last year that almost 200 of the 434 reactors in operation around the globe would be retired by 2040, and estimated the cost of decommissioning them at more than $100 billion. The IEA's head of power generation analysis, Marco Baroni, said that even excluding waste...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a New York real estate developer's lawsuit against the leaseholder of the destroyed World Trade Center and two airlines seeking environmental cleanup costs related to the Sept. 11, 2001 hijacked airliner attacks. In 2008, the developer sued American Airlines, United Airlines and parent...

  • Questions as Dallas hospital alters Ebola account Saturday, 4 Oct 2014 | 10:56 AM ET
    The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said both the nurses and the doctors knew the patient's travel history, but released him, the New York Times reports.

  • Fukushima resentment grows in nearby Japanese city Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 11:59 PM ET
    Fish for sale at Onahama fishing port in Iwaki

    Satomi Inokoshi worries that her hometown is being spoiled by newcomers that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

  • BP wins reprieve over Gulf spill payouts Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | 1:38 AM ET

    BP won a legal reprieve in its effort to force the administrator of a settlement related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

  • Colorado floods trigger oil spills   Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 1:23 PM ET
    Colorado floods trigger oil spills

    NBC News' Joe Fryer reports Colorado is keeping an eye on 10 oil spills, where 2 are considered significant.