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  • Gulf oil spill: Ex-BP engineer's retrial postponed Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction.

  • TIANJIN, China, July 23- China is readying an assault on the "fortress economies" of local governments by creating a super region around Beijing, with proposals that sources suggest will be more aggressive than so far has been publicly revealed.

  • Judge eyes whether port records should be released Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— A federal judge said Tuesday he would weigh whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must release environmental review documents involving a proposed coal port criticized by environmentalists.

  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

  • Business events scheduled for Wednesday Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon pollution standards for power plants. WASHINGTON— Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing on legislation focusing on consumer protections and safety for cruise ship passengers.

  • Pa. auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.

  • ND saltwater spill cleanup could take years Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday.

  • Lawsuit expected after vote to ban tar sands oil Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— With a potential lawsuit targeting a decision to ban tar sands oil in South Portland, the governor's energy chief said Tuesday that he hopes the state can eventually have a conversation about managing the flow of petroleum products rather than having it decided locally.

  • Cause of fire at Williston company unknown Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Senate leaders were nearing an agreement to vote this week on a $10.9 billion transportation funding extension already passed by the House of Representatives, signaling a desire to minimize drama over road construction money this summer.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Senate leaders were nearing an agreement to vote this week on a $10.9 billion transportation funding extension already passed by the House of Representatives, signaling a desire to minimize drama over road construction money this summer.

  • Groups sue over steel plant's air emissions permit Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    The Sierra Club and several other groups are challenging the May ruling by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which changed the permit for a Dearborn plant owned by Severstal. Severstal was awarded an air permit in 2006 to increase production and to install a new blast furnace and additional air pollution control equipment.

  • Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • New Orleans putting smoked butts in a better place Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    Developers of the program say New Orleans is the first U.S. city to participate in a large-scale recycling effort launched in Canada last year. Trenton, New Jersey- based recycling company TerraCycle Inc. developed the program in 2012. The first citywide receptacles were placed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in November 2013.

  • July 21- New York state environmental regulators are proposing shutting the giant Indian Point nuclear power plant to protect fish in the Hudson River during summer months, when demand for electricity for air-conditioning is greatest.

  • Official says Jamaica's drought is intensifying Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    KINGSTON, Jamaica— A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country's environment minister said Sunday night. In a national address, Robert Pickersgill told Jamaicans the government is trucking water to hard-hit farming districts where parched conditions have withered crops.

  • Drought hinders California's clean energy goals Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. For years, dams have been one of California's main sources of clean energy, generating power without spewing greenhouse gases into the air.

  • South Portland set for final vote on tar sands ban Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any attempt to bring oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city. The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night in favor of the ordinance that was hailed by environmentalists.

  • Project at Ky. coal plant to catch carbon dioxide Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    HARRODSBURG, Ky.— Political leaders and researchers say a new project to capture carbon dioxide at a central Kentucky power plant is a crucial step to continue burning coal for electricity in a time of tougher environmental regulations.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 21- Australian lawmakers have voted to dump a tax that was arguably working and keep one that is demonstrably failing in yet another example of petty politics trumping sensible policy.