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Jury Awards $1.9M to California Woman Burned by E-Cigarette

October 1, 2015 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A California woman burned by an exploding electronic cigarette has won a jury verdict of nearly $2 million from the distributor, wholesaler and seller of the product.


Exxon Mobil to Sell Troubled Southern California Refinery

October 1, 2015 8:53 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | Comments

Exxon Mobil Corp. is selling its troubled Southern California refinery for $537 million to a New Jersey energy company more than six months after an explosion crippled the plant and led to higher gas prices in the Golden State.


Mushrooms Help Establish Environmentally Friendly Batteries

October 1, 2015 8:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Portobello mushrooms can be delicious, but they could also be key to meeting rising global demand for rechargeable batteries.


Industry Group: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Safe at Low Levels

October 1, 2015 8:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

An international chemical industry group this week argued that chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system are safe at low levels and that changes to current testing "are not warranted."


Judge Blocks Federal Oil, Gas Drilling Rules Pending Lawsuit

September 30, 2015 4:47 pm | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

Petroleum developers would be required to disclose to regulators the ingredients in the chemical products they use to improve the results of fracking.


EPA Sets Limit For Toxic Pollutants Released Into Waterways

September 30, 2015 4:34 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants.


EPA: Tractor Supply Co. ATVs Didn't Meet Clean Air Rules

September 30, 2015 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tractor Supply Company Inc. has reached a settlement with federal regulators over the illegal sale of 28,000 off-road vehicles and small engines that failed to meet Clean Air Act requirements.


CSB Probe: Safety Problems at DuPont Plant Where 4 Died

September 30, 2015 4:24 pm | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | Comments

A federal investigation into a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers at a Houston-area chemical plant in November found weaknesses and failures in the facility's safety planning and procedures, officials said Wednesday.


ISIS’ Illegal Oil Empire: By The Numbers

September 30, 2015 4:08 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

Here’s a look at how the black gold is fueling one of the world’s biggest security threats, by the numbers.


Fall Protections, Hazard Communications Top List of Workplace Safety Violations

September 30, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Failure to implement proper protection against falls topped the latest annual list of workplace safety violations, federal labor officials announced Tuesday.


Report: Chinese-Made Goods Result in More Carbon Emissions

September 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from three U.S. universities this week said that outsourcing production from developed nations to China could be accelerating climate change.


EPA to Toughen Refinery Emissions Rules

September 29, 2015 4:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

More than 6 million people live within three miles of the nation's 142 large oil refineries.


Study Sheds Light on Powerful Process That Turns Food Into Energy

September 29, 2015 4:32 pm | by University of Edinburgh | Comments

The way in which our cells convert food into fuel is shared by almost all living things — now scientists have discovered a likely reason why this is so widespread.


Duke Energy Reaches $7 Million Deal With NC on Coal Ash

September 29, 2015 4:00 pm | by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press | Comments

Duke Energy agreed Tuesday to pay North Carolina regulators $7 million to settle allegations of groundwater pollution at its coal ash pits and to perform accelerated cleanups costing millions of dollars at four sites.


Potomac Chemical Spill Prompts Precautions Amid Assurances

September 29, 2015 3:57 pm | by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press | Comments

More Potomac River communities are taking steps to protect their drinking water from last week's chemical spill at a western Maryland paper mill.



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