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Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Chemical Spills

July 22, 2015 4:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A trio of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a lack of regulations for chemicals released by industrial facilities.

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Study: E-Cigarettes Just as Addictive as Traditional Smokes

July 22, 2015 4:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology analyzed commercial samples of liquids produced for e-cigarettes.

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Convent Coal Export Terminal Sells For $412 million

July 22, 2015 4:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

SunCoke Energy Partners LP will expand into handling coal exports with the $412 million acquisition of Convent Marine Terminal, one of the Gulf Coast's largest export facilities.

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Prosecutors Want Guilty Plea Hearing For W.Va. Exec in Spill

July 22, 2015 4:23 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill last year.

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Nuclear Company's Bid to Build 3rd Reactor Officially Over

July 22, 2015 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Officials say a company's bid to build a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant is officially over.

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CSX Provides Update on W.Va. Oil Train Derailment Cleanup

July 22, 2015 10:24 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Comments

CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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State Regulators Look at Cost of Retiring Coal Plants

July 22, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Washington utility regulators say they are looking into how much it would cost to retire Puget Sound Energy's two older coal-fired electric generating plants in Colstrip, Montana.

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Scientists Study The Carbon Footprint of Almond Farming

July 22, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The analysis examined greenhouse gas emissions and the use of almond byproducts for renewable power.

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New Chemical Structures Could Improve Fuel Gases, Carbon Capture

July 22, 2015 9:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The zeolites — or semi-porous solids — rapidly absorb carbon dioxide from biogas and natural gas.

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Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have no Choice

July 21, 2015 5:20 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writers | Comments

The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. They have no other choice.

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EU to Ban Common Chemical in Textile Imports

July 21, 2015 5:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

EU states banned the use of nonylphenol ethoxylates in textile manufacturing more than 10 years ago, but the latest measure also includes clothing imported into member nations.

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Death Toll of Fire at Japanese Plant in Indonesia Rises to 17

July 21, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The fire broke out on July 10 when a gas explosion occurred at the aerosol production line area of the factory, located in the town of Bekasi in West Java Province.

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Coal Plant Proposed For Pristine Thai Coast Sparks Outcry

July 21, 2015 9:45 am | by TED ANDERSEN, Associated Press | Comments

Plans to build an 800-megawatt coal power plant near some of Thailand's most popular beaches have sparked protests and a hunger strike by activists who say officials aren't considering its impact on the pristine environment that makes the area an international tourist destination.

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Oil Prices Taking Their Toll on Chemical Sector

July 20, 2015 5:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Recent analysis expects plummeting oil prices to slow growth for oilfield chemicals over the next five-year period.

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Marijuana Growers Navigate Uncertain Pesticide Regulations

July 20, 2015 5:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The federal government, which regulates pesticide use, still considers marijuana to be illegal, while scientists often have conflicting views about how to use chemicals on marijuana plants

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