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  • The settlement filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico came after years of negotiation among federal officials, the plant owners and environmentalists who sued over permits. The plant's operator, Arizona Public Service Co., said upgrades made to the Four Corners Power Plant in northwestern New Mexico were part of routine maintenance and didn't require...

  • USDA head: California drought has silver lining Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 1:13 PM ET
    A pipe emerges from dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, California.

    As the USDA invests $150 million in relief of California, Tom Vilsack said there may be a silver lining to the situation.

  • STOCKHOLM, June 23- Swedish fashion company Hennes& Mauritz is focusing on its ethical profile to drive long-term sales growth as shoppers become more interested in how clothes are produced as well as their environmental impact, its new sustainability chief said. The fashion industry has come under increasing pressure to cut water use and pesticides in...

  • Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. The proposal as currently written, known as the Clean Power Plan, will make Indiana electricity more expensive and less reliable and hurt economic growth in Indiana and across...

  • Because of the number of those wanting to speak, the EPA is bringing in a second panel so the hearings can be conducted in two separate groups. They are the only public hearings planned on the issue before the EPA announces its decision. "There would be widespread noncompliance, and the EPA is not in the habit of putting out standards we don't think are achievable," he...

  • Board urged to adopt buffers between homes, oil drilling Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Farmers and environmentalists urged Montana regulators on Wednesday to establish buffer zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling. North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado require companies to keep drilling activities at least 500 feet from occupied dwellings. Montana has no such rule.

  • Landmark Dutch ruling: Cut emissions to protect citizens Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 5:07 AM ET

    Climate activists in a packed courtroom in The Hague erupted into cheers as Presiding Judge Hans Hofhuis told Dutch authorities to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels. "The verdict is a milestone in the history of climate legislation, because it is the first time that a government was ordered to...

  • LOS ANGELES— As thousands of gallons of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline spread along the California coast, its operator was unable to contact workers near the break to get information the company needed to alert federal emergency officials, records released Wednesday said. However, company workers at the site near Santa Barbara were contending with "...

  • June 23- A U.S. judge in Wyoming on Tuesday granted a request by four states and several energy industry groups to temporarily stop new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing on public lands from taking effect on Wednesday. IPAA and the Western Energy Alliance were joined by Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah in seeking to stop the new rules from taking...

  • House approves bill to overhaul chemical regulation Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 7:20 PM ET

    The House vote, 398-1, moves the bill to the Senate, where a similar measure awaits a floor vote after winning approval from a Senate committee. The bills also would offer protections for people, such as pregnant women, children and workers, who are vulnerable to the effects of chemicals and set deadlines for the Environmental Protection Agency to act.

  • DENVER, June 23- A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday a decades-old pollution case over nuclear weapons production in Colorado should be sent back to the district court which in 2006 ordered companies that ran the facility to pay damages of $353 million. "This long lingering litigation deserves to find resolution soon," wrote one of the judges, Neil Gorsuch, about a...

  • LOS ANGELES— The shutdown of a pipeline that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast forced Exxon Mobil Corp. to halt operations at three offshore platforms because it couldn't deliver oil to refineries, the company said Tuesday. The shutdown is not expected to have an impact on oil prices, but it does harm Exxon Mobil's bottom line even...

  • China puts $6 trillion price tag on its climate plan Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 5:05 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 23- It will cost China over $6.6 trillion to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals it will lay out later this month in its strategy for United Nations climate negotiations, the country's lead negotiator for the talks said Tuesday. Xie Zhenhua, special representative for climate change affairs at China's National Development and Reform...

  • Home efficiency upgrades fall short, don't pay: Study Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 4:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over the long run, according to the surprising conclusion of a University of Chicago study. The study, conducted by Greenstone and University of California at Berkeley...

  • June 23- A long-running battle between LG Electronics Inc and environmentalists ended on Tuesday when LG agreed to halve the height of its planned North American headquarters so it will not obstruct views of the New Jersey Palisades cliffs. The South Korean conglomerate said it would redesign the building in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, so that it will not...

  • Is big energy busting its own model? Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 1:42 PM ET
    Cattle near Montevideo, Uruguay.

    When it comes to sustainable energy, big energy companies are challenging their own long-held business and technology models.

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans Tuesday proposed cuts to community health centers, national service, and grants to help children from low- and moderate-income families attend preschool as they unveiled the largest domestic appropriations bill, a $153 billion measure that's sure to attract a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The author of the bill, Roy...

  • ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.— An electronics company will sharply reduce the height of its planned 143- foot corporate tower in a northern New Jersey community, resolving concerns raised by critics. The agreement announced Tuesday by LG Electronics USA calls for a five-story north wing in Englewood Cliffs that will be just shy of 70 feet in height.

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Duke Energy plans to excavate and move coal ash from a dozen more waste ponds in North Carolina, the company said Tuesday, as it works to excavate or safely close pits seeping millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater each day. Duke Energy says if regulators approve, it now plans to excavate coal ash from 20 of its 32 North Carolina pits.

  • US chides China but avoids clouding cooperation Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The United States voiced deep concern Tuesday over state-sponsored cybertheft and tension in the disputed seas of East Asia but did not let the sharp disagreements with China on pressing security issues cloud the outlook for cooperation between the world powers. At high-level talks in Washington, China was intent on setting a positive tone...