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  • OTTAWA, March 26- Canada's Conservative government has given the energy regulator about a year to deliver up-to-date guidelines for pipeline companies to improve safety and protect the environment. Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford instructed the National Energy Board to study the issue and report its findings with new safety guidelines by next...

  • BOISE, Idaho— Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. Monsanto in a statement noted there were no allegations that the releases exceeded state of federal standards, or that they contributed to any known health concerns in the Soda Springs area.

  • RENO, Nev.— An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company. The agreement comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approaches a fall...

  • Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The lawmakers' complaints were aired Thursday during a House subcommittee hearing called...

  • SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.— The New Jersey shore amusement pier that became an iconic image of Superstorm Sandy when the storm knocked its roller coaster into the ocean will be rebuilt— on dry land and not over the surf. The owners of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights have submitted plans to the state Department of Environmental Protection seeking to expand the pier on...

  • House GOP issues subpoena for EPA chief's text messages Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 4:56 PM ET

    Lamar Smith, R- Texas, said he was left with no alternative but to issue the subpoena after the EPA refused to provide complete records in response to the committee's repeated requests for all emails and text messages sent by McCarthy and other top officials. While McCarthy sent nearly 6,000 text messages over the past several years, he said, only one was turned...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration's refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The provision does not explicitly state whether the EPA was required to include...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Wednesday as it weighed whether the Obama administration had to consider costs before deciding whether to regulate emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. Justice Anthony Kennedy could be a possible swing vote on the nine-justice...

  • Feds investigate safety of Lumber Liquidators flooring Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:11 AM ET

    The agency is working with other federal organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Federal Trade Commission. The move comes after a report on CBS' "60 Minutes" earlier this month that said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde,...

  • MUTTAGI, India— Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and...

  • BRUSSELS— Two environmental groups say European Union nations continue to overfish their Atlantic waters despite commitments to fish sustainably and stay within safe scientific limits. Studies from the two obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press ahead of their release show that almost two out of three limits for catches in the waters off...

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:24 AM ET

    Several conservative justices questioned whether EPA should have taken costs into account when it first decided to regulate hazardous air pollutants from power plants, or whether health risks are the only consideration under the Clean Air Act. The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions...

  • The wide-ranging bill would stop farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields. The measure would be the first passed in an effort to slow the spread of the algae since August, when a toxin contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Jim Zehringer, the...

  • AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:12 AM ET

    BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:37 AM ET

    BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The nine justices are due to hear a 90- minute oral argument on...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. It is being targeted by Michigan and 20 other states in...

  • A 3- ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said. The production line in Broken Arrow that makes the flavors has been stopped, but work continues in other parts of that plant. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas, became ill with listeriosis while hospitalized at some...

  • Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Duke Energy will appeal a $25.1 million fine by North Carolina environmental regulators over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. Duke Energy said Tuesday that it will file a formal appeal with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings by April 9.