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  • Aug 21- Port Metro Vancouver, Canada's largest port, said on Thursday it has approved a new facility to transfer coal from trains onto barges at Fraser Surrey Docks, a decision that followed lengthy public scrutiny over the project's environmental and health impact.

  • EPA offers some good news for American city dwellers Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    Levels of several major toxins have drastically fallen in American cities since 1990, the EPA said.

  • TVA board votes to retire Memphis coal plant Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    The TVA said the plant consumes about 7,200 tons of coal daily. TVA already has announced plans to shut down coal-fired boilers at plants in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. The U.S. government-owned utility supplies power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

  • Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    Environmental authorities have ordered a full inspection of Grupo Mexico's Buenavista copper mine near the U.S. border and threatened possible fines of up to $3 million.

  • Ecologists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    HOUSTON— A sprawling private ranch in southeast Texas will be converted into a state park with the assistance of a fund created in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation announced Thursday.

  • Jury rejects oil spill claim against Enbridge Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich.— A Michigan jury on Thursday rejected two men's claims that Enbridge Inc. should compensate them for what they say are losses because of a 2010 oil pipeline spill into the Kalamazoo River system. The Battle Creek Enquirer reported Thursday that the trial in Calhoun County Circuit Court was the first involving Enbridge.

  • REFILE-Beijing expands carbon trading scheme Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 21- The Beijing municipal government will add 120 companies to its emissions trading scheme from 2014, bringing in sectors like public transport in a bid to strengthen control over the city's rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Beijing expands carbon trading scheme Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 21- The Beijing municipal government will added 120 companies to its emissions trading scheme from 2014, bringing in sectors like public transport in a bid to strengthen control over the city's rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.

  • U.S. WCoast Products - Gasoline gains on small build Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:18 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Aug 20- California gasoline's premium gained 3 cents on Wednesday after the U.S. government reported a smaller than expected increase in West Coast gasoline inventory, traders said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said West Coast gasoline supply rose 101,000 barrels last week to 27.1 million barrels.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 20- Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil's October elections and threatening the ruling Workers' Party's 12- year hold on power.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 20- Thrust by tragedy into the center of Brazil's presidential race, environmentalist Marina Silva is riding a groundswell of anti-establishment anger but her chances hinge on expanding her coalition and winning over mainstream voters and business leaders.

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 20- Mexico's Congress on Wednesday urged the government to cancel Grupo Mexico's concession to operate one of the world's biggest copper mines after a toxic spill there earlier this month.

  • Aug 20- The cleanup of a 5,000- gallon fuel oil spill from a Duke Energy Corp power plant into the Ohio River could stretch into Thursday, Duke said on Wednesday, as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened a 15- mile section of the river to limited traffic.

  • Man sentenced over lead poisoning of 5 workers Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho— A South Dakota man has been fined $3,000 and ordered to attend a class on worker-safety standards after five employees he was supervising inhaled lead while working in Idaho, the U.S. attorney's office said.

  • Texas regulators OK expanding nuclear waste site Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    LUBBOCK, Texas— Depleted uranium from federal energy facilities can be buried at a nuclear-waste dumping site in West Texas, state regulators decided Wednesday.

  • Energy secretary pushes for nuclear power Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz championed the use of nuclear power and urged politicians and leaders in the energy industry to adapt and modernize energy production to help minimize the fallout from global warming.

  • Feds say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati late Monday. About 1,000 gallons of oil and contaminated water had been recovered as of Wednesday, the EPA said.

  • Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.

  • Mexico says mine firm lied about chemical spill Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream. "At the start, they told us it was excessive rain" that caused the containment pond to overflow, Guerra Abud said.