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  • FACTBOX-Proposed U.S. nuclear power reactors Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    July 24- Southern Co, a power company, said it hopes to announce plans to build more nuclear reactors by the end of the year, a spokesman said late Wednesday.

  • Oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard early Thursday, but it alarmed environmentalists. "This is a warning of how dangerous this could be," said Kerry McHugh, communications director for the Washington Environmental Council.

  • July 24- Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday.

  • Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:29 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— Officials need to improve communication with residents of North Dakota's booming oil patch during potentially dangerous situations, an emergency manager and residents said, after an oil field service supply facility storing toxic chemicals exploded this week and authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours.

  • "EPA goes beyond the plain reading of Clean Air Act Section 111 directing states to achieve questionable emission reduction targets from a limited menu of economically damaging and legally questionable' options'," said Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, the committee's top Republican.

  • BRUSSELS, July 23- The European Commission on Wednesday put forward a target to improve energy savings by 30 percent as part of efforts to curb EU reliance on Russian gas imports.

  • EU seeks energy efficiency to ease Russia gas link Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.

  • BRUSSELS, July 23- The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to put forward a target to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent as part of a package of climate and energy policy for 2030, EU sources said.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- The United States on Wednesday honored six development projects for helping some of the world's most politically fragile countries or poorest people, including a railway in Afghanistan and basic health and water services in Yemen.

  • BEIJING, July 23- Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be decommissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency. Xinhua said the authorities had shut down the Gaojing Thermal Power Plant's six 100 megawatt generating units.

  • EPA chief in hot seat as lawmakers dissect carbon rule Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    The hearing takes place a week before the EPA holds a series of public meetings on its carbon plan in Denver, Pittsburgh, Washington and Atlanta. The group also telegraphed potential legal action, arguing the EPA had overstepped the bounds of the Clean Air Act to draft its complex rule.

  • Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 2:32 AM ET

    WILLISTON, N.D.— When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air. State records show that the facility stored dozens of chemicals, many of which likely burned in the fire according to Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy.

  • 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.