A panel advising the Obama administration on carbon dioxide regulations is deadlocked over what pollution-cutting technology power plants, factories and refineries should be required to use starting in 2011.
President Barack Obama, whose inaugural address made climate change a second-term priority, could bypass Congress and implement much of his environmental agenda unilaterally through regulations and executive action.
Safeway Inc., the second-largest U.S. supermarket chain, agreed to curb leaks at 659 stores of a refrigerant that causes climate change and depletes ozone, and pay a $600,000 fine to the federal government.
Environmental groups are stepping up pressure on President Barack Obama to issue the first greenhouse-gas limits for power plants as the utility industry seeks to weaken the standards before a deadline next month.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling that will mean new limits on class-action suits, ruled that Wal- Mart Stores Inc. can’t be sued for discrimination on behalf of potentially a million female workers.
An auto refrigerant developed by Honeywell International Inc. and DuPont Co. and forecast to generate billions of dollars in sales is being shunned by two of Germany’s largest carmakers after failing Daimler AG internal safety tests.