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U.S. Sailors Sue Japanese Utility Over Radiation

April 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.

"Poison Spring" Details Dirty EPA History

April 8, 2014 10:34 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

E.G. Vallianatos' complaints about the heavy influence that large corporations wield over the U.S. government and environmental policy won't be news to anyone. What is surprising and depressing in "Poison Spring," however, is when that influence began, especially over the regulation of pesticides.

The federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at th

No Further Contamination In Nuclear Dump

April 7, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews investigating a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned up no contamination during a second trip farther into the half-mile-deep repository.

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A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Freedom Industries President "Bears No Fault"

April 7, 2014 10:22 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of Freedom Industries "bears no fault" for a West Virginia chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban for up to 10 days for 300,000 people, his lawyer says in a court filing.                

UN Panel Discusses The Future Of Fossil Fuels

April 7, 2014 9:55 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the world can curb the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are overheating the planet.                   

Chemical Firm Cleans Up Pollution In Spartanburg

April 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical company is helping clean up a Spartanburg neighborhood even as it fight claims that it polluted the ground and water, causing illnesses and dropping property values.                                

Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is selling its Australian gasoline stations and refinery to energy trader Vitol Group for 2.9 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion).

Poor Management Led To Shell Grounding

April 4, 2014 10:39 am | by RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor risk assessment and management were among factors that led to the grounding of a Shell oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Alaska in 2012, the Coast Guard said in a report released yesterday.                

Second Trip Into Nuclear Dump Expected Today

April 4, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico hope to make a second trip into the half-mile-deep repository Friday.                    

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Unilever Fined $4.5M For Clean Water Act Violations

April 4, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever is paying $4.5 million for environmental violations at its former health and beauty products manufacturing plant in Clinton.

Oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is selling its Chinese subsidiary for about $1.08 billion as it focuses more in the U.S. and Mexico.

Top 6 Toxic Sites In The Anadarko Settlement

April 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

These are the top toxic sites among thousands that are part of the $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. with approximate amount of funding for cleanup efforts and details about the sites, as provided by the Justice Department...

$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.                   

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.

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. 

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