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  • VANCOUVER, Sept 17- The Supreme Court of British Columbia has rejected a local municipality's bid for a temporary injunction to stop survey work for an oil pipeline expansion project proposed by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.

  • Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect eels Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:33 PM ET

    TOKYO— Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. The agriculture ministry said the the agreement with China, South Korea and Taiwan, reached Wednesday, calls for reducing eel hauls by 20 percent for one year, beginning in November.

  • Sept 17- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while heavily criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production.

  • USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market the chemical.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S. Senate's top Democratic and Republican tax law writers on Wednesday both urged colleagues to renew a set of expired federal tax breaks, many of which support renewable energy. "We are optimistic that Congress will pass tax extenders," said David Ward, spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association.

  • Illinois panel delays decision on fracking rules Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A legislative panel said Tuesday that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.

  • Wynn, gambling regulators sign casino license Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    BOSTON— Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts gambling regulators finalized the license Wednesday for a $1.6 billion casino outside Boston. Wynn brings a track record of success in competitive gambling jurisdictions, including Las Vegas and Asia, said James McHugh, acting commissioner of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

  • Bankruptcy judge OKs $2.9M W.Va. spill settlement Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a $2.9 million settlement that would benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill. Judge Ronald Pearson filed the order Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. Pearson's approval lets a U.S. District Court judge consider the deal as a separate lawsuit.

  • Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:25 AM ET

    CLEARWATER, Fla.— It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Petersburg in the south and stretching north to Florida's Big Bend, where the peninsula ends and the Panhandle begins. It's spooky, "said Clearwater fisherman Brad Gorst as he steered the charter fishing boat Gulfstream 2 in waters near Honeymoon Island, where dead fish recently washed ashore.

  • Environmentalist's group targets Maine Gov. LePage Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— A California billionaire's political operation is entering Maine's three-way race for governor and will target 90,000 potential voters who it believes can help defeat Republican Gov.

  • New York awards $55M in research, education grants Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research. Andrew Cuomo announced the state grants Tuesday during stops in Syracuse and New Paltz.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 U.S. presidential run, accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of being "science deniers" when it comes to energy, a critique often aimed at his own party.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- The U.S. federal government has rejected most of a $511 million loan request for the renewal of New York state's Tappan Zee Bridge, dealing a blow to one of governor Andrew Cuomo's most prominent infrastructure projects just weeks ahead of state elections.

  • BEIJING, Sept 17- Nearly four years after a massive state-run steel mill on the outskirts of Beijing was closed to help cut smog in the Chinese capital, little has been done to clean up the contaminated site.

  • Wynn's $1.6B resort wins Boston casino license Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:34 PM ET

    BOSTON— Wynn Resorts has bested Mohegan Sun for the lucrative Boston- area casino license, based largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project's economic development potential.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 presidential run, on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of being "science deniers" when it comes to energy, a critique often lobbed at his own party.

  • EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants.

  • CMS spending $1 billion to settle pollution case Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    DETROIT— The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints.

  • Governor signs first California groundwater rules Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday overhauling the state's management of its groundwater supply, bringing it in line with other states that have long regulated their wells.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world's largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change.