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Supreme Court rejects new challenge to Obama air pollution rule

SC rejects challenge to Obama mercury banThe Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider conservative states’ third request to overturn a sweeping Obama administration air pollution rule.

The states, led by Michigan and joined by numerous business and energy interests, told the court that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012 mercury and air toxics standards rule for coal-fired power plants is illegal, and a lower court erred when it refused to overturn the regulation.

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EPA to get greater control over chemicals used in everyday products

EPA gets control over everyday chemicalsThe Environmental Protection Agency will have increased power over the regulation of thousands of chemicals after President Barack Obama signs into law a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, which is heading to Obama's desk for signature, is considered by its authors, many politicians and environmental groups to be one of the most significant environmental measures Congress has passed in decades. Obama has indicated he intends to sign the bill into law.

Under the new legislation, the EPA will be be given more information about chemicals manufacturers wish to sell before approving use.

TVNL Comment:  Better late than never, - and yet the GOP is vowing to dismantle the EPA.  Someone explain that, please.

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The Green Energy Future: NYC Leads the Way

NYC leads in green energySure, New York City is famous for being the city that never sleeps. But, in the 21st century, the Big Apple is something more: it’s the city that’s leading the way forward.

In matters cultural and economic, New York has long played a central role among its fellow global “megacities.” Now, as New York continues to develop into one of the most progressive and innovative global cities in terms of sustainability, clean energy, and green initiatives, you can add environmental policy to the list of areas on which the city is on the forefront.

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California wildfire forces 5,000 to evacuate

California wildfireHundreds of firefighters are battling a wild fire in Los Angeles County as helicopters dump water on the blaze and thousands evacuate the area.

The wildfire broke out Saturday afternoon burning about 500 acres in and around Calabasas -- a relatively affluent area that is home to a few celebrities, including Jessica Simpson and Toni Braxton, CNN reported.

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Lightning strikes injure at least 51 at German rock music festival

Lightning strikes at German concertAt least 51 festival goers were injured, eight seriously, after being struck by lightning at the popular Rock am Ring festival in western Germany.

Some reports say over 70 attendees were injured from the strikes.

News of the damaging strike comes after over a week of unruly weather and record-breaking floods throughout much of central Europe, including France, Ukraine and parts of Germany.

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Philadelphia water department faces class action lawsuit over water testing

Philadephia water department suedThe Philadelphia water department, accused by some experts of having water testing “worse than Flint”, is facing a class action lawsuit and a lead-testing campaign mounted by citizens concerned about water quality.

On Thursday, hours after the Guardian published an investigation into the water-testing practices of 33 cities east of the Mississippi river, the Hagens Berman law firm announced a class action lawsuit against Philadelphia, based in part on the city’s outdated test practices.

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Flash floods continue in France and Germany

Floods in Germany and FranceFlash floods and overflowing rivers continue to bring misery to parts of Germany and France. The weather pattern that has been sitting over central Europe for a week has spawned daily storms. Slow-moving and large thunderclouds have brought hail, violent wind gusts and torrential rain to both plain and mountain.

The most recent areas to be hit were southern Germany and central France.

The German town of Simbach am Inn, in Bavaria and on the Austrian border, suffered badly as water came rushing through the streets. The torrent carried mud, trees, cars and any other debris picked up en route.

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