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  • NRC: Yucca closure plans meet safety objectives Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:14 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Permanent closure plans for a high-level nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain met all the necessary objectives based on safety evaluations completed before the Obama administration pulled the plug on the proposed Nevada dump, federal nuclear regulators said in a long-awaited staff report on Thursday. The assessments are among those the U.S....

  • Senate task force to aid southern W.Va. coalfields Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Senate President Jeff Kessler is setting up a task force as part of a push to help West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields. The SCORE program is based off the Shaping our Appalachian Region program, which has similar goals for eastern Kentucky's hurting coalfields. Kessler's 13- member Senate task force will look at a variety of ways to...

  • *Areva says jumbo reactor still best product offer. *Areva hopes for new contracts in India, China. PARIS, Oct 16- Areva chief executive Luc Oursel, his job at risk from an imminent government overhaul, still believes the French nuclear group can win new contracts with its out-of-favor mega-reactor model in India and China.

  • LONDON, Oct 16- Scarce resources and pollution control measures are the two environmental issues which have the most impact on the net earnings of businesses today, a private equity fund manager said on Thursday. London- based Ambienta says it is the largest European private equity fund specializing in the environmental sector, with more than 450 million euros...

  • *Exxon Mobil says refinery strategic regardless of EU policy. ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct 16- Exxon Mobil is pouring $1 billion into a refinery in the European Union, setting aside concerns ranging from poor margins to EU green energy rules due to be agreed next week that will cut demand for oil. Heavy industry and some nations, such as coal-dependent Poland, have argued...

  • *Exxon Mobil says refinery strategic regardless of EU policy. ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct 16- Exxon Mobil is pouring $1 billion into a refinery in the European Union, setting aside concerns ranging from poor margins to EU green energy rules due to be agreed next week that will cut demand for oil. Heavy industry and some nations, such as coal-dependent Poland, have argued...

  • Montana decides to keep Yellowstone bison in state Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Montana wildlife officials decided Thursday against shipping 145 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park to the Bronx zoo and other locations across the nation, choosing to send them to an American Indian reservation within the state. The Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to transfer the bison to Fort Peck Indian Reservation instead of...

  • Oil spill plaintiff lawyers: keep claims chief Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A move by oil giant BP to have a court fire the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill was opposed Wednesday by the administrator as well as by lawyers for Gulf Coast interests claiming harm from the disaster. Among the reasons: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process...

  • Oct 15- The U.S. government is expected to release a report in late October that will help assess whether domestic gasoline prices would rise if Congress or the Obama administration lifted the 40- year ban on crude oil exports. Congress mandated the oil export ban following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970 s, which sent shock waves through energy markets and...

  • The herbicide is approved immediately for use in six states, and the EPA is evaluating expansion to additional states. "EPA has not followed the law," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization that is evaluating legal action to try to stop the commercialization of Enlist Duo. Loarie said EPA also failed to fully...

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Oct 16- Chinese companies are on a pace to cut capital spending by around 7 percent this year, the biggest annual reduction since the global financial crisis, deepening an economic chill. The cutbacks could persist, indicating that China's economy, which has relied heavily on investment, will need to speed up rebalancing to feed growth.

  • In announcing the decision, EPA said it had thoroughly evaluated the risks, including those for endangered species, that come with what is expected to be a large increase in the use of the chemical agent 2,4- D, which is an active ingredient of Enlist Duo. "EPA has not followed the law," said Greg Loarie, an attorney with Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law...

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4- D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940 s. The EPA said in a release that the agency's decision reflects a large body of science and that officials used "highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks."

  • Study: Lake Erie vulnerable to bacteria blooms Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— Climate change and invasive mussels may have made Lake Erie a more inviting host for toxic bacteria in recent years, suggesting that ambitious goals are needed for reducing phosphorus runoff that feeds large blooms like the one that forced a temporary tap water shutdown in and near Toledo, Ohio, scientists said Wednesday.

  • OSLO, Oct 15- Some major customers of Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro want it to certify metal made with clean hydro power to help a shift from high-polluting fossil fuels and combat climate change, chief executive Svein Richard Brandtzaeg said. The name itself reflects hydro power but they would like us to certificate the hydropower-based metal in...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 15- Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade. Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed's...

  • You might hope for a sense of realism and practical moves to address the issues, but instead the World Coal Conference in Copenhagen this week was characterised by what seemed like a state of denial. Spot thermal coal at Australia's Newcastle port fell to $64.92 a tonne in the week ended Oct. 10, 1 cent higher than the previous week, which was the lowest since...

  • Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 15- Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade. Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed's secretive...

  • COLUMN-Oil market proves mightier than OPEC: Kemp Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:21 AM ET

    "If the shale revolution can be sustained in the United States, and successfully exported to other countries, some combination of OPEC production cuts or lower oil prices to encourage demand and forestall more investment, will be inevitable by 2015-16," I wrote last year. "The massive rise in prices means Saudi Arabia will face intense competition from shale," I...