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  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:24 AM ET

    Several conservative justices questioned whether EPA should have taken costs into account when it first decided to regulate hazardous air pollutants from power plants, or whether health risks are the only consideration under the Clean Air Act. The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions...

  • The wide-ranging bill would stop farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields. The measure would be the first passed in an effort to slow the spread of the algae since August, when a toxin contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Jim Zehringer, the...

  • AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:12 AM ET

    BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:37 AM ET

    BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The nine justices are due to hear a 90- minute oral argument on...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. It is being targeted by Michigan and 20 other states in...

  • A 3- ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said. The production line in Broken Arrow that makes the flavors has been stopped, but work continues in other parts of that plant. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas, became ill with listeriosis while hospitalized at some...

  • Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Duke Energy will appeal a $25.1 million fine by North Carolina environmental regulators over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. Duke Energy said Tuesday that it will file a formal appeal with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings by April 9.

  • 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...