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  • California to see surge in oil brought in by rail Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    VENTURA, Calif.— California is preparing for an oil boom— brought in on rail cars. There are no pipelines that bring crude oil into California. According to the California Public Utilities Commission, five California refineries have facilities either about to come online or in the planning stages that will let them receive crude-oil deliveries by rail.

  • Audit faults Mo. program for contamination cleanup Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich raised concerns Thursday about a state tax incentive for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites, saying that poor oversight has allowed conflicts of interest and higher-than-necessary costs.

  • UPDATE 1-Chevron expects first-quarter profit to slip Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 PM ET

    April 9- Chevron Corp, the second-largest oil company in the United States, said on Wednesday it expected first-quarter income to slip because of high currency conversion costs and environmental charges in its mining unit.

  • BERLIN, April 3- Volkswagen plans to make plug-in cars in China, company sources say, seeing a big potential market as the country's leaders fight hazardous levels of air pollution with measures that include boosting green power.

  • LONDON, March 25- Air pollution killed about 7 million people in 2012, making it the world's single biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

  • *Acquisition prospects in Asia white cement. ROME, March 14- Italy's Cementir group is looking at acquisition opportunities to strengthen its position in white cement and could finalise a deal within 12 months, possibly in Asia, chief executive Francesco Caltagirone said.

  • The plant is located in Cumbria, northwest England. Since 2005, the plant has been owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and operated by Sellafield Ltd.. In 2008, the NDA contracted the management of Sellafield Ltd to Nuclear Management Partners, a consortium of U.S. company URS, British company AMEC, and France's Areva.

  • LONDON, Jan 31- British nuclear reprocessing plant Sellafield said it had detected raised levels of radioactivity at one of its on-site monitors and was operating at reduced staffing levels on Friday. It said only essential workers were being asked to report to work at the plant, which is on the coast of the Irish sea in northwest England.

  • The air pollution campaign could squeeze out iron ore suppliers from Iran, Mexico and Vietnam, but would be good news for others from Brazil and Australia, like Vale, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto as well as Australian coal exporters that supply top grade raw materials.

  • LONDON, Jan 24- Accident investigators have told regulators in the United States and Canada that safety regulations have failed to keep pace with the risks of moving large volumes of crude oil by train.

  • SENDAI, Japan, Dec. 30- Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan's nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head.

  • TOKYO, Dec 20- Japan will chip in more taxpayer money and other financial support to help Fukushima plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co clean up the world's worst nuclear disaster in a quarter century, officials said on Friday, the latest government lifeline for the embattled utility.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- U.S. Supreme Court justices offered President Barack Obama's administration some encouragement on Tuesday as it weighed the lawfulness of a major federal air pollution rule regulating emissions that cross state lines.

  • "Even if we didn't agree with how things were being done, we had to keep quiet and work fast," said Yoshitatsu Uechi, 48, a mechanic and former bus driver, who was one of a crew of 17 workers recruited in Okinawa and sent to Fukushima in June 2012- among the thousands of workers from across Japan who have put together the emergency water tanks and stabilized the plant after three reactor meltdowns that were triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- China can learn from U.S. struggles to reduce pollution as it confronts recent high-profile incidents of poor air quality paralyzing major cities, the top U.S. environmental regulator said on Monday.

  • In the case of the deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, the interim agreement struck on Sunday allows Iran to retain all the important elements of a nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium enrichment.

  • LONDON, Nov 20- European refineries must stop being treated as strategic assets, propped up by politicians, if they want to become profitable again. "The oil refining sector is a strategic European asset," according to the European Petroleum Industry Association, Europia, which lobbies in Brussels on behalf of the refiners.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 11- The second explosive oil-train derailment this year, which has finally burned out in rural Alabama, may raise new questions about the safety of the crude-by-rail boom, pointing to problems beyond those that surfaced following the earlier tragedy in Quebec.

  • TOKYO, Nov 12- Japan's government is finalising plans to borrow an additional 3 trillion yen to pay for compensating Fukushima evacuees and cleaning up the area outside the wrecked nuclear plant, said people with knowledge of the situation.

  • IWAKI, Japan, Nov 11- For many of Japan's oldest nuclear refugees, all they want is to be allowed back to the homes they were forced to abandon.

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