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Analysis: Avoiding a carbon rule fight

The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has a blunt message to Republicans and industry that she's not afraid to repeat: Don't look to us step into the fight over President Barack Obama's power plant carbon regulations.

In an interview with E&E on Thursday, Cheryl LaFleur, fresh off her appointment by Obama as full chairman until next April, said FERC will make sure the Environmental Protection Agency is made aware of any electricity reliability concerns.

But she made it clear she won't lead any effort to get EPA to scrap or delay the rule before it is finalized next year.

Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

BAGHDAD (AP) — Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister for the past eight years, says he is relinquishing the post to fellow Dawa Party member Haider al-Abadi.

Al-Maliki says his decision is based on his desire to "safeguard the high interests of the country," adding that he will not be the cause of any bloodshed.

EPA allows 60 days more of comment on refinery regulation

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The Hill

The window for public comment on a proposal to restrict pollution from refineries has been extended until Oct. 28, the Environmental Protection Agency says in a notice to be published in the Federal Register Friday, The Hill reports.

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DOE finalizes new LNG export review approach

The Energy Department is set to finalize its new process to review liquefied natural gas exports to non-free trade agreement countries, one that could slow the pace of new approvals to follow the handful issued to date.

The department said the changes would go into effect immediately upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register on Friday, less than a month after a comment period ended.

EPA rule to protect fish from cooling water published after delay

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The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency rule to protect fish from the impact of power plant cooling water is finally being published in the Federal Register Friday even though the EPA announced it back in May, and the regulation -- criticized by both environmentalists and business groups -- will take effect in 60 days, The Hill reports.

Rosneft wants government help to cope with Western sanctions

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The Wall Street Journal

The head of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft -- Igor Sechin, himself a direct target of sanctions – has asked the government to spend some $42 billion on his company’s bonds to help it weather Western steps taken over the Ukraine crisis, according to the Vedomosti newspaper, The Wall Street Journal reports.

GE in talks to sell historic appliance division

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division, part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and profitable industrial equipment.

The confirmation came after the Swedish appliance maker Electrolux released a statement Thursday that it was in discussions to buy the business from GE, which is based in Fairfield, Connecticut.

"GE is evaluating a wide range of strategic options for our appliances business, including discussions with Electrolux and other interested parties," said GE spokesman Seth Martin.

Ohio offers no-interest loans in water toxin fight

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's environmental regulators laid out a plan Thursday to assist cities with testing and treating their drinking water, a first step in the state's response to a water emergency in Toledo that left 400,000 people without clean tap water.

The state also will commit just over $1 million to help farmers add drainage systems and plant cover crops to reduce the amount of fertilizer that runs off their fields, dumping phosphorus into rivers and streams.

Phosphorus, found in both agriculture runoff and sewage overflows, feeds the blue-green algae found on Lake Erie that produce the toxin found in Toledo's water supply nearly two weeks ago.

Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds.

Scientists looking at glacier melt since 1851 didn't see a human fingerprint until about the middle of the 20th century. Even then only one-quarter of the warming wasn't from natural causes.

But since 1991, about 69 percent of the rapidly increasing melt was man-made, said Ben Marzeion, a climate scientist at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

Slovak PM critical of Ukraine for sanctions

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister has criticized Ukraine for preparing sanctions against Russia.

Robert Fico says "it's weird" that Ukraine, which has an association agreement with the 28-nation European Union and receives help from the bloc, takes "unilateral steps" that can pose a threat to the economic interests of individual EU nations.

Fico said Thursday that EU officials should deal with sanctions.

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