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Toxic Emissions in Virginia Increase 10 Percent in 2013

March 28, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

After years of declines, the report shows factories, power plants and other operations released about 36 million pounds of the potentially dangerous chemicals in 2013.

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Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill to Boost Energy Efficiency

March 28, 2015 4:11 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

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Exxon Unit Asks For Exception to North Dakota Gas Flare Rule

March 28, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The state's Oil and Gas Division heard the request from XTO Energy this week in which the company argues it has nowhere to take its gas. 

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Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 28, 2015 3:28 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO is paying a price for a massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

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Hess Corp Gives $15 Million to University of Wyoming

March 26, 2015 10:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Energy firm Hess Corp. has donated $15 million to the University of Wyoming to bolster research into extracting hard-to-get oil and gas deposits.

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2 US Funds to Invest $900 Million in Mexican Gas Pipeline

March 26, 2015 10:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million.

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Santorum: Obama Opposition to Fossil Fuels "Quasi-Religious"

March 26, 2015 10:29 pm | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | Comments

Santorum criticized the Obama administration's regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

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Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 26, 2015 10:26 pm | by Kyodo News International | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration told reporters at the legislature that they ordered a recall of 294 food products illegally imported from the five prefectures after health investigators inspected over 3,000 questionable items.

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Feds Investigate Safety Of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 6:22 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Lumber Liquidators have dropped 59 percent since Feb. 24, when it announced that the "60 Minutes" segment would air and said the federal government might file criminal charges against the company.

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Survey: Many In Plastics Industry Call For Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 6:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet industry needs.

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Report: Mix of Cat Litter, Salts Caused Nuclear-Dump Mishap

March 26, 2015 6:14 pm | Comments

The team was charged by the U.S. Energy Department to investigate the chemical reactions that may have led to the release of radioactive material at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Execs From Montana's Largest Mining Company Moving to Denver

March 26, 2015 6:11 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and the company plans to close its offices in Billings as part of cost-cutting moves.

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Oil Prices Jump Almost 5 Percent as Tensions Mount in Yemen

March 26, 2015 6:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

It was the first time the benchmark U.S. oil contract closed at $50 or higher since March 9.

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Oil Council: Shale Won't Last, Arctic Drilling Needed Now

March 26, 2015 6:05 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The government predicts that the shale boom won't last much beyond the next decade.

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Ethanol Exports Reach Highest Level in Four Years

March 26, 2015 3:05 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33 percent more than exports of fuel ethanol in 2013.

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Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants

March 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Karl Ritter & Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press | Comments

In December Japan counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance.

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