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  • 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.

  • LOS ANGELES— Firefighters investigating a reported petroleum stench at a California beach last month didn't take long to find a spill— oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. An employee at the scene for Plains All American Pipeline initially suggested to firefighters that the spill "was too big to be from their pipeline," according to the documents...

  • An employee at the scene for Plains All American Pipeline initially suggested to firefighters that the spill "was too big to be from their pipeline," according to the documents obtained by The Associated Press. The description of what firefighters found May 19 at Refugio State Beach was detailed in a records filed by Santa Barbara County firefighters with...

  • WATERFORD, N.Y.— Long after the last barge dredging toxins from the bottom of the upper Hudson River moves on, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels. General Electric Co. expects this year to finish removing some 2.7 million cubic yards of contaminated river sediment— enough to fill two Empire State Buildings— under a Superfund agreement...

  • 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...

  • June 11- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is...

  • June 11- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is...

  • CHICAGO, June 8- The death of more than 46 million chickens and turkeys in a bird flu outbreak is opening a rare fissure within the usually tight-knit U.S. poultry industry, pitting farmers with infected flocks against those who so far largely have sidestepped the worst outbreak in U.S. history. Hard-hit turkey producers in the Midwest say they will continue to...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- A second sea lion rescued from along California's oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara has died at SeaWorld San Diego, where veterinarians are still caring for 15 surviving marine mammals brought in for treatment, a spokesman said on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, 15 oil-contaminated California sea lions and two elephant seals had been brought...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore. Up to 2,500 barrels of petroleum, according to latest...

  • PARIS, April 27- The next generation of nuclear reactors being developed in countries such as France, Russia, China and Japan may not be safer than those being built today, French nuclear safety watchdog IRSN said on Monday. In a study of six future reactor designs being worked on by the U.S.-led " Generation IV International Forum", the IRSN said only the...

  • NOBLE ENERGY TO MAKE UPGRADES, FUND PROJECTS TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION IN COLORADO- U.S.

  • SEOUL, April 22- South Korea and the United States reached a deal on Wednesday to revise a 40- year-old civil nuclear pact that gives the Asian country limited freedom to produce fuel for power generation but continues to curb its ability to reprocess spent fuel. The deal paves the way for South Korea to enrich uranium to produce non-weapons grade nuclear fuel...

  • 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...