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

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil must pay almost $5 million in penalties for state and federal violations involving the 2013 Mayflower oil spill in central Arkansas, according to a consent decree filed in federal court Wednesday. Exxon Mobil spokesman Christian Flatham said the settlement lowered the number of barrels of oil estimated to...

  • 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...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea said Wednesday it reached agreement with Washington on revisions to the 41- year-old treaty that governs the country's commercial nuclear activities. Ambassador for nuclear energy cooperation Park Ro- byug said the deal would pave the way for South Korea to better manage spent nuclear fuel and improve nuclear exports.

  • NEW ORLEANS— As oil gushed from BP's ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. In January, the Interior Department unveiled a plan to open up drilling next year in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas on the Arctic coast of Alaska and off the coast between...

  • 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...

  • Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO— A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. Presented with AP's findings, that the sheen recently averaged about 91 gallons of oil per day across eight square miles, the Coast Guard provided a new leak estimate that is about 20 times greater than one recently touted by the...

  • 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...

  • GREEN ISLAND, N.Y.— A group of environmentalists and elected officials renewed their call Tuesday for a broader cleanup of the upper- Hudson River as a final year of dredging looms. General Electric Co. is scheduled to begin its sixth and expected final season of PCB dredging next month as part of a $2 billion federal Superfund project. "GE is meeting all of its...

  • 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...