EPA to regulate coal ash amid court settlement

By Kristen Lombardi

Facing a legal challenge from Earthjustice and others, the EPA agrees to set a plan by year's end to regulate coal ash.

Energy Department 'bet' on Fisker Automotive ends in bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene

An Energy Department program meant to spur development of electric cars faces another setback with Fisker Chapter 11 filing.

EPA under the gun to regulate coal ash

By Kristen Lombardi

Environmental Protection Agency faces new pressure to regulate disposal of the toxic waste for the first time after a judge's decision.

Battle brews over Obama renewable energy plan

By Sam Pearson

President Obama's renewable energy plan would expand large-scale solar and wind projects on public lands in the West.

New scrutiny of 'longwall' mining finds damage in Pennsylvania streams

By Kristen Lombardi

In Pennsylvania, state regulators say 'longwall mining' has permanently damaged several streams -- a finding with potentially deeper impact.

As EPA delays new coal ash rules, residents turn to the courts for relief

By Kristen Lombardi

Across the country, residents are challenging the health impact of coal ash ponds -- bringing lawsuits as EPA delays new rules.

State settlement boosts monitoring at massive coal ash dump bordering two states

By Chris Hamby

One of the nation’s largest impoundments of the often-toxic byproducts of burning coal must stop accepting waste by 2016.

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

IMPACT: Environmental groups sue EPA over lack of coal ash regulation

By Emma Schwartz

Groups sue EPA over lack of coal ash regulation.

Audit cites risk in DOE loan program

By Ronnie Greene

A new audit of the Department of Energy’s $34 billion loan guarantee program said the agency doesn’t always follow its own rules

Fukushima disaster anniversary finds U.S. nuclear regulation debate still raging

By Corbin Hiar

On anniversary of the disaster, nuclear supporters and opponents dispute its lessons for U.S. regulators

Energy-backed firms award bonuses, file bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

The DOE financed green energy companies that later fell into bankruptcy — but not before the firms awarded big executive bonuses

TransCanada, developer of controversial pipeline, boosts lobbying spending

By Corbin Hiar

Keystone XL backers spent more than $400,000 lobbying for the pipeline in the last quarter

Keystone XL pipeline rejection a setback for Canadian tar sands development

By Corbin Hiar

Keystone XL pipeline rejection won't stop the development of Canada's carbon-rich fuel

Coal ash spills into Lake Michigan after bluff collapse

By Sarah Whitmire

A bluff collapse dumps hazardous waste from WI power plant into Lake Michigan

Republicans score another symbolic defeat for EPA — this time over toxic coal ash

By Alexandra Duszak

Lack of federal oversight of coal ash cleanup continues with recent House legislation

New GOP target at EPA: Graduate student interns who are tools of Obama’s 'radical policies'

By Alexandra Duszak

Koch Industry’s hometown congressman complains of wasting $30,000 on “tools” of White House agenda

Nuclear miscalculation: Why regulators miss power plant threats from quakes and storms

By Susan Q. Stranahan

Recent spate of ‘unlikely’ events - storms, hurricane and a quake - expose peril of relying on computer models in securing nuclear plants

Keystone pipeline fight: Wall Street is watching

By Corbin Hiar

White House approval of oil sands pipeline could spur investments in dirtier fossil fuels and worsen global warming

SLIDESHOW: The tar sands struggle

By Sarah Whitmire

Activists' fight against the Keystone XL pipeline leads to two high-profile arrests

Risk to nuclear plants in hurricane's path may not be what you think

By Corbin Hiar

Industry watchdogs concerned about power supplies - to reactors, not just homes

What are the risks of an earthquake beneath a reactor near you?

By Chris Hamby

Event underscores delay by NRC in revising understated seismic risks to nuclear plants

FACT CHECK: Anti-Obama ad based on "unsound" industry-funded study

By FactCheck.Org

Obama attack ad based on chemical, oil-funded study with little scientific relevancy

Federal fracking response could be years away

By Evan Bush

In safety demo, Halliburton worker swigs fracking fluid - a sign of industry assurance. Little stands in way of natural gas extraction boom.

What to expect from a President Perry on the environment? Some Texas-sized clues

By Jim Morris and Evan Bush

From denying climate change to stances against EPA and Supreme Court, Perry resists Washington and helped a billionaire donor.

IMPACT: Green groups challenge EPA's air pollution exemption for biomass power plants

By Ronnie Greene

Lawsuits challenge "politically favored" clean energy that isn't so clean - biomass plants

U.S. advisory group on fracking has abundant ties to energy industry

By Evan Bush

As first recommendations emerge, scientists seek ouster of a former CIA director on energy company boards

IG reports question management of contractors at nuclear sites

By Corbin Hiar

IGs highlight problems with contractor behavior at Sandia and K-25

IMPACT: House committee limits EPA ability to regulate coal ash

By Evan Bush

IMPACT: Democrats help GOP pass coal ash bill out of committee

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