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  • Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:46 PM ET

    BOSTON— In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. BOSTON— Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in...

  • Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    The complaint covers Plum Creek logging in Oregon's Coast Range, citing 11 civil citations over the past six years for violating state logging regulations, including four citations for exceeding the clear-cutting limit of 120 acres. The complaint includes Google Earth images showing landslides in areas stripped of trees by Plum Creek.

  • Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Quinnipiac University Poll's Mickey Carroll said the political impact is likely to be limited and the decision was predictable.

  • "If people think this is just to raise the flag, it's not going to last long," said Christopher Flensborg, Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, the Swedish bank that's the world's largest underwriter of green bonds. Green bonds used to come exclusively from AAA-rated organizations like the World Bank; the...

  • The indictment, made public on Wednesday, accused the company and its former president and officers of negligence and fraud in the discharge of a chemical pollutant into the Elk River near Charleston in alleged violation of the Clean Water Act, Refuse Act and in violation of an environmental permit. The indictment named former Freedom President Gary Southern,...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 17- Chevron Corp is putting a plan to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea in Canada's Arctic on hold indefinitely because of what it called "economic uncertainty in the industry" as oil prices fall. In a letter to Canada's National Energy Board on Wednesday, the company withdrew from a hearing on Arctic drilling rules because it has walked away...

  • Frack ban coming to New York? Looks like it... Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 PM ET
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    NY will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has...

  • EU lawmakers fail to approve tar sands oil veto Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Dec 17- An attempt by some European politicians to veto the import of tar sands oil failed on Wednesday after a European Parliament vote, giving a boost to Canada but dismaying green campaigners. After years of lobbying from Canada, the European Commission published a new plan in October on reporting the greenhouse gas intensity of transport fuels.

  • AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rules Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy. McConnell takes over the Senate leadership and its new Republican majority in January. Asked if the Senate had any obligation to...

  • Indictments in West Virginia chemical spill case Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charged ex- Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell and two others with failing to ensure that the company operated in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner the steel tank that leaked the coal-cleaning chemical. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that the tank...

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • Washington governor proposes carbon pollution cap Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The proposal must be approved by the Legislature and is certain to face resistance. Republicans, who will have outright control of the Senate next year, have voiced opposition.

  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in connection with a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. The 2012 outbreak was traced to tainted drug injections manufactured by the now-closed New England Compounding Center of Framingham.

  • Inslee wants carbon tax to fund transportation Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Overlooking the state Route 520 floating bridge project, Washington Gov. "It's a pretty elegant solution for the state of Washington. The state will face a 52 percent drop in its maintenance budget and 71 bridges will become structurally deficient if the Legislature is not able to pass a transportation budget in the 2015 session, he said.

  • Beautycounter, a seller of skincare and cosmetics, was founded in Santa Monica in 2013 by Gregg Renfrew, the company's chief executive. Its products, including Beautycounter's popular glow sugar scrub, vibrant eye perfector and routine clean cream cleanser, are sold through independent consultants, e-commerce and partners like retail chain J. Crew and...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- Increasingly controversial environmental issues in Australia and a global slump in commodity prices are putting pressure on Australia's A $1.8 trillion pension fund industry to adopt socially responsible investing policies- including a restriction on funding fossil fuels. Ethical funds have grown to more than A $150 billion this year from...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The Obama administration as soon as Wednesday will announce its plans for curbing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, which the United States must do to meet its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, people familiar with the issue said Tuesday. The government reaffirmed that goal last week at U.N. climate talks in Lima.

  • Kansas firm moves ahead on wind as rule is debated Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas' largest electric company announced plans Tuesday to buy power from a wind farm under development to meet a state renewable-energy mandate, as legislators prepared for another debate over repealing the requirement. Westar Energy Inc. said it expects Cedar Bluffs in Ness and Trego counties in western Kansas to start generating power by the...

  • Dec 16- California pension plans would divest all assets related to the coal industry under a measure the leader of the state senate said he will propose to reduce support for an industry that critics blame for contributing to climate change. He had just returned from United Nations talks in Lima, Peru on international efforts to fight climate change.