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  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday invalidated a key Obama administration environmental regulation aimed at limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The court sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which will then ask the EPA to reconsider...

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage, when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions by 90 percent. The rules, which took effect in April, will remain in place while the case goes back to a lower court for the EPA to decide how to account for costs, environmental advocates say. Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said the EPA was...

  • Court rules against Obama administration in EPA case Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington.

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Obama administration failed to consider costs when deciding to regulate mercury pollution.

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration should have considered costs when it issued a key environmental regulation to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

  • BRUSSELS— The prime minister of China, the European Union's No. 2 trading partner, called Monday on Greece and its creditors to reach a last-minute deal that will allow Greece to remain in the eurozone. "Whether Greece stays within the euro is not only a question that concerns Europe, but also concerns China and Europe," Li Keqiang told reporters at the end of an...

  • WASHINGTON— Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. In the dispute over the lethal-injection drug, midazolam was used in Arizona, Ohio and...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected bids by BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp to avoid penalties under federal pollution law in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The high court left in place a June 2014 ruling by the New Orleans- based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the companies were liable for civil...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected bids by BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp to avoid penalties under federal pollution law in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

  • NEW ORLEANS— The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the owners of the blown-out Macondo well could not avoid federal fines for the spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.

  • *China to make investment, climate pledges. *China says not dropping its euro zone bond holdings. BRUSSELS/ BEIJING, June 29- China promised the European Union on Monday it would hold on to its euro zone debt, Chinese state media reported, saying the Greek debt crisis was Beijing's problem too.

  • But he said Colstrip for now remains a solid performer that delivers a profit for the Pennsylvania- based company that assumed operations of Colstrip earlier this month, prompting speculation about its intentions for the 360- worker plant. But we still have Colstrip as part of our plan going forward. " The fate of Colstrip carries symbolic weight because of its...

  • "We're starting to have some concern that some of them could go dry," said Geological Survey scientist Roy Bartholomay. Practices in past decades at the 890- square-mile U.S. Department of Energy facility that opened in 1949 and is now called the Idaho National Laboratory included pumping radioactive waste underground. The Department of Energy in an emailed...

  • BEIJING, June 29- Northern China's Hebei, the country's biggest steelmaking province, produced 16.11 million tonnes of the material in May, down 2.4 percent on the year, hit by weak underlying demand and a seasonal construction downturn. China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is about to release details of a plan to curb nationwide capacity by...

  • EU tries to look beyond Greece to deepen China ties Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 | 6:00 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, June 29- The European Union will briefly put aside worries about Greece to broaden its relations with China at a summit in Brussels on Monday, hoping for Chinese investment in Europe's new infrastructure fund and support for a global climate deal. "This meeting will send a positive signal that China and the EU can push growth through reform and...

  • MILWAUKEE— A proposed hog "megafarm" in northern Wisconsin is raising concerns among some residents that millions of gallons of pig manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior. An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay. If plans are approved by state and federal...

  • VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people of different religions to work together in caring for the Earth, which he called our "common house." Speaking from his window in a Vatican palazzo to tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, Francis singled out a few hundred people who had marched to St. The Vatican is putting on a panel Wednesday to draw...

  • Turf wars: How this $40B industry helps and hurts Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Sheep Meadow in Central Park is a mixture of four types of turfgrass.

    There are acres of green turf around the country, but lawn maintenance has stirred a debate about its environmental impact.

  • SHANGHAI— Police in China's financial hub Shanghai took away at least three busloads of environmental protesters outside the municipal government Saturday, preventing the latest rally that started with a rumor that a petrochemical plant could move into the area. In the latest case, thousands of residents in the Shanghai suburban district of Jinshan have...

  • LOS ANGELES— Firefighters investigating a reported petroleum stench at a California beach last month didn't take long to find a spill— oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. An employee at the scene for Plains All American Pipeline initially suggested to firefighters that the spill "was too big to be from their pipeline," according to the documents...

  • LOS ANGELES— A petroleum pipeline company said Friday that oil from a Santa Barbara, California, spill spread more than 100 miles to Los Angeles County beaches. Plains All American Pipeline said that oil from its pipeline was found as far away as Redondo Beach. The Houston- based company and state officials said earlier in the week that oil from the May 19 spill had...