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EPA Continues Push For Water Rules

September 16, 2014 10:22 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.

WV Spill Hearings Postponed For A Year

September 16, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won't get a hearing for another year.                                     

Leaky Wells, Not Fracking, Taint Water

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead.                                            

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Chemical Reform Bill Faces Uphill Senate Battle

September 15, 2014 10:03 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, who told The Associated Press this week that the draft still falls short.

Scientists Discover Radioactive Waste-Eating Bacteria

September 11, 2014 4:01 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal, according to researchers involved in a study at The University of Manchester.                                              

Scientists: Ozone Layer Is Recovering

September 11, 2014 9:45 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

In North Carolina, Coal Ash Regulation Is About To Become Law

September 10, 2014 10:40 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he won't sign a new law regulating Duke Energy's toxic coal ash pits because he has problems with it, but he will allow the legislation to become law without his signature.                      

Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 10:38 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state's legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.          

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Judge Hears Arguments On Mining Near The Grand Canyon

September 10, 2014 10:36 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mining industry groups say a ban on the filing of new hard rock mining claims near the Grand Canyon is irresponsible public policy, but the federal government and conservationists say it will protect water flowing through the canyon from potential contamination.

House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 10:32 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts more regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands, and would threaten farmers' ability to farm their own land.

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.

Judge Worries Freedom Industries Will Abandon WV Spill Site

September 8, 2014 4:08 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankruptcy judge is concerned that a chemical company may abandon the site of a massive January spill without cleaning it up.                                      

After Algae Scare, States Ask EPA For Help

September 8, 2014 10:19 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Algae that turned Lake Erie green and produced toxins that fouled the tap water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area are becoming a big headache for those who keep drinking water safe even far beyond the Great Lakes.                           

Anti-Fracking Billboards Come Down

September 8, 2014 10:10 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages are coming down.                       

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Fight Erupts Over New England Natural Gas Plan

September 8, 2014 10:06 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans by New England officials to expand natural gas have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists and local and state officials. Now, a lawyer who represents a pipeline company, manufacturers and two organized labor groups is accusing environmental advocates of abandoning their early support for cleaner energy and trying to block pipeline projects.

Fines & Hearings Continue Over Fracking Issues

September 8, 2014 10:04 am | by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists want to lift a cap on fines for violations, while industry officials want to limit who can ask for a public hearing as each side prepares for their last shot at changing proposed rules governing high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.                

BP Spill By The Numbers

September 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look by the numbers at the nation's worst offshore oil disaster, which occurred in April 2010 when BP PLC's Macondo well blew, resulting in an explosion and deaths aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon.                

Gulf Of Mexico Residents Hail Ruling Against BP

September 5, 2014 10:08 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.               

Montana Coal Deal To Boost Asian Exports

September 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast.                                                

Ruling To Cost BP Extra $18B; Stock Slumps

September 4, 2014 4:42 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A judge's ruling in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill case that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion in fines sent the company's shares tumbling.                                       

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.

Judge: Reckless Conduct Caused BP Oil Spill

September 4, 2014 4:27 pm | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP acted "recklessly" and bears most of the responsibility for the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties.                                           

Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 4, 2014 4:17 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management admits.                    

States Anxiously Await Court Decision On Proposed Carbon Standards

September 4, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twelve state attorneys general are urging an appeals court to decide quickly on a lawsuit over the legality of proposed carbon emission standards.                                    

Kansas Chemical Company Under Investigation

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. environmental regulators are investigating a Kansas chemical manufacturing company over allegations it unlawfully disposed of fluids down a well in violation of federal safe drinking water laws, unsealed search warrants show.              

Saving Lives By Lowering Emissions

September 3, 2014 4:45 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

After scoring a Supreme Court victory this spring, the Environmental Protection Agency can move forward with its strategy to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants in several states — and new research suggests the impact could be lifesaving.

Extent Of Jet Fuel Leak Contamination Still Unknown

September 3, 2014 4:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Air Force still hasn't determined the extent of contamination from a fuel leak discovered 15 years ago at a New Mexico base, and it wants some reports it compiled on the leak tossed, according to a letter from a base commander to stage regulators. 

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