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  • EPA is attempting to "force states into shuttering coal-fired power plants" in an effort to drive the nation away from fossil fuels and other traditional sources of energy, Pruitt said. Oklahoma and West Virginia are among 15 coal-reliant states that are suing the EPA to block the so-called "Clean Power Plan," which would require states to cut carbon dioxide...

  • Big money managers clash on climate change Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 10:35 AM ET
    Dry cracked earth is visible near an almond orchard on April 24, 2015 in Firebaugh, California.

    Managers of institutional funds from California, Texas and North Carolina have very different views on global warming.

  • AMSTERDAM, N.Y.— The city of Amsterdam in upstate New York must upgrade its aging sewer system after a large municipal spill that went unreported dumped millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the Mohawk River in 2013.. Under an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Albany Times Union reports that the city agreed to pay a...

  • JACKSON, N.J.— Environmental groups have filed suit over a New Jersey theme park's plans to cut nearly 19,000 trees to build a 90- acre solar farm. The groups claim Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson is violating the state's municipal land use law. They say the plan would be harmful to the Barnegat Bay watershed.

  • Some Libby residents say the material left behind when the EPA is gone eventually could escape, during excavation work or home renovations. "The EPA is unwilling to address that because the EPA is saying it's safe as long as nobody touches it." For the proposal to work, there must be enough money available in future years for local officials to provide the proper...

  • WASHINGTON, May 5- The United States must redirect spending from wasteful solar power tax credits and prepare the electricity grid for large-scale solar energy use if the industry is to play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions, a report led by MIT researchers said on Tuesday. Solar energy received approximately $5.3 billion in federal support in...

  • Workers carry baskets of hand-picked tea leaves at the Makaibari Tea Estate in Kurseong, West Bengal, India.

    Unrest is brewing among Assam's so-called Tea Tribes as changing weather patterns upset the economics of the industry.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 4- Wholesale gasoline differentials in the Los Angeles market fell on Monday amid weak demand from refineries, traders said. May-delivery Los Angeles CARBOB gasoline traded twice for 39 cents and 34.5 cents a gallon over June RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Monday, down 13 cents from Friday's price. May-delivery EPA...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit against BP and other companies by three Mexican states over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a 2013 district court ruling. The courts held that, because Mexico's federal government owns the affected property, the states— Veracruz,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 4- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Plains All American Pipeline LP's Bakersfield crude by rail terminal with a series of violations, according to a notice made public on Monday. The EPA notice does not, however, bring operations at the facility to a halt, noted Elizabeth Forsyth, an attorney with environmental group...

  • At least three water wells in Bradford County, located in the heart of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, were found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of methane and other substances in 2010. The incident was one of several involving Chesapeake Energy that prompted state environmental regulators to levy a record $1 million fine against the driller in...

  • JORHAT, India, May 5- Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India's Assam. Scientists say climate change is to blame for uneven rainfall that is cutting yields and lifting costs for tea firms such as McLeod Russel, Tata Global Beverages and Jay Shree Tea. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, whose...

  • Shell's Arctic return faces hurdle at Seattle port Monday, 4 May 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    May 4- Royal Dutch Shell's quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city's port must apply for a permit for the company to use it as a hub for drilling rigs. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat who has fought against new projects by coal and oil companies, applauded the requirement by the city's...

  • House Speaker Shap Smith said Monday he expects the Legislature to complete its work for the year by May 15 or 16.. Both the House and Senate are pushing small school districts to merge to cut costs— eventually mandating them to do so, but the Senate's process would unfold more slowly. The Senate also disagrees with a House effort to put new caps on spending by local...

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries— a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation." Lawmakers in America's...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey has taken a step toward allowing experimental oyster colony research projects to be placed in polluted waterways to help clean the water, despite concerns by the state Environmental Protection Department that poachers might steal and sell them, potentially sickening customers and damaging the state's $800 million shellfish...

  • SEATTLE— Mayor Ed Murray threw a wrench into plans for a 400- foot oil-drilling rig to arrive in Seattle when he announced Monday that the Port of Seattle can't host Shell's offshore Arctic fleet until it gets a new land-use permit. Royal Dutch Shell PLC has been planning to base its fleet— including a drill rig and two tug boats— at the port's Terminal 5 for six...

  • Sean and Ryan Esmond and their parents fell ill after an applicator working for Terminix used methyl bromide at the resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Their father and mother, Stephen Esmond and Theresa Devine, continue to undergo therapy, said the family's statement, which provided the first update on the family's medical condition in a month.

  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control last Friday certified a permit sought by Spectrum GEO. The previous week the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources approved permits for both Spectrum and GX Technology. Regulators in North Carolina found that the testing is consistent with the coastal zone...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a regulation that offers financial incentives to factories, retailers and other large electricity users to reduce their power consumption. The justices agreed to review a lower court ruling that struck down a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule that requires utilities to pay...