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Ky. Public Service Commission OKs New $15M Filtration Plant

December 24, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has authorized Kentucky-American Water Co. to replace a 90-year-old filtration facility in Lexington with a new one. The current plant was built in 1924 and last expanded in 1953.

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Walker Signs LNG Agreement With Japanese Company

December 24, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has signed an agreement with a Japanese energy company formally declaring a commitment to form a partnership in developing Alaska's liquefied natural gas market. Officials say Japanese prefectures have been considering LNG to replace nuclear energy following the shut down of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Israel Challenges Natural Gas Developers Over Monopoly

December 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Israel's antitrust authority said Tuesday it will challenge the ownership structure of the country's natural gas resources, a decision that could rattle an increasingly important industry. A conglomerate of companies including Texas-based Noble Energy has been developing Israel's offshore natural gas deposits.

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Honeywell Completes $33M Expansion in Baton Rouge

December 23, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A $33 million modernization project at Honeywell's chemical and refrigerant gases manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge has been completed. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies President and CEO Darius Adamczyk announced the completion Monday.

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Myanmar Villagers Remain in Standoff Over Mine

December 23, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Villagers refusing to leave their homes for the expansion of a Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar remained in a tense standoff with security forces for a second day Tuesday, with two reported hurt. The confrontation left one woman dead Monday when guards and police fired at the protesting villagers.

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FDA Going After Sellers of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 10:13 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA has said that people may not realize the powdered form is a pure chemical, and that the difference between a safe amount and a lethal dose is very small.

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Oil Patch Towns Looking to Catch up With Demands

December 22, 2014 3:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects, despite an expected downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for permanent oil field workers have not been met, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

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Abandoned Asbestos Mines Still a Hazard in India

December 22, 2014 10:20 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | Comments

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

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2 Killed, 3 Hurt in Explosion, Fire at Oklahoma Oil Rig

December 19, 2014 3:19 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An explosion and fire early Friday morning killed two people and critically injured two others at an oil rig in southeastern Oklahoma. Authorities said the explosion occurred at the rig about 2 miles west of Coalgate in a remote area of rural Coal County about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

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New Reports Outline Texas Plant Chaos, 4 Deaths

December 19, 2014 3:14 pm | by LISE OLSEN, Houston Chronicle | Comments

Harris County investigators' reports paint a picture of confusion, chaos and delays in those early morning hours of Nov. 15 when DuPont workers became overcome and died as 23,000 pounds of toxic gases accumulated from a leak inside the pesticide unit.

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Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn For New York Fracking Ban

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | Comments

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue.

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Feds to Revive Proposal to Store Nation's Radioactive Waste in Nevada

December 19, 2014 9:59 am | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | Comments

The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project. Nevada is fighting the project, contending the technology for entombing nuclear waste is unproven.

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China Pledges to Speed Entry of U.S. Pharmaceuticals

December 19, 2014 9:40 am | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | Comments

China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies. Those commitments were announced at an annual trade meeting between the two countries that took place in Chicago.

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Omaha Company Proposes Vegetable Oil Plant

December 18, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An Omaha, Nebraska soybean processing company plans to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in western Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that Ag Processing Inc. plans to build the refinery at its complex near Sergeant Bluff, creating at least 20 new jobs.

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Extreme Temperatures And Other Hazards Found at Birds Eye Foods Plant

December 18, 2014 9:20 am | by OSHA | Comments

One would expect subzero temperatures in the Arctic Circle and understand the need for a coat, but employees working in a 40-degree-below-zero Fahrenheit freezer at Birds Eye Foods Inc. in Darien were left in the cold. OSHA also discovered slip, trip and fall hazards on unclean freezer floors.

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ND Fines Company $687,000 For Waste Water Violations

December 17, 2014 4:19 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved the sanction against Springville, Utah-based Redemption Energy LLC.

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