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The Latest on Train Derailment: 5,000 Evacuated in Tennessee

July 2, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Officials in Maryville, Tennessee, say an evacuation is expected to last at least until Friday, after a CSX train car carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire.

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Germany Phasing Out Some Worst-Polluting Coal Plants by 2020

July 2, 2015 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The German government is scrapping plans for a levy on the most-polluting coal-fired power stations and will instead phase some of the plants out.

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Arizona Copper Mine Stirs Debate Pitting Profits vs Religion

July 2, 2015 4:48 pm | by RYAN VAN VELZER, Associated Press | Comments

Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.

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How 5 Gulf Coast States Will Divide The BP Oil Spill Settlement

July 2, 2015 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement is not assigned to any particular state. Here's how the state-specific money breaks down, with payments to states being made over nearly two decades:

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FourPoint Energy Buying Well Assets For $840M

July 2, 2015 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The sellers are subsidiaries of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp.

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Robot Kills Technician At German VW Plant

July 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A technician died from injuries sustained while working on a robot at Volkswagen's factory in Kessel, Germany, according to media reports.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Challenges EPA's Clean-Air Plan

July 2, 2015 10:02 am | by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | Comments

A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

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Gulf States Reach $18.7B Settlement With BP Over Oil Spill

July 2, 2015 9:59 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

The settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties after millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf.

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Hospital: 7 Injured From Incident at Petroleum Center

July 2, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A hospital confirmed that seven people were injured on Wednesday, two of them critically, from an incident at a petroleum distribution center in northeast Nebraska that one witness said produced large flames and black smoke.

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Oregon Senators Pass Bill Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Toys

July 2, 2015 9:46 am | by SHEILA V KUMAR, Associated Press | Comments

Oregon senators took steps to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products and toys when they approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to build a list of chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde, found in items made for kids under the age of 12.

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Train Derailment, Fire Prompts Evacuation in Tennessee

July 2, 2015 9:42 am | by STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Comments

A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting the evacuation of thousands within a 2-mile radius.

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Report: Fracking is Helping Manufacturing Costs Drop Below China

July 2, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Rising wages in China and increased industrial productivity in the U.S. contributed to that trend, but the report cited hydraulic fracturing as the primary reason for the shift in costs.

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DuPont Finishes Chemours Performance Chemicals Unit Spin Off

July 1, 2015 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

DuPont has completed a plan it announced in 2013 to spin off its performance chemicals unit into a separate business named The Chemours Co.

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Judge Orders Colorado Oilman to Pay $16.8M in Legal Fees

July 1, 2015 3:28 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge in Wyoming says a Colorado oilman must pay $16.8 million to reimburse energy companies for legal fees they incurred defending his unsuccessful lawsuits against them.

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Report Accuses Food Industry of Tobacco-Style Tactics

July 1, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report alleges that large food and agribusiness companies like Monsanto, Dow Chemical and DuPont directed hundreds of millions of dollars toward public relations efforts from "funding fake science to paying experts to denounce public health findings."

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Federal Judge Rules Maui County Ban on GMO Crops Invalid

July 1, 2015 9:55 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

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