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'Epic' Storm Slams Alaskan Coast

A storm one National Weather Service meteorologist described as of "epic proportions" hammered the coast of Alaska Wednesday, knocking out power and forcing residents out of flooded areas. Carven Scott of the NWS talks about the storm and how residents are coping.
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N.Y. Plant's Neighbors Expose Regulatory Gaps

After residents of Tonawanda became sick, they rallied to fight high levels of hazardous chemicals emitting from a dilapidated plant. In doing so, they revealed weaknesses in the way the EPA regulates air pollution.
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Regulators Limit Menhaden Fishing

Fishing regulators are restricting the harvest of the menhaden to try to rebuild its population in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Flying Rhinos: Photos You Don't See Every Day

Researchers use a new, gentler technique to transport 19 rhinos out of a poacher-plagued region in South Africa.
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Virginia Excluded From Offshore Drilling List

Areas off the Virginia coast were not included in an Obama Administration offshore drilling plan that was released yesterday.

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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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