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Environmental Group Sues Dominion Over Coal Ash Ponds

March 20, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion Virginia Power is being sued by an environmental group that says a coal ash pond at a former power plant is polluting groundwater.

Obama to Order Gov't to Cut Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 19, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House.

More States Looking to Ban Microbeads

March 17, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The wide range of soaps and skin care products containing the pellets, called microbeads, sparked fears among researchers and environmental advocates about their effect on the water supply.

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Canada Safety Board Says Tank Car Standards Needed Sooner

March 17, 2015 5:04 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

"While the proposed standards look promising, the TSB has concerns about the implementation timeline," the Transportation Safety Board said in a statement.

Fight Over Keystone XL Doesn't Stall Pipeline Boom

March 17, 2015 11:36 am | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new line that connects the state's sprawling oilfields to an oil hub in Wyoming.

2 Former Freedom Owners Plead Guilty in Chemical Spill Case

March 16, 2015 4:33 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Each faces up to a year in prison when sentenced June 22. They also face fines of $25,000 per day per violation, or $100,000 — whichever is greater.

House to Vote on 'Secret Science' Bill

March 16, 2015 4:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on bills that would overhaul the standards for research cited by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scientists Develop New Carbon Capture Technology

March 16, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to a report in the journal Nature, Berkeley researchers modified metal composites with nitrogen compounds called diamines. The resulting molecule can bind with carbon dioxide at varying temperatures and without the presence of water.

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2 Former Freedom Owners Set For Plea Hearings in Spill Case

March 16, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The January 2014 spill contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days.

Court: Chemical Safety Board Can Investigate Offshore Spills

March 13, 2015 4:41 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal appeals court has again found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has the authority to investigate offshore oil spills.

Study: Carbon Emissions Stabilize Despite Growing Economy

March 13, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global energy emissions stayed stable last year even though the economy grew, according to data released Friday that could boost chances for a landmark climate accord later this year.

W.Va. Governor Signs prevailing Wage, Coal Mining Bills

March 13, 2015 2:32 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed bills Thursday that scale back the state's prevailing wage and cut safety and environmental rules for coal mining.

Oil Shipments to Resume in Pipeline That Broke Under River

March 12, 2015 11:37 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A Wyoming company is preparing to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River, even as most of the spilled oil remains unrecovered.

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Pipeline Foes Appeal to Nebraska Lawmakers in Testy Hearing

March 12, 2015 11:21 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 60 landowners and activists rallied at the state Capitol in Lincoln as pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. defended its use of eminent domain to gain access to property owned by holdouts.

California Battery Recycler to Close in Deal With Feds

March 12, 2015 9:45 am | by Los Angeles Times | News | Comments

A Los Angeles County battery recycler at the center of a long public fight over its toxic output has agreed to shutter its plant.

Canada to Propose Tougher Oil Tank Car Standards

March 12, 2015 9:32 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal, posted online Wednesday by Transport Canada, would require the cars to have outer "jackets," a layer of thermal protection, and thicker steel walls.

Chemical Regulations Act Gets a Major Reboot — But Not Everyone is Applauding

March 11, 2015 5:17 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The intent is to improve consumer safety with updated laws and regulations of toxic chemicals, and on face value, the bill seems to accomplish just that. But not everyone agrees on whether the provisions go far enough.

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.

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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