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Biofuel Plant, Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 5:05 pm | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | Comments

Plans for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant upstaged an announcement Thursday that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost.                          

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Montana Coal Deal To Boost Asian Exports

September 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.                                                

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Ruling To Cost BP Extra $18B; Stock Slumps

September 4, 2014 4:42 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

A judge's ruling in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill case that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion in fines sent the company's shares tumbling.                                       

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BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Judge: Reckless Conduct Caused BP Oil Spill

September 4, 2014 4:27 pm | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | Comments

BP acted "recklessly" and bears most of the responsibility for the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties.                                           

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Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 4, 2014 4:17 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management admits.                    

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States Anxiously Await Court Decision On Proposed Carbon Standards

September 4, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Twelve state attorneys general are urging an appeals court to decide quickly on a lawsuit over the legality of proposed carbon emission standards.                                    

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Kansas Chemical Company Under Investigation

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, unsealed search warrants show.              

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Sells Business For $220M

September 4, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical is selling its high-performance engineering polymer business for $220 million.                                             

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An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

90 Laid Off In Pennsylvania Processing Plant Sale

September 4, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Ninety employees of a northeastern Pennsylvania plant will be laid off as part of a deal expected to become final in the first half of next year.                                      

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Saving Lives By Lowering Emissions

September 3, 2014 4:45 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

After scoring a Supreme Court victory this spring, the Environmental Protection Agency can move forward with its strategy to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants in several states — and new research suggests the impact could be lifesaving.

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Extent Of Jet Fuel Leak Contamination Still Unknown

September 3, 2014 4:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Air Force still hasn't determined the extent of contamination from a fuel leak discovered 15 years ago at a New Mexico base, and it wants some reports it compiled on the leak tossed, according to a letter from a base commander to stage regulators. 

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PG&E To Appeal Blast Penalty

September 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people.                      

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BLM Wants Anti-Fracking Suit Dismissed

September 3, 2014 4:21 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | Comments

Lawyers for a rural Nevada group are asking a federal judge to block the issuance of oil and gas leases it says will be used for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, they say will harm the environment.            

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Factory Orders Up By Record Percentage

September 3, 2014 4:12 pm | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.                            

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Think Workplace Injuries Aren't Affecting Your Bottom Line?

September 3, 2014 11:43 am | by UL Workplace Health & Safety | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days.                      

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