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Marquee rules spared from riders in landmark spending agreement

A massive spending bill unveiled last night leaves President Obama's energy, environment and climate programs largely intact while slightly boosting clean and fossil energy spending and keeping U.S. EPA's budget relatively steady. It also delivers Republicans some minor policy wins that would protect coal mining companies, manufacturers of inefficient light bulbs and nuclear power plants hoping to eventually store their waste at Yucca Mountain.

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