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Alaska Voters Reject Petroleum Tax Repeal

August 28, 2014 | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

Alaska voters have retained a new petroleum production tax system that offers hope of increased investment and jobs but drew criticism as a giveaway to already profitable oil companies.                           

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

EPA Report Shows Progress In Reducing Air Pollution

August 28, 2014 10:50 am | by EPA | Comments

This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress - the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress of progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics.

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Scientists Call For Halt In Non-Essential Use Of Fluorochemicals

August 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Technical University of Denmark - National Food Institute | Comments

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential, until better methods exist to measure the chemicals and more is known about their potentially harmful effects.

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Rail Oil Deliveries Increase Through 2014

August 28, 2014 10:16 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | Comments

The amount of crude oil and refined petroleum products moved by U.S. railroads increased 9% during the first seven months of this year compared with the same period in 2013.                     

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DuPont Fined $1.3M Over WV Chemical Leaks

August 28, 2014 10:00 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Comments

DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million to settle a federal complaint over eight chemical releases from a Kanawha County production facility, one of which killed a worker.                       

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WV PSC Chairman Steps Down From Spill Probe

August 28, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company's response to a January chemical spill.                            

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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.

Explosion At BP Refinery

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which rattled nearby homes.                                             

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New Pipeline Opened Across Southern Europe

August 27, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A new pipeline has been opened that will pump gas from Romania to Moldova in an attempt to reduce the former Soviet republic's dependence on Russian energy.                     

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Judge Approves Sale Of 3 James River Coal Mines

August 27, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of three James River Coal Co. mining complexes to a subsidiary of Kentucky-based Blackhawk Mining LLC.                                     

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Oregon City Explores Owning A Gas Utility

August 27, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The city of Hermiston has voted to start its own natural gas utility to serve an expanded agricultural plant and other industrial development south of the fast-growing city in northeast Oregon.                    

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Propane Train Derails, Prompts Evacuation

August 27, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying unscented propane derailed near Canada's border with Minnesota and North Dakota early Tuesday.                                      

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Exploring Advances In Sustainable Manufacturing

August 26, 2014 4:02 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | Comments

In recent years, increasing pressure from policymakers, consumers, and suppliers has prompted manufacturers to set environmental targets that go beyond reducing the pollutants they emit from their smokestacks or discharge into rivers and lakes. 

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2 Former Mining Towns Try To Change Their Fortunes

August 26, 2014 3:39 pm | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | Comments

In the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Top and Briceville share a common heritage and a common problem: How to revive communities that once boasted bustling main streets and jobs for nearly anyone willing to mine the coal once plentiful in the deep shafts underground.

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Oilfield Waste Disposal Facility Under Construction

August 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Vanguard Environmental has begun construction on the controversial oilfield-waste disposal facility north of downtown Houma, Louisiana.                                    

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Power Generation Company Opening New Plant In SC

August 26, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A Pennsylvania company that makes parts for power generation equipment is opening a new plant in Summerville, investing almost $8 million and creating 45 jobs.                          

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Toledo Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Resigns After Toxic Contamination

August 26, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A city official who was in charge of Toledo's water treatment plant has resigned just three weeks after toxins contaminated the water supply for about 400,000 people.                        

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