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Evidence shows that the 2010 oil spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River was bigger than the pipeline operator reported. The current recovery effort, with costs surpassing $750 million, ranks as the nation’s most expensive oil pipeline accident on record. Enbridge Inc., the pipeline’s Canadian operator, has estimated the spill’s size as 843,444 gallons. The Environmental Protection Agency officially has put the figure at 1 million gallons, but other agency records show that more than 1.1 million gallons of spilled oil already have been recovered. An industry watchdog questioned Enbridge’s estimate, noting that “penalties for Clean Water Act violations are based on how much goes into the water.” InsideClimate News

Scientists find that China’s carbon emissions could be nearly 20 percent higher than previously thought. The analysis by researchers from China, the U.S. and Britain suggest that the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted. China is the world’s top producer of greenhouse gases, accounting for about a quarter of the man-made carbon pollution that scientists say is heating up the planet. But pinning down an accurate total for China’s carbon emissions has been a challenge because of doubts about the quality of its official energy use data. The researchers found that data for China’s 30 provinces showed far higher emissions than the national figures have indicated. Reuters

Johnson & Johnson to pay as much as $2.2 billion to settle federal investigations into its drug-marketing practices. Sources said the deal will cover J&J’s marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal and other medications. The settlement, which might be announced this week, includes a misdemeanor plea and criminal penalty of as much as $600 million. It also will resolve civil claims that J&J paid kickbacks to Omnicare Inc., which dispenses drugs at nursing homes. The agreement will be the federal government’s second-biggest settlement ever with a pharmaceutical company. Federal authorities for years have investigated allegations that J&J marketed Risperdal for unapproved uses. Bloomberg

High school students increasingly abusing stimulants to get an academic edge. Pills that are a staple in some college and graduate school circles are going from rare to routine in academically competitive U.S. high schools. Teenagers say they get the drugs — including Adderall, an amphetamine prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder– from friends, buy them from student dealers or fake symptoms to their parents and doctors to get prescriptions. Although students find that the drugs can give them energy and focus to get through homework and exams, doctors say abuse of stimulants can lead to depression, mood swings, heart irregularities and acute exhaustion or psychosis during withdrawal. The New York Times

Cancer set to be added to the list of ailments covered by 9/11 fund. The decision regarding the World Trade Center Health Program, which operates a $4.3 billion fund to pay for medical treatment and compensation for people exposed to toxic ash after the terrorist attacks, follows intense lobbying by first-responders and their families. The move, which calls for covering 50 types of cancer, also was based on an advisory panel’s recommendation. Previously, the aid program covered only people with mostly less-serious ailments, including asthma, acid reflux disease and chronic sinus irritation. The proposed rules would take effect after a public comment period. It’s not known how many people will be affected. The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press

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