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EPA Says 21 Counties in Nine States Now Meet New Air-Quality Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that 21 counties in nine states are being removed from the government's watch list of areas in the country with the dirtiest air. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Presses China to Invest in Cleaner Energy

A U.S. energy official was in Beijing on Wednesday seeking Chinese investment to build the first zero-emissions coal-fired power plant. >> Read the Full Article

New Cotton Fabric May Absorb Toxins

Cotton, the fabric of your life, could soon have the potential to save it. Scientists at Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health on Monday unveiled a new composite cotton fabric they say will protect against biological and chemical agents. >> Read the Full Article

Insurers Drop Backing for Asbestos Trust Fund, but Other Businesses Groups Renew Their Support

A group of insurance companies have rescinded their backing for Senate legislation that would end asbestos liability lawsuits in exchange for a victims trust fund, but other business groups moved quickly Tuesday to restate their support for a compromise trust fund bill. >> Read the Full Article

House Panel Revives U.S. Energy Bill

A House committee Tuesday dusted off an energy bill that backers say will boost U.S. oil and natural gas production but critics deride as a bonanza for oil companies with no immediate relief for consumer pocketbooks. >> Read the Full Article

Canadian Automakers Volunteer to Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A landmark agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 percent over the next five years was formally signed Tuesday by the Canadian government and the country's automobile industry. >> Read the Full Article

Company Proposes Massive Development for Maine's North Woods

One of the nation's biggest landowners has filed a plan to develop nearly 1,000 camp lots and two resorts in the North Woods of Maine, an area where Henry David Thoreau roamed 150 years ago. >> Read the Full Article

Shipper's Waste Dumping Draws Big Fine

Owners of one of the world's largest cargo-shipping businesses -- a company for which the Port of Tacoma last year built a 171-acre terminal -- agreed yesterday to pay $25 million in fines for secretly dumping oil into the oceans and repeatedly doctoring log books to cover it up. >> Read the Full Article

Rolls-Royce in Venture to Develop Fuel Cell-Based Power System

Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce plc signed an agreement Wednesday with a Singapore consortium that includes several Singapore government-linked entities to jointly invest US$100 million in a new venture to develop a commercially viable power system based on fuel cell technology. >> Read the Full Article

Study Suggests Salmon Thrived Above Klamath Dams

Based on a review of historical and archaeological evidence, a group of federal biologists has concluded that salmon definitely spawned in waters far above a series of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River that have blocked fish since 1917. >> Read the Full Article