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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • China's Rising Environmental Challenge Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 8:45 PM ET

    Fears in China are rife that pollution is out of control after 6,000 dead pigs were cleared from a Shanghai river.

  • Breathing In China's Hazardous Air Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 6:40 PM ET
    Breathing In China's Hazardous Air Quality

    Chinese media on Monday called on the government to improve air quality, days after the Beijing's pollution index went off the charts. CNBC's China correspondent Eunice Yoon reports from the Chinese capital.

  • How Cloud Technology Can Cut Energy Costs Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
    Professor Stephen Hawking

    While growing computing demand will mean more energy consumption, wider use of cloud computing technology will prove to be a net benefit to the environment over the longer term, say industry watchers.

  • US Economy Over the Worst: KPMG Executive Survey Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 6:03 AM ET
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    In another sign the American economy is on the comeback trail, a new survey from KPMG shows optimism is improving among U.S. manufacturing and service industry executives. Executives in both key sectors say the worst is behind us.