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Feds auction 550 acres off Massachusetts for wind energy

- Associated Press

U.S. officials on Thursday auctioned off leases to more than 550 square miles of federal waters off the Massachusetts coast to two companies hoping to develop wind energy projects.

Regulators issue final volumes in Nevada nuclear dump report

- Associated Press

Findings released Thursday by analysts in the federal agency with the power to give the go-ahead for a proposed national nuclear waste dump in Nevada appear to provide wiggle room for adopting rules to open the repository, if decision-makers want to go forward.

House committee passes ban on plastic beads polluting lakes

- Associated Press

A bill banning a key exfoliation ingredient in popular cosmetic products passed through an Indiana House committee Wednesday, adding to an effort gaining momentum in other states to protect the Great Lakes.

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., listens at right as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington where they discussed their plan to introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline say the privately-funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will be disastrous for the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for an environmentally-damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts

- Associated Press

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.

A herd of musk ox graze in an area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, known as Area 1002, in this undated file photo. (AP Photo/Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, File)

5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.

Senate panel passes energy-efficiency utility bill

- Associated Press

Major utility companies would be able to develop their own energy-efficiency programs and charge customers to implement them under a bill that cleared a state Senate committee Thursday, but the panel's chairman said the bill still needs a lot of work.