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  • The state that drills the most on Uncle Sam's turf Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 9:41 AM ET
    Wyoming's Teton Mountains

    The state that could be most affected by proposed fracking rules is not top producer Texas or booming North Dakota.

  • The National Nuclear Security Administration spent about $931 million as of the end of the last fiscal year to remove contaminated rags, tools, equipment and soil from Los Alamos National Laboratory. That's $202 million over 2006 expectations, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. NNSA and DOE's Office of...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A bill designed to reduce the toxic algae in Lake Erie cleared an Ohio legislative panel Tuesday after it was changed to give some farmers a way to temporarily avoid penalties if they violate a proposed ban on spreading manure. The legislation would be the first passed in an effort to slow the spread of the algae since August, when a toxin...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. MGM seeks to become Massachusetts' first resort casino as rivals in Connecticut and the Boston area are also trying to open casinos.

  • BP drops out of conservative ALEC policy group Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 6:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 23- Oil company BP said on Monday it has stopped supporting conservative political group ALEC, becoming the latest corporation to end its membership in a group critics say works to deny the existence of climate change. Earlier in 2014, Google did the same. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said his company wanted out because ALEC was "...

  • GOP lawmaker targets Obama climate plan Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    Whitfield and other Republicans cited testimony from an unlikely ally, Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, an Obama mentor who has said the proposed EPA rule is unconstitutional. Tribe said the EPA is attempting what he called "an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the states, Congress and the federal courts— all at once."

  • Mark Welch, chief restructuring officer of Freedom Industries, entered the plea on behalf of the company in federal court to negligent discharge of a pollutant and unlawful discharge of refuse matter, both misdemeanors, and violating a permit condition under the Clean Water Act, a felony. Thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent from Freedom Industries...

  • Stericycle Inc. is proposing to burn 18,000 tons of medical waste per year at a future site in Tooele County— up from 7,000 tons per year at the current site, according to details state environmental regulators posted online Monday. In December, Stericycle agreed to pay Utah a $2.3 million fine and move its facility. Stericycle would only pay half of the fine if it...

  • LOS ANGELES— Parents and teachers at a California school district where celebrities including Cindy Crawford removed their children over fears about PCBs filed a lawsuit Monday demanding all caulk containing elevated levels of the contaminant be removed. A copy of the lawsuit provided to The Associated Press contends the district is violating the Toxic...

  • China Recycling Energy posts 4Q profit Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    XI AN CITY SHAN XI PROVINCE, China _ China Recycling Energy Corp. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.3 million. The Xi An City Shan Xi Province, China- based company said it had profit of 6 cents per share. Keywords: China Recycling Energy, Earnings Report.

  • *China could be game changer for green bond market. LONDON, March 23- Companies could issue a record $30 billion in so-called "green bonds" this year, but further growth in the market will depend on developments in China and common standards, Standard& Poor's Rating Services said on Monday. This year, the corporate market has been boosted by more issuances, including...

  • That's much longer than the warnings on traditional cigarette packs in the United States. Nicotine can increase your heart rate and blood pressure and cause dizziness, nausea and stomach pain, "says MarkTen, a leading brand in the United States. There is no required health warning on electronic cigarettes in the United States, so "we had to do what we thought was...

  • BEIJING, March 23- China will no longer chase bumper grain harvests and instead make safer foods a priority and boost imports as it bids to tackle its rural environmental problems, government officials said. He said China had recently published its sustainable development plan for agriculture, which will cap water use as well as reduce the use of chemical...

  • HARPERSFIELD, N.Y.— The 124- mile Constitution Pipeline will likely bring some relief from high natural gas prices to residents of New York City and New England, but it will also bring anguish to some landowners in the wooded hills and valleys in its path. Of 651 landowners in New York and Pennsylvania affected by the $700 million pipeline project, 125 refused to...

  • Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China's checkbook diplomacy came of age, giving the world's number two economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United States and the international financial institutions it has dominated since World War Two. Irked that London had stolen a march, Germany, France and...

  • BEIJING— International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Sunday that China's economic slowdown is legitimate and that Beijing can contribute to global prosperity. Speaking at the opening of the China Development Forum in Beijing, Lagarde praised Beijing for its work to build a legal system and address pollution. She said she welcomed Beijing's...

  • California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze— not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year. But what California is experiencing is historically low...

  • WASHINGTON, March 20- The White House said on Friday it would press ahead to end government financing for most coal-fired power plants overseas, a day after a bipartisan bill sought to overturn limits on those projects financed by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Lawmakers are trying to hammer out a plan to save the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which provides support for...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Threatened with extinction but with no one having yet told it to stop, the organization that promotes Atlantic City to other parts of the country has a new campaign touting the seaside resort's entertainment offerings. And so, on April 1, the group will launch a promotional campaign on social media and other venues dubbing Atlantic City the "...

  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 11:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about...