News bites: BHP brings deepwater well online in Gulf

BHP Billiton Petroleum said it is the first company to bring a new deepwater production well online since last year’s oil spill.

Ken Feinberg, who is heading up the claims process stemming from last year’s Gulf oil spill, said there have been no claims related to illness from the spill.

Japan says it will establish an independent nuclear regulatory agency.

Japanese officials also said they understated radiation levels at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in the aftermath of the March nuclear disaster.

Climate change means hotter summers, a new report says.

The New York Times examines the shrinking budgets at state parks.

The Washington Post reports on a new trend: green burials.