The federal government reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that it will increase inspections of coal-ash ponds in the wake of high-profile accidents that fouled waterways in other states, and implement other reforms in the division that oversees mining and oil and gas exploration.
Duke Energy's chief executive said the company is putting together a detailed plan to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash pits across the state, but that it could take time to complete the task because Duke was taking a "fact-based and disciplined approach" to the problem.
Crews made their first trip into the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico on Wednesday to begin investigating a radiation release in February that contaminated 21 workers, the U.S. Department of Energy said.
Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and international competition, continue to struggle against an old adversary - Washington, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has instituted tough rules and regulations on businesses, leading many to believe that compliance is not only futile, but may lead to closures of many facilities.
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.
The captains of the two vessels that collided in the Houston Ship Channel were aware they were perilously close to one another but still failed to avert a spill that dumped 168,000 gallons of oil into the water, according to a U.S. Coast Guard audio recording.
Duke Energy is asking a judge to prevent citizens groups from taking part in any enforcement action that would make the company clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across North Carolina.
For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have successfully removed most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kinds. A variety of EPA-approved pesticides are available for use in processing facilities, but a better, long-term solution is to prevent infestation in the first place.
For the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within a tiny part of a 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant.
Frustrated by federal government delays, the state of Washington issued its own plan for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site.
The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.
On the same day the world's scientists issued their latest report on climate change and the risks it poses to society, the nation's biggest oil and gas company said the world's climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from selling fossil fuels far into the future.
A California utility that invested in a Montana wind farm has accused the developer of fraudulently concealing that federal wildlife officials recommended the project get a permit in case it harms eagles.
Unsurprisingly, many are using the West Viriginia chemical spill to push the government to tighten chemical regulations across the country. The typical reaction to this kind of incident is to demand increased transparency - but is that the real problem? And is it a real solution? A new report lays out some of the myths and facts surrounding the spill and the media frenzy that followed.
The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.
Iowa senators unanimously approved bills designed to encourage the state's production of wind and solar power, but a proposal to encourage more use of renewable fuels was delayed because of concerns about cost.
A request by the president of Freedom Industries to get paid is facing opposition in bankruptcy court.
Worried about getting a fair shake from investigators, Duke Energy is asking a judge to shield its records from North Carolina regulators and environmental groups while a federal criminal probe is ongoing.
A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
One large oil spill in western North Dakota is nearly cleaned up, but work will continue for at least another week on a separate release near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, the state Health Department says.
Photos taken earlier this month show that North Carolina regulators apparently failed to notice a large crack opening in an earthen dam holding back millions of tons of Duke Energy's coal ash near the Cape Fear River.
Duke Energy shareholders are calling on the company's board to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge.
An initial assessment of a Lake Michigan oil spill shows that between nine and 18 barrels of crude oil entered the lake following a malfunction at oil giant BP's sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.
Crews from BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected a section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said.