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Record $14M Fine For Titanium Waste Dumping

May 15, 2014 10:25 am | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Henderson, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.             

Canada Declares Pipeline Companies Liable For Any Spill Costs

May 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government says pipeline companies will be liable for all costs and damages from a spill, regardless of fault or negligence under a new law.                          

10,000 Gallons Of Oil Coat Los Angeles

May 15, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.                            

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Saving Thousands By Removing Scale

May 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, Scalewatcher | Articles | Comments

Liaoyang Petroleum’s Olefin Factory in the Hongwei District of mainland China, producing MEG and polypropylene, is saving $65,000 a year in maintenance following the installation of a computerized, electronic water conditioner.   

Obama's Climate Rules Won't Wait

May 14, 2014 4:23 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unlike the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose review the administration has delayed, probably until after the elections, the clock is ticking for the power plant rules — the cornerstone of Obama's campaign to curb climate change. Unless he starts now, the rules won't be in place before he leaves office in 2017, making it easier for his successor to stop them.

Big Island Geothermal Plant Cited

May 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A geothermal plant on the Big Island of Hawaii has been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for 14 violations, accused of failing to properly maintain and monitor its operations.                                

Protecting Detroit's Water With Better Controls

May 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Detroit’s Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of the largest in the United States, serving more than a third of Michigan’s population. To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins 25 years ago. By capturing and substantially treating the storm water, the basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.

North Dakota Fracking Well Still Leaking

May 13, 2014 11:17 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil well near the town of Tioga, North Dakota continued to leak oil, gas and fracking fluid on Monday, days after authorities learned about the problem, a local official said.                               

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Idaho Milk Plant Hit With Fines

May 13, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A south-central Idaho milk processing company has agreed to pay a $170,000 fine for dumping wastewater with acidity levels high enough to damage Jerome's wastewater treatment plant.                    

Chevron To Pay $875K For Utah Oil Spills

May 13, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have announced an $875,000 settlement with Chevron related to a pair of Utah oil spills in recent years.                                   

Colorado Oil Train Spills 6,500 Gallons

May 12, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Union Pacific Railroad says 6,500 gallons of oil spilled when a train derailed in northern Colorado on Friday.                                    

Businesses Struggle To Recover After Chemical Spill

May 12, 2014 10:50 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Restaurants and storefronts are buzzing again in West Virginia's capital city, but many still haven't filled a financial hole after chemicals sullied their running water and forced them to close for several days in January.                     

Recycling: The Primary Energy Efficiency Technology For Aluminum & Steel

May 9, 2014 11:12 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The production of iron, steel, and aluminum is a highly energy-intensive process, accounting for 10% of total manufacturing energy use. The use of recycling in the manufacturing process of these metals has been a main driver of improvements in energy efficiency within the industry.

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Preserving Fresh Water Through Innovation

May 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Shell | Videos | Comments

Check out how the Dawson Creek Reclaimed Water Project protects the water resources in and around the Groundbirch, BC fracking operation.                                                              

Fracking Well Leaks Into Creek

May 8, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal teams are still cleaning up after a shale well being drilled for fracking in southeast Ohio began leaking and the oily fluid ran into a nearby creek.                   

Connecticut Bans Fracking Waste Storage

May 8, 2014 10:48 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press. | News | Comments

A last-minute tussle over eel fishing in Connecticut interfered briefly with legislation that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives halting the storage and disposal of waste from gas exploration.                          

Texas City Contemplates Fracking Ban

May 8, 2014 10:44 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Texas city that sits on top of the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., could become the first area in the state to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing.                         

Turning Chemical Waste Into Fuel

May 8, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

Univar Inc. has reached a milestone in sustainability, shipping its 100 millionth gallon of fuel-quality waste for reuse from its waste chemical business to Systech Environmental Corporation, a North American byproduct co-processing services provider.

Connecticut Reaches Deal On Fracking Waste Bill

May 7, 2014 11:01 am | by SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's Senate endorsed a bipartisan compromise on how to handle the possibility of waste coming to Connecticut from hydraulic fracturing operations in other states.                                

Watchdog Looks Over The EPA's Shoulder In Alaska

May 7, 2014 10:52 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional requests and hotline complaints prompted the audit, which will look at whether the EPA followed laws, regulations and policies in developing its report, according to a memo from the office.                               

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 Offloads Related Business

May 7, 2014 10:50 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The now-bankrupt company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill wants to sell what's left at its other site to a company tied to former executives.                        

Coal Ash On The Road

May 7, 2014 10:48 am | by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Divided Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow for the use of coal ash and other industrial byproducts in cement and asphalt, approving legislation that would reclassify certain hazardous wastes for "beneficial use."                      

Adapting To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

May 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

As concern about the environmental impact of manufacturing grows, increased shareholder activism has the potential to affect any company’s approach. Recent changes in how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission looks at shareholder proposals are giving activists a bigger voice, forcing manufacturers adapt to the new environment.

Business Mediates Discussion Between Steel Plant & Environmental Regulators

May 5, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State business development officials led discussions with environmental regulators and a Detroit-area steel plant seeking to release higher amounts of toxins, according to a newspaper report.                     

Crews No Closer To Finding Source Of Nuclear Leak

May 2, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews searching for the source of a radiation release from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have found damaged bags of minerals in the mine, but officials say they have yet to identify what caused the radiation leak.           

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