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  • Years of tight environmental rules improved California air quality so much that the state has not issued a smog alert in a dozen years. But Karen Magliano, chief of the state's Air Quality Planning and Sciences Division, said it has caused California to miss a key federal deadline for improving the air in the San Joaquin Valley, and could lead the state to tighten...

  • AKRON, Ohio— A federal agency has directed the Texas- based company behind a proposed northeastern Ohio natural gas pipeline to investigate an alternative route that would relocate the $2 billion project to less populated areas. The city of Green has proposed moving about 103 miles of the Nexus pipeline away from southern Summit County and northern Stark...

  • World gears up for Earth Hour this Saturday   Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:55 PM ET
    World gears up for Earth Hour this Saturday

    Singapore will not be participating in Earth Hour celebrations this year out of deference for the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, says Sudhanshu Sarronwala, chair of Earth Hour Global.

  • Project sponsor Mines Management Inc. of Spokane, Washington, rejected the group's compensation figure during court-ordered settlement talks on Wednesday. Mines Management chief executive Glenn Dobbs says the agency's announcement marks a major step forward. "It's the culmination of 10 years of very hard work by good people at the U.S. Forest Service and...

  • WASHINGTON— The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released Friday. "To remain globally competitive and to be positioned to provide global leadership and influence in the...

  • Buh-bye, Wall Street! I'm a lot happier now Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:22 PM ET
    Man takes off work clothes on beach

    With Ruth Porat leaving Wall Street for Silicon Valley, Turney Duff takes a look at other ex-Wall Street friends and where they are now.

  • March 26- New Jersey lawmakers sent a bill to Governor Chris Christie on Thursday that calls for more money from environmental settlements to fund cleanups. The legislation came after the Christie administration announced a controversial $225 million deal with Exxon Mobil Corp on March 5 over environmental contamination from two of its former New Jersey...

  • Q&A: Leaving Wall St for 'conscious' marketing Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:55 PM ET
    Max Kabat.

    Turney Duff checks in with former Wall Street friend Max Katbat, who left his job as a trader for a career in "conscious" marketing.

  • OTTAWA, March 26- Canada's Conservative government has given the energy regulator about a year to deliver up-to-date guidelines for pipeline companies to improve safety and protect the environment. Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford instructed the National Energy Board to study the issue and report its findings with new safety guidelines by next...

  • BOISE, Idaho— Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. Monsanto in a statement noted there were no allegations that the releases exceeded state of federal standards, or that they contributed to any known health concerns in the Soda Springs area.

  • RENO, Nev.— An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company. The agreement comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approaches a fall...

  • Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The lawmakers' complaints were aired Thursday during a House subcommittee hearing called...

  • SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.— The New Jersey shore amusement pier that became an iconic image of Superstorm Sandy when the storm knocked its roller coaster into the ocean will be rebuilt— on dry land and not over the surf. The owners of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights have submitted plans to the state Department of Environmental Protection seeking to expand the pier on...

  • House GOP issues subpoena for EPA chief's text messages Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 4:56 PM ET

    Lamar Smith, R- Texas, said he was left with no alternative but to issue the subpoena after the EPA refused to provide complete records in response to the committee's repeated requests for all emails and text messages sent by McCarthy and other top officials. While McCarthy sent nearly 6,000 text messages over the past several years, he said, only one was turned...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration's refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The provision does not explicitly state whether the EPA was required to include...

  • 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...

  • Feds investigate safety of Lumber Liquidators flooring Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:11 AM ET

    The agency is working with other federal organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Federal Trade Commission. The move comes after a report on CBS' "60 Minutes" earlier this month that said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde,...

  • MUTTAGI, India— Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and...

  • BRUSSELS— Two environmental groups say European Union nations continue to overfish their Atlantic waters despite commitments to fish sustainably and stay within safe scientific limits. Studies from the two obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press ahead of their release show that almost two out of three limits for catches in the waters off...

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:24 AM ET

    Several conservative justices questioned whether EPA should have taken costs into account when it first decided to regulate hazardous air pollutants from power plants, or whether health risks are the only consideration under the Clean Air Act. The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions...