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Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 11:39 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state said monitoring wells near Duke's dumps at Sutton showed readings exceeding state groundwater standards or boron, thallium, selenium, iron, manganese and other chemicals.

Houston Ship Channel Spill Cleanup to Take Several Days

March 11, 2015 10:05 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

About a 4-mile to 8-mile stretch of the ship channel remained closed as crews worked to deal with the gasoline additive that spilled after two 600-foot ships collided on Monday in foggy conditions.

Groups Ask For Stricter Pesticide Regulations to Protect Honeybees

March 10, 2015 3:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The letter, signed by 128 groups, called on the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action to regulate the use of neonicotinoids.

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New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts it Into Energy

March 10, 2015 3:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The wastewater, called brine, contains high levels of salt and toxic organic compounds that could impact local water supplies if not properly contained. 

Seattle Mayor, Council Seek Review of Shell Drilling Fleet

March 10, 2015 11:33 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

City officials said Monday they want to review whether current permits allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to lease port property along the Seattle waterfront for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.

Lawmakers Move to Halt New Jersey's $225M Exxon Settlement

March 10, 2015 10:23 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey legislative committee advanced a resolution on Monday calling for the rejection of a deal Gov. Chris Christie's administration announced last week to settle a decade-old lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for $225 million, a fraction of what the state previously sought for environmental damage from the oil company.

Well Setbacks Hearing Focuses Oil Economics, Health Concerns

March 10, 2015 10:15 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil drilling economics and public health concerns tussled in tug-of-war Monday as the petroleum industry, advocacy groups and homeowners told state regulators what they think should be the minimum distance between homes, and oil and gas wells in Wyoming and why.

Chemical Exposure Could Cost Billions in Health Care Expenses

March 9, 2015 4:56 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

New regulations targeting endocrine disrupters — which are found in thousands of products — are likely to have sweeping impacts across the chemicals industry.

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Illinois Oil Train Derailment Involved Safer Tank Cars

March 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Railroad company officials say a fiery oil train derailment in western Illinois involved tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires.

3 Arguments Against Lifting The Crude Ban — That Are Still (Mostly) Bogus

March 6, 2015 9:54 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

With tanks of oil piling up in the U.S., the drumbeat for lifting the crude export ban has been getting louder — but many in Congress are still reluctant to let the ban go. Here are some of the arguments in support of keeping the ban and how they stack up against the facts.

Study of Tibetan Ice Shows Chemical Regulations Are Effective

March 5, 2015 4:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Researchers called the results "encouraging" and noted the study showed international agreements and chemical bans can gradually "reduce the prevalence of toxic chemicals."

New Jersey Officially Announces $225M Exxon Mobil Settlement

March 5, 2015 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say it is the largest environmental settlement in state history — though it has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers who say it is for a mere fraction of the nearly $9 billion initially sought.

Plantation Owners Seeking Answers About Mercury Pollution

March 5, 2015 10:24 am | by DAVID J. MITCHELL, The Advocate | News | Comments

A nearby plant turns bauxite ore shipped from Jamaica into alumina, which supplies the company's aluminum smelter in Missouri.

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Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 4, 2015 2:41 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama's proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. 

Humans Adapted to Arsenic

March 4, 2015 10:47 am | by Molecular Biology and Evolution | Articles | Comments

High up in the high Andes mountains of Argentina, researchers have identified the first evidence of a population uniquely adapted to tolerate the toxic chemical arsenic.

California Shuts Down Oil Wells to Protect Groundwater

March 4, 2015 10:42 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Years of confusion, lax oversight and miscommunication among state and federal regulators are to blame for injecting protected groundwater with the waste, says a separate report California's Environmental Protection Agency.

Pics of The Day: Used Motor Oil Spills Into River

March 4, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

It'd seem even prettier if it wasn't so dangerous — on Tuesday as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil stored in an above ground tank leaked into irrigation canals before slithering a river in Washington.

California to Classify Styrene as Carcinogen

March 3, 2015 3:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Styrene is used primarily in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins, and occupational exposure can occur in polystyrene factories and in the reinforced plastics industry.

Ohio Sues BP For More Than $33M in Cleanup of Storage Tanks

March 3, 2015 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio is suing oil and gas company BP for more than $33 million, alleging it double dipped by taking state funds and money from insurers to clean up accidental leaks from underground storage tanks at hundreds of its gas stations around the state.

Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill in Appomattox River

March 3, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a fuel spill in the Appomattox River.

Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 3, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

According to local media, a “move is afoot” among some New York residents to secede from the state and join Pennsylvania, where the controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas has bolstered the local economy.

Mexico Fines Mine $1.5 Million For Spill, Lets it Reopen

March 2, 2015 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexican authorities have fined a mining company about $1.5 million for an Aug. 7 spill of copper sulfate and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers in northern Mexico.

EU Nations Get Power to Ban Genetically-Modified Crops

March 2, 2015 4:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.

'60 Minutes' Exposes Toxic Chemical in Lumber Liquidators' Flooring; Company's Stocks Take a Hit

March 2, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The report, which aired on CBS on Sunday, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen.

2 Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans; No Spill

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New Orleans Public Belt Railway cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of crude went off the tracks.

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