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$5.15B Settlement Reached With Anadarko Petroleum

April 4, 2014 10:22 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Illinois Increases Coal Ash Pond Inspections

April 4, 2014 10:15 am | by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 Needs Time To Clean Up Coal Ash

April 3, 2014 10:47 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Crews Enter Nuclear Waste Dump For The First Time

April 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

What EPA Overregulation Means For U.S. Manufacturing

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid | Articles | Comments

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.

A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a special session.

WV Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 11:00 am | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                                

New Audio From Houston Channel Oil Spill

April 2, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 says it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river on Tuesday as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plant

Duke Wants Citizen Groups Kept Out Of Ash Action

April 2, 2014 10:48 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                   

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For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have been credited with successfully removing most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kind

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

April 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Articles | Comments

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.

Japan Allows Residents Back Into Evacuation Zone

April 1, 2014 10:40 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.                              

Washington State Proposes Hanford Cleanup Deadlines

April 1, 2014 10:30 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated by federal government delays, the state of Washington issued its own plan for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site.                                   

Maker Of d-CON Pushes Back Against California Green Chemistry Laws

April 1, 2014 10:27 am | by CHANNING JOSEPH, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                 

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth

Exxon: Fossil Fuel Consumption Here To Stay

April 1, 2014 10:19 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

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.

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Montana Wind Farm Fraud

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                                      

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Looking Back At The West Virginia Chemical Spill: Myths & Facts

April 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

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. 

No Additional Oil Found In Lake Michigan

March 31, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 Pushes For Wind & Solar, Stalls On Biofuels

March 31, 2014 10:38 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.            

Freedom Industries' President Will Not Be Paid During Bankruptcy

March 31, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A request by the president of Freedom Industries to get paid is facing opposition in bankruptcy court.                                         

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Tries To Keep Records From Regulators

March 31, 2014 10:31 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                      

Ex-BP Engineer Seeks Sentencing Delay

March 27, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                                   

North Dakota Oil Spill Cleanup Continues

March 27, 2014 2:59 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Regulators Missed The Crack In Coal Ash Dam

March 27, 2014 2:51 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                           

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Duke Shareholders Call For Ash Spill Probe

March 27, 2014 2:47 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Coast Guard Gives Barrel Count For Lake Michigan Spill

March 27, 2014 10:33 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Oil Spill In Lake Michigan

March 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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