Steven Mufson

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EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

Business Nov 16, 2013

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed lowering requirements for biofuel use in 2014, trimming targets for corn-based ethanol use for the first time. The proposal would set ethanol use at 15.21 billion gallons (57.58 billion liters), just under 10 percent of motor fuel ...

Ethanol from cellulose falls short of expectations

Business Nov 11, 2013

Ethanol from cellulose falls short of expectations

In Emmetsburg, Iowa, America's largest maker of ethanol for motor fuel is putting the final touches on a manufacturing plant that will rely not on corn, but on the stalks and cobs left behind. Trucks have already dropped off 2,600 tons of big bales at ...

World | FOCUS Jul 10, 2013

Quebec train disaster sparks rail vs. pipeline debate

The railroad put the small lakeside town of Lac-Megantic on the map. And over the weekend, the railroad wiped part of the town off the map. Founded in 1884 when the Canadian Pacific Railway began construction on the final leg of track linking Montreal and ...

National Feb 9, 2012

Emails bare NRC's Fukushima chaos

In the confusion following the earthquake and tsunami that damaged the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex last March, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it was standing by to help. But a trove of emails posted on the NRC's website shows an agency struggling to ...