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A new EPA proposal would lower the current national ozone standard for automobiles from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 or 70 ppb. Environmentalist are calling for even more stringent pollution caps. (Associated Press)

EPA to release new regulations to restrict ground-level ozone

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Thursday is expected to take what many expect to be the most costly and contentious step in his ambitious environmental agenda — the release of a gargantuan set of federal regulations to restrict ground-level ozone in the name of protecting Americans’ health.

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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard as new equipment arrives at Kalak refinery on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, as Kurdish authorities try to help ease the fuel shortage. (Associated Press)

Iraq oil feud renewed as cash-strapped Kurds turn backs on deal with Baghdad

Strapped for cash and increasingly frustrated with Baghdad's stingy disbursement of the federal budget, Iraq's autonomous Kurdish government has turned its back on a deal struck last year to patch over a long-standing oil feud between the Kurds and the federal government.

In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Danny Ruthenberg-Marshall, left, with 350 DC, and Lindsey Halvorson, a student at American University, pick up their signs after attending gathering with other opponents of Keystone XL oil pipeline in support of a veto of the legislation outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Keystone XL review drags on 5 times longer than average

- Associated Press

For 61/2 years, the White House has had a quick comeback to questions about its yet-to-be-announced decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline: Talk to the State Department.

This aerial photo shows reactors of No. 1, right, and No. 2, left, at the Sendai Nuclear Power Station in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture, southern Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, it had restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant as planned. The restart marks Japan's return to nuclear energy four-and-half-years after the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan following an earthquake and tsunami.(Kyodo News via AP)

Japan restarts reactor after break due to Fukushima

- Associated Press

A power plant operator in southern Japan restarted a nuclear reactor on Tuesday, the first to begin operating under new safety requirements following the Fukushima disaster.

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Katie Tubb: Let nuclear industry, not bureaucracy, manage spent fuel

America has a growing nuclear waste problem -- and it's all the government's fault. By law, the Department of Energy is supposed to collect spent nuclear fuel and deposit it at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Nuclear power customers in 33 states have paid billions of dollars into a federal fund to finance this service. Yet the DOE has never collected a single ounce of spent fuel. Indeed, the Yucca Mountain facility still isn't open for business.

President Barack Obama arrives before making a statement after touring Everglades National Park on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Florida. Obama used the visit  to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation's environmental treasures. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

EPA talked privately with green groups on carbon cuts, Senate panel says

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration gave leading environmental activists unprecedented access and influence as the Environmental Protection Agency crafted rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants, a Senate committee charged Tuesday in a report that raises new questions about the president's climate change agenda.

Jacob Lew says U.S. will still curb Iran economy if nuclear deal passes

- The Washington Times

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday the Obama administration intends to "redouble" its efforts to target Iranian government support for terrorism and regional destabilization activities — even as nuclear sanctions on Tehran are being lifted under the major accord reached with world powers this month.