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GOA: Thousands of Chemical Facilities Incorrectly Reported Data About Toxic Release Threats

July 28, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office said that federal authorities should take steps to verify information reported by chemical facilities and improve compliance with safety standards.

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Commercial Honeybee Colonies at 20-Year High Despite Population Losses

July 28, 2015 4:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Honeybee populations declined for decades through a combination of insecticide use, habitat loss and disease, but research suggests the use of neonicotinoid pesticides since the 1990s contributed to the heightened loss rates.


Explosion Shuts Down Iran-Turkey Natural Gas Pipeline

July 28, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Turkey's energy minister says an explosion on a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.


DuPont Cuts Forecast on Agriculture Sales Drop

July 28, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

DuPont's second-quarter profit fell 12 percent, and the chemical company lowered its forecast for the year after a stronger dollar and a sales drop in its agriculture segment affected results.


Walker Says EPA Should be Limited 'Umbrella Organization'

July 28, 2015 9:25 am | by SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press | Comments

Like many Republicans, the Wisconsin governor is a vocal critic of the agency charged with enforcing the nation's laws against pollution. 


Keystone XL Pipeline Hearing Before State Regulators Begins

July 27, 2015 4:30 pm | by JAMES NORD, Associated Press | Comments

The state Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Study: Banned Chemicals Still Affecting Ocean Wildlife

July 27, 2015 4:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Industrial chemicals banned for decades are still impacting ocean mammals in European waters, according to a new report.


BASF To Separate Pigments Operations

July 27, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

German chemical giant BASF plans to combine its pigments operations into a global business unit early next year and establish separate legal entities for those activities later in 2016.


Wind Farm Construction Commences

July 27, 2015 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Construction has begun off Rhode Island's coast on the nation's first offshore wind farm.


Report: Pemex Lost More Oil After Offshore Explosion Than Estimated

July 27, 2015 4:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Petroleos Mexicanos apparently lost much more oil production than previously indicated after an offshore explosion this spring.


In Iowa, Clinton Says Climate Plan Will Promote Renewables

July 27, 2015 10:03 am | by THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press | Comments

Crediting coal-miners for having "created an industrial revolution," Clinton said "it is important that we help them transition to a new economy."


Radford Ammunition Plant to Reduce Toxic Waste Open Burning

July 27, 2015 9:53 am | Comments

Other steps are being taken to reduce emissions, including a new nitrocellulose facility that's under construction and a power plant to replace the arsenal's World War II-era coal-fired plant.


Ohio City Better Prepared to Keep Toxins Out of Tap Water

July 27, 2015 9:47 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | Comments

Just over $5 million has been spent within the past year at Toledo's drinking water plant that will allow it to quadruple the amount of chemicals needed to get rid of the toxins in the water as it is pumped from the lake.


New Hunt For Oil in Florida Raises Environmental Concerns

July 27, 2015 9:43 am | by JASON DEAREN, JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | Comments

Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state's regulation of the oil and gas industry.


Deep-Sea Mining Looms on Horizon as UN Body Issues Contracts

July 27, 2015 9:36 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | Comments

The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners.


Study: Coral-Like Structure Successfully Captures Ocean Pollutants

July 24, 2015 4:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Chinese researchers developed a new material capable of capturing industrial pollutants found in ocean water, according to a recent report.



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