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DuPont Co. spokesman Aaron Woods on Wednesday said no workers were hurt at the DuPont Sabine (suh-BEEN') River Works in Orange. Woods says the emergency shutdown Tuesday night has closed one polyethylene unit amid the company investigation into the incide

Trian Wants DuPont To Split Its Business

September 17, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP wants DuPont to separate its business into two companies in an effort to boost shareholder value and improve its financial performance.                                            

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U.S. Current Account Deficit Dips

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.                                         

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CMS To Spend $1B To Cut Emssions

September 17, 2014 10:36 am | by DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department announced that CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints.                                         

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Fracking Study Finds No Water Pollution

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.                           

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Natural Gas Company Seeks Federal Approval For Pipeline

September 17, 2014 10:14 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | Comments

An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition.                             

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Senator Asks Congress To Suspend Coal Sales

September 17, 2014 10:11 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. senator said he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program.                                     

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Cargill To Close Corn Milling Plant

September 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Cargill will close its corn milling plant in Memphis, Tennessee early next year, citing its location outside of the corn belt and under utilization.                                                   

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Grants Extension On Power Plant Pollution Plan

September 17, 2014 10:02 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants.                     

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China Rig Finds Gas After Vietnam Standoff

September 16, 2014 10:41 am | by IAN MADER, Associated Press | Comments

The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced today.                               

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North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Energy To Spend $500M On Solar Power

September 16, 2014 10:34 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | Comments

Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in solar power to meet North Carolina's requirement that more of its electricity come from renewable energy.                                                               

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Nestle Purina Plant Investigation Begins

September 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                                 

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EPA Continues Push For Water Rules

September 16, 2014 10:22 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.

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PG&E Officials Resign Over Improper Emails

September 16, 2014 10:11 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Emails showing California regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appearing to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases led the state's top regulator to remove himself from two PG&E cases and four senior officials on both sides to resign.

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WV Spill Hearings Postponed For A Year

September 16, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won't get a hearing for another year.                                     

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Leaky Wells, Not Fracking, Taint Water

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead.                                            

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Groups Appeal Decision On Oil-Train Facility

September 15, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Several environmental groups are appealing a decision by Skagit County officials that they say will allow a proposal for an oil-train facility at an Anacortes refinery to move forward without a serious review of the risks.                           

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