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  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to...

  • Shell to discuss petrochemical plant proposal

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shell Oil Co. plans to hold public meetings Wednesday to discuss the possibility of building a huge petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania. In early 2012, Shell chose a site about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh for the possible multibillion-dollar plant, and the...

  • Oil falls ahead of Ukraine meeting, US supply data

    The price of oil fell Tuesday ahead of talks aimed at defusing tensions over Ukraine and the latest report on U.S. oil supplies. Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery slid 30 cents to close at $103.75 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, the Nymex contract rose 31 cents. Brent...

  • Southern agrees to coal research with Chinese firm

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Southern Co. has signed a deal with a state-owned Chinese coal and energy company to help develop coal technologies, based in part on the coal gasification and carbon capture technology that Southern subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. is deploying at the $5 billion Kemper...

  • Court upholds convictions in Ky. oil drilling scam

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that prosecutors presented enough evidence...

  • Reno unveils 4 new electric buses; $500K savings

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Transportation officials in Reno have added to their fleet four new buses that run solely on electric batteries. The buses are quieter, cleaner and cheaper than their gasoline-powered counterparts, according to officials for the Regional Transit Commission who expect to save...

  • Md. probes energy suppliers amid cost complaints

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Public Service Commission says it's investigating five retail energy suppliers amid customer complaints about high gas and electricity bills last winter. One of the companies, Major Energy Services of Orangeburg, N.Y., said Tuesday it didn't do anything wrong. It...

  • Court rejects challenge to mercury emissions rule

    A federal court upheld an Environmental Protection Agency rule that limits mercury and other toxic air emissions from power plants Tuesday, delivering a victory for the Obama administration and a blow to industry groups fighting the regulation.

  • German company starts gas deliveries to Ukraine

    BERLIN (AP) — German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine, a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries. The reverse-flow deliveries from Germany via Poland are...

  • Energy Department IT system is deeply flawed, IG finds

    An information technology program pushed by the Department of Energy is going over budget and past deadline, the agency's inspector general has found.

  • Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts

    TOKYO (AP) — Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members vowed Tuesday to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that ordered the country to halt its Antarctic whaling program. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told the...

  • Fighting threatens an oil center in South Sudan

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Rebel fighters in South Sudan claimed Tuesday that they captured the capital of an oil-rich state, and they issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. U.N. peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before...

  • Oil falls below $104 ahead of Ukraine meeting

    The price of oil fell Tuesday ahead of talks in Switzerland that might help defuse tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine. Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was down 68 cents to $103.39 at 0650 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 31...

  • Killing of environmental activists rises globally

    BANGKOK (AP) — As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him. A...

  • Top Democratic lawmaker backs off 'carbon tax'

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed...



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