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Judge: Oil, Gas Firms Not Liable For La. Coastal Erosion

February 16, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit charging oil and gas companies with destroying Louisiana's coastal wetlands.

Proposal Tries to Help Wean Washington Off Coal-Fired Power

February 16, 2015 11:06 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington state off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state's utilities to end the electricity it gets from coal.

EPA Could List New Jersey River Among Nation's Most Contaminated

February 13, 2015 12:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The local nonprofit Hackensack Riverkeeper petitioned the EPA for the investigation, citing "a long list of toxic chemicals and heavy metals" contaminating river sediment along a 22-mile stretch from Oradell to Newark Bay.

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Ex-W.Va. Chemical Company Executives Seek Delay of Trials

February 10, 2015 1:06 pm | by Charleston Daily Mail; Charleston, West Virginia | News | Comments

Four former executives of a West Virginia chemical company are asking a judge to delay their trials on charges stemming from a spill. Attorneys for former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern and former owners Dennis Farrell, Charles Herzing and William Tis requested the delays in motions filed last week.

Neighboring States Clash On EPA Coal Energy Regulation

February 10, 2015 12:40 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions. According to Benjamin Storrow of the Casper Star-Tribune, the EPA’s plan would require both states to meet a carbon reduction target—21 percent for Montana and 19 percent for Wyoming.

Scientists Warn That Novel Chemicals Found in Firefighters Blood Could be Toxic

February 9, 2015 4:51 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

According to the recently resleased research, there were nine fluorinated compounds in the data that stood out in only the firefighters’ blood, either exclusively or in higher concentrations — four of them are mystery compounds that have never been publically reported.

New Catalyst Could Pave The Way to a More Eco-Friendly Fertilizer

February 6, 2015 4:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Taking nitrogen from the air and converting it to ammonia under natural conditions is a process that has only happened in nature — until now. Ammonia is a key component of fertilizer, leading the scientists to report that the finding could be an important step toward creating a more eco-friendly fertilizer.

Ca. Allows Oilfield Dumping Into Drinking Water

February 5, 2015 5:19 pm | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

State records show that California's oil and gas regulators improperly allowed oil companies to inject drilling fluids into federally-protected water aquifers more than 2,500 times. The oil industry says the permits were valid and that the scrutiny comes from heightened sensitivity to wastewater issues. 

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Plant in St. James Parish Seeks Permit to Emit Mercury

February 5, 2015 5:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Advocated reports the owners of the once-bankrupt Kaiser Aluminum complex on the Mississippi River are asking state regulators for permission to release up to 250 pounds of mercury per year. That would make the plant one of the largest mercury polluters of Louisiana's air...

Ethanol From Derailed Train Leaking Into Mississippi River

February 5, 2015 5:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Railroad officials say it's unclear how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River following a train derailment in eastern Iowa, but that they're working to monitor the environmental impact and offload fuel from the train. Local authorities say three cars caught fire and three others plunged into the river.

Health, Chemical Industry Groups Spar Over Ozone Rule

February 4, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Lorraine Gershman of the American Chemistry Council told officials in Washington that the current standard is "the most stringent ever and has not been fully implemented across the United States," and that areas currently classified as non-compliant with the standard — where 120 million people reside — face substantial economic obstacles.

Goats Offered as Alternative For Clearing Area of Plutonium

February 2, 2015 5:17 pm | by Daily Camera; Boulder, Colo. | News | Comments

A goat herder who has a college degree in weed sciences told federal wildlife officials that she could eliminate the need for a possible 700-acre controlled burn at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge by turning her goats loose there and eliminate concerns over spreading radioactive plutonium.

Photo of The Day: Coal Ash Sludge

February 2, 2015 5:05 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The toxic sludge created by a coal ash spill in the eastern U.S. may have settled to the river’s floor — but the debate about how much the company responsible for the spill should now pay is just heating up. A year ago, the collapse of an old drainage pipe owned by Duke Energy Eden triggered the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history.

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As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

January 29, 2015 4:47 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

While plastics boast numerous social benefits, such extending the shelf life of food and reducing waste, efforts to keep it from impacting the environment have failed to keep pace with its use. It’s estimated that in the U.S., only 9 percent of post-consumer plastic was recycled in 2012...

Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 28, 2015 12:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argued those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades and remain in production currently, and therefore cannot be subject to a new EPA significant new use rule, or SNUR.

After Spill, Pipeline Company Says New Line Will Be Safer

January 23, 2015 3:25 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wyoming company says it will replace a pipeline that broke and spilled oil into the Yellowstone River with a new line buried more deeply to protect against future accidents. The spill contaminated the water supply for 6,000 residents of Glendive, Montana. Officials said Friday that city water was certified safe to drink after tests revealed it no longer had harmful levels of chemicals.

Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas Also Disturbing

January 22, 2015 5:06 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea Sparkle.

Past, Future Effects of Oil Argued in BP Penalty Trial

January 22, 2015 4:58 pm | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The 2010 BP oil spill's long-term effects on Gulf of Mexico sea life and coastal marshes remain uncertain, an environmental expert testified Wednesday as federal attorneys laid out their case for penalties against the oil corporation that could hit $13.7 billion.

Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

Senate Republicans Changing Their Stance on Global Warming? Not Quite.

January 22, 2015 4:41 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

In a move that shocked many Democrats and environmentalists, the Senate overwhelmingly voted 98-1 on Wednesday to approve an amendment stating that climate change is “real and not a hoax.” Even one of the most notorious global warming deniers, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, signed on to the amendment, which was offered during a debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

Mysterious Goo Blamed in Bay Area Bird Deaths; Tests Planned

January 20, 2015 3:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A mysterious sticky substance has been found coating the feathers of about 300 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past few days, and wildlife officials blame it for dozens of deaths. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said analysts already know it is not a petroleum-based substance.

Drinking Water Trucked Into Montana City After Oil Spill

January 20, 2015 10:15 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

The Magnetic Wand That Cleans up Oil Spills

January 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

You don't have to think hard to imagine why cleaning up an oil spill would be daunting — millions of gallons of oil floating in miles of ocean waters, dispersed by waves, weather and wildlife. The good news is that oil gathers in plumes, and one scientist is working on a way to remove those plumes from the water more efficiently. His secret? Magnets.

Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 3:58 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. In comments filed in December, leaders of utilities, state agencies and business groups called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan illegal, infeasible and economically unbearable.

UN Climate Talks Deadlocked

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