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Fla. Utility Customers Pay Now For Future Power

Regulators in Florida recently gave two utilities permission to begin charging customers for nuclear plants that won't be completed for at least a decade. To encourage development of nuclear power, Florida allows utilities to charge customers upfront for the costs. Now there's a movement to rethink that policy.
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Australia Approves Tax On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Lawmakers in Australia have passed a law that will impose a tax on the country's top 500 polluters, and use the resulting funds to invest in clean energy. The legislation had a long and bitter passage through Parliament, and deeply divided Australians who are heavily reliant on coal-fired power plants.
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Biofuels Start To Take Off In The Airline Industry

This week, a Continental flight from Houston to Chicago used a biofuel blend made in part from algae, and Alaska Airlines will fly passengers using a fuel made in part from cooking oil. The fledgling environmental effort has many hurdles, as biofuel costs nearly six times as much as regular jet fuel.
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Stormwater Fee Proposed In Anne Arundel

A proposal in Anne Arundel county is aimed at tackling the costly problem of pollution caused by urban stormwater.

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Protesters Take Pipeline Fight To White House

Environmentalists are planning to encircle the White House Sunday to protest the Obama administration's expected support of a new pipeline through the Midwest to carry one of the dirtiest forms of oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. NPR's Richard Harris explains that the pipeline pits jobs against the environment.
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Oklahoma Town Battles Powdery Carbon Pollution

After 726 formal complaints, a union lockout, protests and lawsuits and settlements totaling about $20 million, residents in Ponca City no longer have daily struggles with carbon black.
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Nebraska May Play Key Role In Canada Pipeline Battle

TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline would cut through the Ogallala aquifer, a major water source that supplies about 80 percent of Nebraska's water for drinking and irrigation. Legislators have introduced bills preventing pipelines in environmentally sensitive areas.
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Secret 'Watch List' Reveals Failure To Curb Toxic Air

The system Congress set up 21 years ago to clean up poisonous air pollution still leaves many communities exposed to risky concentrations of benzene, formaldehyde, mercury and many other hazardous chemicals.
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Past Tropical Storms, Heavy Rains Killing Bay Oysters

Dead oysters are washing up on beds above the Chesapeake Bay, and watermen are blaming heavy rains and Tropical storms Lee and Irene.

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Chesapeake's Dead Zone May Be Improving

Scientists say heavy rains and high temperatures caused one of the worst dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay on record last summer, but things may be improving.

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