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Officials: Broken Rail Caused West Virginia Train Derailment

October 9, 2015 | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Comments

A CSX train was carrying 3 million gallons of Bakken crude when it derailed Feb. 16 during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon.

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Judge Denies Environmentalists' Intervention in Exxon Case

October 9, 2015 2:19 pm | by MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press | Comments

A Democratic state senator and environmental groups cannot intervene in the state's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over contaminated gas stations and other sites, a New Jersey judge ruled Friday.


Waste Water Treatment Plants Fail to Completely Eliminate New Chemical Compounds

October 9, 2015 9:19 am | by University of the Basque Country | Comments

According to a piece of research by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, fish caught near these plants display a higher rate of endocrine disruptors


Chemical Treatment Helps Extend Shelf Life of Bananas

October 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A chemical that occurs naturally in egg yolks and soya beans could help significantly extend the shelf life of bananas, according to a recent study.


Gas Pipeline From Romania to Moldova to be Built in 2016

October 9, 2015 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Moldovan government official says work on a pipeline that will transport natural gas from Romania to the Moldovan capital will begin next year.


Alabama Water Authority Files Lawsuit Over 3M Chemicals

October 9, 2015 8:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Attorneys added that the company knew for years that conventional water treatment practices did not remove those chemicals, which the lawsuit linked to cancer and other health problems.


Ex-Railroad Town, Sparks Braces For Tesla, Switch Boom

October 9, 2015 8:47 am | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | Comments

Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there been such excitement — Tesla Motors and other technology companies are coming, and along with them thousands of jobs.


California to Phase Out Microbeads Used in Soaps, Toothpaste

October 9, 2015 8:42 am | by JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring California to phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.


Officials: Gas Facility Explosion Leaves 3 Workers Dead

October 9, 2015 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An explosion at a Louisiana natural gas facility Thursday left three workers dead and two seriously injured, police said.


Study Finds Way to Reduce Costs of Owning Hydrogen-Powered Cars

October 8, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Scientists at New Mexico's Sandia National Laboratories tweaked a material called molybdenum disulfide — or "molly" — to improve its performance as a hydrogen catalyst.


Shell to Spend $69M to Relocate Water Facilities

October 8, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shell Chemicals announced Tuesday that it will pay $69 million to relocate a western Pennsylvania water source that's currently on the site of the company's proposed ethane cracker plant.


Oil-Starved Nepal Seeks Suppliers to Bring Fuel by Air

October 8, 2015 9:22 am | by BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press | Comments

Struggling with a fuel shortage after Indian shipments stopped, Nepal is asking suppliers to bring gasoline and kerosene by airplane before the Himalayan country begins celebrating its biggest festival of the year.


South Africa a 'Dumping Ground' For Banned Chemicals

October 8, 2015 9:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Some companies within the industrial and agrochemicals industry are selling hazardous chemicals on the streets in un-decanted packaging," South Africa's Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs said.


Woman Awarded $1.6M Over DuPont Chemical in Water

October 8, 2015 8:48 am | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer | Comments

A jury awarded the damages to 59-year-old Carla Bartlett in one of two cases that could influence thousands of similar lawsuits over the chemical giant's discharge of perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as C8.


Monsanto to Eliminate 2,600 Jobs, Posts 4Q Loss

October 8, 2015 8:43 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer | Comments

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will eliminate 2,600 jobs as part of a cost-saving plan designed to deal with falling sales of its biotech seeds and herbicides, which pushed its quarterly losses deeper into the red.


Bankruptcy Judge Approves Chemical Spill Company's Plan

October 8, 2015 8:40 am | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | Comments

Freedom Industries' plan also will provide $1.4 million to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and environmental firms for continued cleanup work.



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