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Drilling Firm Challenges Waste Ordinance

August 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas and oil drilling company has sued a western Pennsylvania township, claiming that an ordinance passed to ban the disposal of drilling byproducts like fracking fluids and briny water is illegal and trumped by state and federal law.

$1.5 Wastewater Violation Still Unpaid In North Dakota

August 11, 2014 10:53 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's been two years since state regulators touted a record $1.5 million fine against a company for illegally dumping 20,000 barrels of toxic liquid and threatening drinking water supplies near a large western North Dakota city, and little has changed. The now-dissolved company is under federal investigation, the penalty is unpaid and the affected site is still contaminated.

Claims Grow Against WV Spill Company

August 11, 2014 10:51 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charleston-based Freedom Industries can expect about 5,000 groups to ask for money in bankruptcy claims over the spill, said the case's claims agent, James Lane.                          

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

EPA Regulations And American Manufacturing

August 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

The EPA, as well-intentioned as it may be, is often met with staunch opposition from the industrial sector and the political right. Backing the EPA, more frequently than not, are environmentalist and the left. But who’s right, and is there a clear winner? 

WV Chemical Spill Cost: $11M

August 8, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia water supplier has taken an $11 million hit to address a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people's tap water.                                  

EPA To Hold Public Pebble Mine Meetings

August 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting public meetings in Alaska on proposed restrictions for development of the Pebble Mine.                                    

Green Can Mean Clean

August 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Eastman ChemCo | Videos | Comments

Eastman Omnia high-performance solvent proves it’s possible to have a product that’s both “green” and highly effective at removing tough soils. This solvent, which meets CARB’s LVP-VOC criteria, is changing the chemistry of clean through its winning combination of exceptional human and environmental safety, strong performance, and value through its versatility.

NRG Closing Illinois Coal Plant

August 7, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has announced plans to close one Illinois coal-fired generating unit in Romeoville and convert a facility in Joliet to natural gas to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The company says the move will eliminate 250 jobs. 

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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.

WV Seeks $1.8M From Freedom Industries After Spill

August 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                         

WTO Upholds Rare Earth Ruling Against China

August 7, 2014 3:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.

No Leaks Found In Pavillion Gas Wells

August 7, 2014 9:28 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A draft state report released Wednesday on a possible explanation why well water in a central Wyoming gas field smells foul and tastes bad points away from leaky gas wells as a source of the problem.                

Environmental Groups Cut Ties With The Center For Sustainable Shale Development

August 6, 2014 3:35 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another environmental group has distanced itself from the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a hotly-debated partnership of major energy companies, green groups and foundations.                     

Coal Ash Victim Settlement Approved

August 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has approved an agreement by the nation's largest public utility to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.              

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EPA Emission Hearings Begin In Maine

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's New England chief is attending a public hearing to get feedback on the first-ever federal standards for power plants.                          

New West Blast Bill Would Delay Regulations

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.  

Eerie Water Crisis Far From Over

August 5, 2014 3:49 pm | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The threat of toxins contaminating water supplies along western Lake Erie is far from over even after Ohio's fourth-largest city declared its water safe again. The chances of another water emergency over the next few months will depend a lot the winds, rains and temperatures that dictate how large the algae grow and where algae blooms end up.

Residents Call For Refinery Emission Restrictions

August 5, 2014 3:44 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents living near oil refineries and environmental activists are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt stricter emissions standards to reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.                    

Tainted Lake Water Still Under Scrutiny

August 5, 2014 9:58 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor is promising an extensive review of how the water supply for 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan became tainted with a toxin over the weekend while a high-ranking state lawmaker is planning hearings on the blooms of algae fouling Lake Erie.                 

China To Ban Coal In Beijing By 2020

August 5, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                           

Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

Looking to save money and go green in your warehouse? It's not only possible, it's the best way to go in today's world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.

Hearing Held In Texas To Address Refinery Rules

August 4, 2014 4:42 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents will have an opportunity in Galena Park to give their opinion on a series of proposed federal rules that include forcing refineries to report emissions of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.                                     

New Ozone Regulations Could Cost U.S. GDP & Jobs

August 4, 2014 4:36 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

A new study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reveals that a more stringent ozone standard from the Obama Administration could reduce GDP by $270 billion per year and carry a compliance price tag of $2.2 trillion from 2017 to 2040, increasing energy costs and placing millions of jobs at risk.

Mississippi Power Settles Coal Litigation

August 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by JACK ELLIOTT JR., Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County.

Toledo's Water Declared Safe

August 4, 2014 3:44 pm | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two days after warning some 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan not to drink their tap water, the mayor of Ohio's fourth-largest city declared on Monday that the water was now safe and took a sip.                         

Colorado Governor Strikes A Fracking Deal

August 4, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado's Democratic governor urged those pushing dueling proposals on oil and gas drilling to stop their campaigns to avoid a messy ballot fight and called for a task force to deal with energy development.                

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