Clean Start: September 19, 2011

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On the day President Obama blocked stronger smog standards, the EPA also delayed the release of its assessment of health risks posed by trichloroethylene (TCE), according to multiple sources, including an EPA official. [E&E News]

A state appeals court ruled today in the first case of its type that an insurance company does not have to foot the bill for a company facing damages over climate change , in a side case to the suit brought against a coal-powered utility by the remote Alaskan village of Kivalina. [E&E News]

The planet’s deep oceans at times may absorb enough heat to flatten the rate of global warming for periods of as long as a decade even in the midst of longer-term warming, according to a new analysis led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. [Science Daily]

Wild mushrooms and toadstools are becoming more widespread in Britain because warmer weather has increased the number of plants on which they can grow. [Telegraph]

Cooler weather has arrived in Arkansas but a severe drought lingers, bringing bad news for the state’s hay and cattle producers. [Reuters]

With a Valero refinery in the background, environmental activists gathered in Hartmann Park in east Houston Sunday to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which they say will lead to more pollution in smog-filled Houston. [Houston Chronicle]

More oil was reported leaking in Bayou Dupont and north Barataria Bay in Louisiana on Sunday, the Coast Guard reported. []

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in China over the past few days have killed nearly 40 people and forced the evacuation of more than 300,000 residents, the government and state media said on Monday. [Reuters]

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