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Maine Takes Another Swing At Banning The Shipment Of Tar Sands

July 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The city council is expecting another large turnout when it takes up a proposed ordinance that would prohibit loading tar sands crude oil onto ships.                               

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2 Injured In Fire At Chevron Phillips Chemical

July 8, 2014 11:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Chevron Phillips Chemical says two people are injured after a fire at its Port Arthur facility. A statement from the company says the situation at the southeast Texas chemical plant is "under control" and that all personnel have been accounted for.

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New Paper Processing Plant To Open In Mississippi

July 8, 2014 11:24 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | Comments

A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.                       

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Missouri Governor Signs Carbon Emissions Bill

July 8, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation directing Missouri regulators to develop their own standards for carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.                          

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ADM Makes $3B Natural Flavor Deal

July 8, 2014 11:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland already makes sweeteners, fibers, emulsifiers and an array of other ingredients used in packaged foods and drinks. Now it's getting in the business of natural flavors.                           

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Investigation Into Chemical Leak Begins

July 8, 2014 10:53 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | Comments

Yesterday's accident marked a third serious safety incident for MFG Chemical Inc. A worker was adding a chemical into a reactor to produce maleic anhydride and chemical reaction quickly produced a vapor that escaped before the worker could shut a lid. That worker inhaled the vapor and appeared to have injured his respiratory tract.

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A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Freedom Industries Fined $11K For Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 10:39 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                               

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3 Arrested At Power Plant Protest

July 8, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Three people have been arrested in a protest at a wood-burning power plant in Eugene, Oregon.                                        

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Ameren To Close Meramec Coal Plant By 2022

July 8, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Ameren Missouri has told state regulators it will shut down the 61-year-old Meramec coal-fired plant in Oakville by 2022, or possibly sooner pending stricter rules on greenhouse gas emissions.                

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Grieving Family Sues Chevron After Well Explosion

July 7, 2014 10:45 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | Comments

The parents of a contractor killed when a southwestern Pennsylvania natural gas well exploded in February have sued the Chevron subsidiary that owns the well.                          

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New EPA Rule Won't Affect Power Plants

July 7, 2014 10:35 am | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | Comments

None of Kentucky's coal-fired power plants will close because of new emission standards released last month by the Environmental Protection Agency, a state official told lawmakers.                         

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Coal & Gas Waste Treatment Plant Closes

July 7, 2014 10:33 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

A company that treated wastewater from coal mines and gas drilling operations near Pittsburgh has closed and state officials are scrambling to clean up a mess that's still there.                 

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3M: $11.2M Upgrade To Begin

July 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A north Alabama chemical facility is getting an $11.2 million upgrade as part of plans for expanded operations that will create 13 new jobs at salaries well the state's median household income.            

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Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 10:26 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

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Michigan Natural Gas Pipeline Plans Move Forward

July 7, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Plans are in the works for a new natural gas transmission pipeline that could pass through Michigan on its way to Ontario, Canada, raising concerns among some residents who have seen their property dug up for an ongoing oil pipeline project.  

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