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Alcoa Leads As Stocks Open Higher

April 9, 2014 11:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Aluminum maker Alcoa rose the most of major U.S. stocks after reporting earnings that were better than investors were expecting. Alcoa rose 3 percent in early trading. Other materials stocks also rose.                   

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SD Farmers Raise Issues With Oil Trains

April 9, 2014 11:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Some South Dakota farmers say North Dakota's Bakken oil field has created a shortage of rail engines and crews to move harvested grain to market.                         

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BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents  MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press   BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a high

Feds Call For Two-Man Crews On Oil Trains

April 9, 2014 11:14 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators say they will propose requiring at least two crew members on trains transporting crude oil, as well as regulations aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident.                         

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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.

Regulators Side With Duke Energy In Appeal

April 9, 2014 11:11 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                          

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Health Dept. Joins WV Chemical Spill Lawsuit

April 9, 2014 11:07 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans to join the city of Charleston in suing over a spill that contaminated 300,000 West Virginians' water supply.                                               

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EFSA Seeks Food Safety Experts

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

EFSA is urging scientists to make a difference to Europe’s food safety system by joining its teams of risk assessment experts.                                                  

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Summer Gas Prices Expected To Mimic 2013

April 9, 2014 10:30 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

Drivers are expected to pay an average $3.57 per gallon for regular gasoline this summer, close to last year's level, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's April Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook.          

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Oil Over $101 On Renewed Interest In Ukraine

April 8, 2014 11:13 am | by PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil climbed above $101 a barrel Tuesday, supported by renewed unrest in eastern Ukraine and as traders awaited weekly data on U.S. crude stockpiles.                                      

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Rio Tinto Gives Away Pebble Mine Shares

April 8, 2014 11:04 am | by BECKY BOHRER, MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press | Comments

A major shareholder of a company behind a contentious Alaska mine project announced it was giving its shares away to two Alaska charitable organizations, at least one of which belongs to a larger group that has come out publicly against the project.

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Copper Mine Drops Tunnel Plans

April 8, 2014 10:59 am | by MATT VOLZ, Associated Press | Comments

A mining company dropped plans to dig a mile-long tunnel for a copper development project near the Smith River after two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the proposal, state environmental regulators said Monday.                

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U.S. Steel Plant Resumes Limited Operations

April 8, 2014 10:56 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

U.S. Steel says its largest mill is on limited production, after a shortage of vital iron ore due to the ice covering Lake Superior had temporarily shut down its furnaces.                                   

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James River Coal Files Chapter 11

April 8, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

James River Coal Co. says it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of its efforts to turn around its business.                                          

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22 Miners Still Trapped

April 8, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Rescuers struggled Tuesday to pump water from a coal mine in southern China where 22 miners have been trapped for more than a day.                              

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U.S. Sailors Sue Japanese Utility Over Radiation

April 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.

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"Poison Spring" Details Dirty EPA History

April 8, 2014 10:34 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | Comments

E.G. Vallianatos' complaints about the heavy influence that large corporations wield over the U.S. government and environmental policy won't be news to anyone. What is surprising and depressing in "Poison Spring," however, is when that influence began, especially over the regulation of pesticides.

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