"Federal prosecutors widened their investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina, demanding reams of documents and ordering nearly 20 state environmental agency employees to testify before a grand jury."
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- Source: AP, 02/20/2014
"Tesla Motors Inc., posting fourth-quarter results that beat analyst estimates, is gearing up for further growth with plans to raise Model S sedan production 56 percent this year and to build a massive battery plant."Source: Bloomberg, 02/20/2014
"Less than three years after signing legislation opening up Ohio state parks and forests to fracking, Gov. John Kasich now opposes the controversial horizontal drilling for oil and gas on public lands."Source: Columbus Dispatch, 02/20/2014
"If an oil train explosion on the scale of last year's deadly crash in Quebec roiled a U.S. town, would railroads have enough emergency personnel and equipment ready to respond? In most cases, transportation regulators don't know."Source: Energy, 02/20/2014
"But consumers didn’t learn about the ‘hazardous’ levels until a state agency closed the fishing area."Source: Portland Press Herald, 02/20/2014
"Eight-month investigation reveals that the Texas State Legislature is more intent on protecting the industry than protecting residents' health."Source: InsideClimate, Ctr Public Integrity, TWC, 02/19/2014
"UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — President Obama on Tuesday ordered the development of tough new fuel standards for the nation’s fleet of heavy-duty trucks as part of what aides say will be an increasingly muscular and unilateral campaign to tackle climate change through the use of the president’s executive power."Source: NY Times, 02/19/2014
"RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill."
"Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is urging federal health officials immediately to conduct more lab studies on the chemicals that spilled into a public water supply last month. The governor also asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its partners for guidance on long-term health monitoring for the nine counties exposed to the chemicals."
"WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is set to announce on Wednesday that he will finish a $6.5 billion loan guarantee this week and another soon for $1.8 billion to help three Georgia electric companies build the first new nuclear reactors in the United States in three decades."
"The head of nuclear safety for the cleanup of the former nuclear weapons site at Hanford, Wash., was fired Tuesday after allegations she made over several years that the construction project was ignoring serious safety problems."Source: LA Times, 02/19/2014
"Bitter cold in the United States might appear to contradict the notion of global warming, but with Britain's wettest winter and Australia's hottest summer, extreme weather events have pushed climate change back on the political agenda."Source: Reuters, 02/19/2014
"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s frustration with U.S. President Barack Obama’s failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline may make this installment of the North America summit, known as the “Three Amigos,” the frostiest since the annual meetings began almost a decade ago."Source: Bloomberg, 02/19/2014
"Top advisers to Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) were aware of a plan that the state's Department of Natural Resources was undertaking to target the "eco-left" as it pushed forward on efforts to promote drilling in state parks and forests, the Associated Press reports."Source: Huffington Post, 02/19/2014
"Glowing reindeer can be spotted in northern Finland thanks to a reflective spray which makes them more visible in a bid to prevent car accidents, Finnish reindeer breeders said on Tuesday."Source: AFP, 02/19/2014