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Duke Energy CEO Getting Pay Raise Year After Coal Ash Spill

June 30, 2015 | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.

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Coal Industry Scores a Win But Fate of Plants Still in Air

June 30, 2015 10:00 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.

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AkzoNobel to Expand Texas R&D Facility

June 30, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The plant will include an area dedicated to paint experiments, a paint application lab and conditioning areas for test panels.

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Report: Blue Bell Pulled Products Weeks Before Listeria Recall

June 30, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries quietly pulled the company's ice cream from retailers and large institutions weeks before issuing a recall over listeria contamination, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

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Idaho Aquifer Decline Could Hinder Radioactive Monitoring

June 29, 2015 5:24 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey in a 36-page report released Monday said the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer level has dropped below two wells and about a dozen others are in danger due to ongoing drought.

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Ammonia Leaks From Warehouse Burning in Washington Wildfire

June 29, 2015 5:15 pm | by NICHOLAS GERANIOS, DONNA BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | Comments

The Blue Bird warehouse, which uses ammonia for cold-storage, was among a few commercial buildings to burn.

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New York Formalizes Ban on Fracking, Ending 7-Year Review

June 29, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas after a seven-year environmental and health review.

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Environmental Groups Urge Dayton to Wade Into Mine Review

June 29, 2015 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

"Future generations will be cleaning up the mess left behind," said Aaron Klemz, a spokesman for the group, referring to the site of a 2014 massive mining waste spill in Canada.

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Coal Plant Operator Says Colstrip Remains Profitable For Now

June 29, 2015 5:07 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

The fate of Colstrip carries symbolic weight because of its location in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, home to some of the largest coal mines in the world.

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Grand Opening Held For $430M Oil Refinery at Dickinson

June 29, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

It can process 20,000 barrels of oil each day into diesel fuel and other products.

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Supreme Court Rejects EPA Mercury Rules

June 29, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected federal regulations curbing mercury emissions and other harmful pollutants from power plants.

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Justices Won't Hear Appeal From BP, Anadarko Over Gulf Spill

June 29, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associaed Press | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear appeals from BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. over Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Hyundai Sees Future In Hydrogen-Powered Cars

June 29, 2015 10:04 am | by The Associated Pres | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. says hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales.

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Chemists Develop Eco-Friendly Oil Spill Solution

June 29, 2015 9:54 am | by City College of New York | Comments

City College of New York researchers led by chemist George John have developed an eco-friendly biodegradable green "herding" agent that can be used to clean up light crude oil spills on water.

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Council Rejects Fracking Shale Gas in Northwest England

June 29, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A local council has rejected plans to frack shale gas in northwestern England in a case closely watched as offering a precedent for exploration in Britain.

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Germany's Oldest Remaining Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

June 29, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Germany's oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by the end of 2022.

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