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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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Pesticide Company Fined $10,000 Over Bee Deaths

November 11, 2014 11:38 am | Comments

State officials said that after a similar bee die-off last year, it prohibited the use of certain pesticides on linden trees when bees would be attracted to the flowers, and the company and the applicator should have known about that prohibition.

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Energy Tycoon Losses $1 Billion In Settlement

November 11, 2014 11:34 am | Comments

The chairman and CEO of energy giant Continental Resources, Inc. must pay his ex-wife nearly $1 billion as part of a divorce settlement. The court order directs Harold Hamm to pay his ex-wife, Sue Ann Hamm, $995.4 million for "property division alimony."

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Shell Purchases Former Zinc Plant

November 10, 2014 11:24 am | Comments

Shell hasn't formally committed to building the plant, which would convert ethane from Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into chemicals used to make plastics, tires and even antifreeze, so a timeline for the conversion and operational start remains undefined.

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Closed-Door Meeting Covers Carolina Coastal Drilling

November 10, 2014 11:19 am | by Michael Biesecker, AP | Comments

Officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia met privately with federal regulators and groups funded by oil and gas companies to discuss plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast. A coalition of environmental groups were not allowed inside the meeting.

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North Dakota Refinery Production Green-Lighted

November 10, 2014 11:05 am | Comments

The refinery will help meet the need for diesel fuel in the booming western oil patch. About 90 people will work there full time, turning 20,000 barrels of crude from the rich Bakken and Three Forks formations in western North Dakota into 7,000 barrels of fuel each day.

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Showdown Looms As California Mandates Pesticides For Organic Growers

November 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year - $35 billion annually - producers are challenging a proposed California program with a pesticide-heavy approach, including the spraying of organic crops in order to fight a pest that has cost other states billions of dollars.

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Hundreds Of Kids Poisoned By Detergent Pods

November 10, 2014 10:50 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP | Comments

Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets mistaken for toys or candy have resulted in coma and seizures for many children. There have been more than 17,000 poison center calls related to the products over the last two years.

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Shell Takes On New Mexico County Over Country's First Drilling Ban

November 7, 2014 11:53 am | Comments

Attorneys for SWEPI, a subsidiary of Shell, said the measure effectively destroyed the value of the company's $1 million drilling leases. Mora County wants a trial so it can present evidence on why the commission adopted the ordinance - to protect its land and water.

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Labor Department Suing For Steelworker Pension Funds

November 7, 2014 11:38 am | by Matt Stroud, AP | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost more than $31 million in retirement savings because investment managers failed to properly oversee the plan. The lawsuit says investment managers hired by the company made no effort to diversify the accounts.

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Sunoco Investing $2.5 Billion In Gas Pipeline

November 7, 2014 11:32 am | Comments

The 350-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline would provide four times the capacity to move gas from Marcellus Shale drilling sites in western Pennsylvania to its Marcus Hook storage and distribution facility near Philadelphia.          

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