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Mersen Plant Investigation Uncovers Employee Error

August 14, 2014 9:24 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.               

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6 Injured in Mine Accident

August 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Six workers at an East Texas coal mine have suffered burns from falling debris. Mine owner Luminant says the accident happened Wednesday in Thermo, about 80 miles northeast of Dallas.                          

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No Citations In Fatal Pennsylvania Gas Well Fire

August 14, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal authorities have decided against issuing citations in a natural gas well fire in southwestern Pennsylvania that killed one worker earlier this year.                            

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Hundreds Turn Out For Pebble Mine Hearing

August 13, 2014 4:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of people turned out in Anchorage to comment on a proposal that would severely restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.                      

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Arkansas Lawmakers Oppose Emissions Rule

August 13, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Two Arkansas legislative committees approved a non-binding resolution opposing a proposed federal rule to lessen carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.                                 

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State Firm Takes 83% Of Mexican Reserves

August 13, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Mexico's state-owned oil company will retain rights to exploit 83 percent of the country's proven and probable reserves, but could form alliances with private firms in some of those fields.                                            

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Appeals Court Approves Permits For Upper Peninsula Mine

August 13, 2014 1:47 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | Comments

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a decision by state regulators to allow construction of a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula backwoods, the latest development in a 12-year legal and political struggle.      

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Kentucky Gas Plant Cancelled

August 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                              

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Farmers Anxiously Await Herbicide Decision

August 13, 2014 9:52 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D herbicide that's been around since the 1940s. It's partly a game of catch-up for the agriculture industry, as many farmers are dealing with weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate, an herbicide commonly used on corn and soybeans now.

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James River Coal Asset Auction Set For August 18

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Online court documents show the auction is scheduled for Aug. 18. If the successful bid contemplates a sale, a sale-approval hearing would be held Aug. 20 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond.                  

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 9:42 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                         

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Judge Rules Against Gas Plant Zoning Exemption

August 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A judge has ruled that Calvert County improperly granted zoning exemptions for a proposed facility to liquefy and export natural gas that has drawn opposition from environmentalists.               

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Copper Foam Turns CO2 Into Useful Chemicals

August 12, 2014 4:36 pm | by Brown University | Comments

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, a new study shows.                   

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Mine Too Slow Reporting Acid Spill

August 12, 2014 4:14 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not immediately report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.             

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EPA Criticized For Muzzling Advisors

August 12, 2014 4:12 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officials.    

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