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  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

  • Feds critical of California twin tunnel project Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— A pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.

  • The crisis in eastern Ukraine has emboldened Europe and the United States to impose broad sanctions on Russia. But Europe finds itself in a precarious position, with almost a third of the natural gas the continent consumed in 2013 flowing from Russia, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • State agency issues long-awaited fracking rules Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Stricter requirements for disclosing the use of chemicals are part of new proposed rules issued by the state Friday as part of the process of regulating fracking, the high-volume oil and gas drilling method that proponents hope will bring a surge of jobs to Illinois.

  • Costs of coal power plant proposal challenged Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according to a regulatory filing made Friday by advocates of renewable energy.

  • Duke halting coal burning at Ohio plant Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW RICHMOND, Ohio— A utility says it will stop burning coal at a southwest Ohio power plant that was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River. Charlotte, North Carolina- based Duke Energy says it will retire the last two coal-fired units Sept. 1 at the New Richmond, Ohio, plant.

  • Beach closed: Billionaire tries to block surfers Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:45 AM ET
    Surfers were arrested in 2012 after bypassing a locked gate to reach Martins Beach in San Mateo County, California.

    Vinod Khosla, a green energy billionaire with ties to President Obama, is fighting surfers over access to a beach south of San Francisco. NBC reports.

  • Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    SAO PAULO— The "largest deforestation gang" active in Brazil's Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said Thursday. According to the statement, the group allegedly is responsible for the destruction of 38,000 acres of rain forest, an area equivalent to the size of the British Virgin Islands.

  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.

  • Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. It now heads to the Senate, where it must be approved by Sunday and has support from top Democrats who rejected a similar effort last year.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- A U.S. regulator can proceed with lawsuits accusing HSBC Holdings Plc and Nomura Holdings Inc of misleading Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying mortgage-backed securities that later turned toxic, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

  • The delays have been perpetuated also by a surge in rail deliveries of crude oil and grain, leaving power producers such as FirstEnergy Corp scrambling for transport alternatives before winter sets in, potentially adding to costs.

  • Stop worrying, and love nuclear power: Officials Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    Although atomic power is languishing, the industry is going on the offensive to change the conversation.

  • Boats scattered on Catalina Island     Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    A look at photos of damage to a boatyard in Santa Catalina Island, and the weather forecast into the Labor Day weekend, with The Weather Channel's Alex Wallace.

  • Vilsack says up to $45M to help Lake Champlain Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:52 AM ET

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in Vermont on Thursday that his agency will double the pace of spending on efforts to reduce farm runoff entering Lake Champlain.

  • Feds say balance struck in California logging plan Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue.

  • Blast at BP refinery sparks fire, rattles homes Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    WHITING, Ind.— An explosion at BP oil refinery in northwestern Indiana along Lake Michigan rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didn't cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said Thursday.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27- Investors are warming up to a possible victory by Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential election as the popular environmentalist emerges as their best shot at avoiding four more years of a government they strongly dislike.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 27- Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers' Party rule.

  • Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.