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Interim Storage Needed to Supplement Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump, House Subcommittee Says

A House spending panel is directing the Energy Department to start sending nuclear waste to an interim storage site next year, a shift from the Bush administration's focus on the troubled Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada. >> Read the Full Article

In School Cafeterias, Trash Piling High Despite Recycling Efforts

As students walk by with their lasagna, snacks and fruit, Sally Oswald sees a cafeteria routine that most parents do not. This is no lunch line. It's a trash line. Students at Hammond Elementary toss away half-eaten apples, untouched sandwiches and portions of pizza slices. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Virgin Islands Should Use Caribbean Sun, Switch to Solar Energy, Says Official

U.S. Virgin Islands residents ought to switch to solar power because of skyrocketing oil prices, an official said Thursday. The average electricity bill shot up 3.7 percent this month because of the rising cost of oil, which the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority burns to generate power. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: May 9th - 13th

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news May 9 - 13: The financial impact of global warming, a new manmade island project in the works, backpackers rally to clean up in the wake of the tsunami, and schools address lunchtime waste. >> Read the Full Article

Ameren to Spend up to $1.4 Billion on Pollution Control over Four Years

Utility Ameren Corp. plans to spend up to $1.4 billion over the next four years to bring coal-burning power plants in Missouri and Illinois into compliance with federal emissions guidelines. >> Read the Full Article

Pesticide Appearing in Watershed

Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency moved to phase out homeowner sales of diazinon, a popular lawn insecticide that posed human health risks and had shown up at elevated levels in Seattle-area streams. >> Read the Full Article

Gas Prices Starting to Ease

Gas prices have eased just as the traditional driving season begins in earnest. >> Read the Full Article

Ocean Trade Increasing, Say Participants in Miami, Fla., Trade Conference

Ocean trade is growing so fast across the Americas that seaports, railways, roads and other transport systems need to be expanded fast to handle the soaring cargo traffic. >> Read the Full Article

German Cabinet Approves Tax Breaks for Diesel Cars with Soot Filters

The German government on Wednesday approved plans to offer a tax break of up to euro350 (US$450) to owners of diesel-powered cars fitted with soot-blocking particle filters. >> Read the Full Article

Court Backs Cheney on Energy Meetings

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Vice President Dick Cheney will not have to release details about the role of energy executives in private meetings Cheney held to craft national energy strategies, a decision that probably brings an end to a long-running and politically charged lawsuit. >> Read the Full Article