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ND Fines Company $687,000 For Waste Water Violations

December 17, 2014 4:19 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved the sanction against Springville, Utah-based Redemption Energy LLC.

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Hemlock Permanently Closing $1.2B Plant in Tenn.

December 17, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn. | Comments

Hemlock Semiconductor Group is permanently closing its idled polysilicon plant in Clarksville, citing global trade disputes that have led to an oversupply of the compound used in solar energy panels. The company's president, Denise Beachy, announced the decision to the The Leaf-Chronicle on Wednesday.

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Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming a Global Threat

December 17, 2014 12:35 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy. "Oil hasn't found a bottom yet, so the pain is only going to get worse as the price of oil continues to fall," said a chief market strategist.

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Four Indicted in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

December 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Comments

A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a spill that prompted a drinking water ban for 300,000 West Virginia residents. The indictment charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents with failing to ensure that Freedom operated the terminal that leaked in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner.

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Pharmacy Officials Face Charges After Patient Deaths

December 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal officials say a co-owner and a pharmacist at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a 2012 deadly meningitis outbreak have been charged with racketeering for allegedly causing the deaths of patients who received tainted steroids manufactured by the company.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Endorse Workplace Fatality Bill

December 17, 2014 9:30 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | Comments

Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths. Mary Jane Collins of Sheridan urged the committee to pass the bill. Her grandson, Brett Collins, died in a construction accident in 2012.

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Boeing Factory to Use All Clean Energy

December 16, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A Boeing factory says it plans to switch to all renewable energy at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. The aerospace company and the utility, Puget Sound Energy, announced the switch Tuesday at the Renton factory, near Seattle.

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Feds Target Toxic Chemical Emissions From Mine Blasts

December 16, 2014 9:56 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Some who live near the big coal mines say they've suffered from headaches and respiratory irritation when such clouds waft over their neighborhoods.

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Regulators Consider Ga. Nuclear Plant Costs

December 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Utility regulators will continue their review of the costs of building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia. The Public Service Commission plans to meet Tuesday as it debates whether to approve Georgia Power's recent spending as it builds two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

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Deborah Borg Named President, Dow USA

December 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Deborah Borg, vice president of the Human Resource Partner Organization, has been named president of Dow USA. Borg will be responsible for coordinating Dow’s activities across the U.S. and play an instrumental role in representing Dow's interests to key stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, joint venture partners, key government organizations and communities.

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Magnum Hunter Loses Control of Gas Well

December 15, 2014 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. says that it lost control of a natural gas well in Ohio over the weekend. The well located in Monroe County had been temporarily plugged while work was being done elsewhere onsite. But when workers tried to resume production operations Saturday afternoon, the well began to flow uncontrollably.

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 4:34 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. Additional gains came from food and wood, plastics and rubber-based products. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. 

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Congress Clears Way For Copper Mine in Arizona

December 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A trade of public and private lands needed to allow the development of a massive copper mine 70 miles southeast of Phoenix is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk as part of the nation's annual defense funding bill. The annual defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Friday includes the trade that will allow Resolution Copper Mining Co. to develop the mine near Superior, touted as the largest in North America.

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UN Climate Talks Deadlocked

December 15, 2014 10:16 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | Comments

The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what information should go into the pledges that countries submit for a global climate pact expected to be adopted next year in Paris. But even that became complicated as several developing nations rebelled against a draft decision they said blurred the distinction between what rich and poor countries can be expected to do.

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13 Workers Killed at Power Plant in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A sudden collapse at the site of Ecuador's largest-ever infrastructure project killed 13 people and injured a dozen more, officials said Sunday. The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

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