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Pollution Settlement Reached Over Paper Mill Chemical Disposal

November 14, 2014 10:14 am | Comments

Two of three businesses targeted by Harris County prosecutors  in a lawsuit over polluting the San Jacinto River in Texas with poisonous paper-mill waste have agreed to pay $29 million to the county and state. The EPA says the compound in question is so toxic that there is no safe level of exposure.

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2015 Could See U.S. Produce Most Oil In Over 40 Years

November 13, 2014 1:34 pm | Comments

However, there is significant uncertainty over the crude oil price forecast because of the range of potential supply responses from OPEC, particularly Saudi Arabia, as U.S oil producers project higher production levels that would drive prices down.

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Rail Shipments Of Oil And Petroleum Continue To Rise

November 13, 2014 1:25 pm | Comments

According to the Energy Information Administration, U.S. rail transport of crude oil and petroleum products had the second-biggest increase in carloadings through the first 10 months of this year. In response to shipper concerns over their slow movement, federal regulators are closely tracking service among major freight railroads.

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Company Exposed Workers to Amputation, Shock Hazards

November 13, 2014 1:11 pm | Comments

According to OSHA, service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods, Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.

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Illinois Lawsuit Targets Fracking Rules

November 13, 2014 12:34 pm | Comments

A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources to stop the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction, claiming the DNR violated several rulemaking procedures.

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U.S. Government: Get Used To Cheaper Gas

November 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Several factors are contributing to the Energy Department predicting that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be below $2.94 a gallon in 2015. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.

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Kraft Cuts 275 Jos In Missouri

November 13, 2014 12:11 pm | Comments

Bacon production is being moved to Coshocton, Ohio, which already produces about two-thirds of the company's bacon product. A spokesperson said Kraft is considering bringing other production lines to Kirksville but nothing specific has been decided.

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Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 12:02 pm | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

Over 20,000 gallons of uranium solution was spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine. In-situ uranium mining involves pumping chemicals underground to release uranium into a solution that is pumped to the surface. No shafts or tunnels are dug underground.

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Arms Manufacturer Lays Off 126 In New York

November 12, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

Another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off. In August, 105 people were laid off at Remington's plant in the village of Ilion, 55 miles east of Syracuse.       

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Louisiana Agency Looking To Sue Oil, Gas & Pipeline Companies

November 12, 2014 11:45 am | by Kevin McGill, AP | Comments

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year, arguing that coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.         

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Fukushima Cleanup Harassed By Constant Flow Of Contaminated Water

November 12, 2014 11:39 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, only a fraction of the workers are focused on dismantling broken reactors or removing radioactive fuel rods. Instead, most are devoted to the constantly increasing amount of contaminated water, which continues to grow due to groundwater entering the reactor buildings.

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21 Confirmed Dead In Collapsed Mine

November 12, 2014 11:18 am | Comments

An explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan. The search for the missing miners was hampered by collapsed shafts and gas pockets, but ended with the confirmation of the 21 deaths. Authorities determined that the mine was operating illegally.

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Manufacturing Technology Investment Continues To Increase

November 11, 2014 12:45 pm | Comments

This total was up 77.3 percent from August and 61.4 percent when compared with September 2013. Year-to-date totals are up 5.2 percent compared with 2013, according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology's (AMT) monthly report.   

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Court Reinstates Safety Whistleblower At Nuke Site

November 11, 2014 11:59 am | Comments

An appeals court reinstated a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington who claims he was fired by a subcontractor after raising safety issues at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

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Administrator Of Gulf Claims Survives BP's Attempt To Replace Him

November 11, 2014 11:47 am | by Kevin McGill, AP | Comments

BP lawyers had said Patrick Juneau should be removed for a variety of reasons, among them that he had a conflict of interest because he once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims.

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