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Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Against the backdrop of several fiery derailments, safety advocates are questioning whether new federal rules meant to prevent incidents go far enough. Opponents say the new rules are too costly.
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Elected Officials, Dominion Divided Over How To Clean Up 50 Years Of Pollution

EPA rules will force Dominion Power to clean up ponds that they've used for years as a dumping ground for coal ash, but environmental advocates say measures have to go farther to protect the state's drinking water.


America's Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground

When it comes to improving the standard of living for Americans, the middle class could use some help. One Harvard economist says the help is underground, in the form of oil and natural gas.

EPA, Farmers Divided Over Proposed Ethanol Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing big changes to renewable fuel policy to spur growth in low-carbon fuels made from crops other than corn.

Los Angeles Oil Blobs Could Be Related To Santa Barbara Spill

Last month's oil spill along the coast near Santa Barbara could be more far reaching than originally thought. The number of dead wildlife being recovered continues to grow by the day.

Burst Oil Pipeline In California Severely Corroded, Investigators Say

Preliminary findings show that almost half of a section of pipeline that ruptured last month near Santa Barbara was worn away.

Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.
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What If Pepco Was Replaced With A City-Owned Electric Utility?

While the D.C. Council weighs the merger of power companies Exelon and Pepco, one D.C. Council member wants to study the feasability of a municipally-owned utility a la Seattle or Los Angeles.


Oregon To Test Switching To Mileage-Based Gas Tax

So far, it's a voluntary program. But as cars become more fuel efficient, the state could expand it, if it proves to be a successful way of offsetting stagnant gas tax revenues.

California's Drought Makes It Rain Big Bucks For Local Businesses

"Every crisis is an opportunity." That's exactly how some entrepreneurs are looking at California's worsening drought; the drier it gets, the more their business thrives.