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U.S. Agency: JPMorgan Manipulated Power Prices

July 30, 2013 9:39 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accusing JPMorgan Chase & Co. of manipulating electricity prices in 2010 and 2011. The commission claims the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from the agencies that run the power grids in California and the Midwest.

Scientists Collect Water Near Site of Blown Well

July 29, 2013 11:04 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. As the researchers worked, federal and private vessels could be seen coming and going from the site.

Thailand Resort Beach Blackened by Oil Spill

July 29, 2013 10:56 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province on Saturday morning from a leak in a pipeline.

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Proposal Addresses Pollution at Navajo Coal Plant

July 26, 2013 10:11 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants haze-causing nitrogen oxide emissions reduced by 84 percent at a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation, but a group meeting over the past few months on the proposal says it can do better.

US: Halliburton Agrees to Plead Guilty in Spill

July 26, 2013 10:08 am | News | Comments

Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said Thursday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal investigation charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana.

Court Petition Seeks EPA Action on Pesticide Drift

July 25, 2013 11:14 am | News | Comments

Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities. Pesticide Action Network, the United Farmworkers of America and other groups filed the petition Wednesday in San Francisco federal court.

DOE: Fracking Chemicals Didn't Contaminate Water

July 25, 2013 10:25 am | by WDTV | Videos | Comments

A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Energy and based on a year of monitoring reports no evidence to support claims that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing operations have contaminated drinking water aquifers in western Pennsylvania.

Temperature Monitor

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEASUREMENT & DETECTION: ThermoWorks, Inc.'s temperature monitor allows users to track and record two temperature probes remotely on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device as part of an industrial, scientific, or food service process.

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Mobile Ductless Fume Hood

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science USA’s mobile ductless fume hood is totally self-contained and provides all-around visibility. The unit is easily moved from laboratory to laboratory, and allows for easy installation.

Opposition to Frack Sand Mine Near Arcadia

July 24, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Some neighbors have expressed opposition to a proposed frack sand mine near Arcadia in western Wisconsin. AllEnergy Silica, the company that owns the mining rights, needs approval from the town and county before beginning mining operations on 800 acres.

La. Flood Board to Sue Oil Companies Over Erosion

July 24, 2013 10:06 am | by KEVIN McGILL & MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and gas industry has cost Louisiana hundreds of acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against flooding from hurricanes, officials in charge of New Orleans-area flood protection say in a lawsuit seeking to hold dozens of companies responsible.

Environmentalists Pan Kansas Coal Plant Provision

July 24, 2013 10:01 am | by JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned for southwest Kansas said Tuesday that developers of the nearly decade-old project still face obstacles in completing the work despite legislation approved by the U.S. House removing federal oversight of the project.

Congresswoman Seeks to Block Fracking Funding in Inglewood Oil Field

July 24, 2013 9:26 am | by Rep. Karen Bass | Videos | Comments

Rep. Karen Bass introduced an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014 that calls for no federal funds to be used to implement, administer or enforce fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field for the coming fiscal year.

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Lawsuit Alleges Ground Pollution in Myrtle Beach

July 23, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

A jury has been seated to hear one of three lawsuits alleging groundwater pollution by an electronics manufacturer in Myrtle Beach. The suit alleges that groundwater contaminated with a chemical known as TCE damaged property values in a 10-block area near the company's former plant.

Nuclear Plant Likely Leaking Radioactive Water into Sea

July 22, 2013 10:13 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. The delayed announcement underscores the criticisms the company has faced over the Fukushima crisis.

Refinery Wants to Change Wetlands Protection

July 22, 2013 10:04 am | News | Comments

A Westlake refinery is holding a public meeting this week about its proposal to sink a sheet metal barrier into the ground to keep chemicals out of Bayou Verdine. The Axiall Corp. refinery has been using wells to pump chlorinated hydrocarbons away from the bayou.

Exxon Contests $1.7M Penalty for Pipeline Break

July 18, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

Representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. appeared at before federal regulators Wednesday to contest $1.7 million in proposed civil penalties over a Montana oil spill. The penalties stem from a 2011 pipeline break that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Laurel.

Wyo. Governor Blasts EPA Over Haze Plan

July 18, 2013 10:10 am | by BOB MOEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the EPA to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming's air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness areas by further limiting air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.

EU Official: China Can Curb Pollution, Still Grow

July 18, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

The European Union's environment commissioner says China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth. Janez Potocnik also says China's serious pollution problems are an opportunity for European businesses that have developed technology to clean up water and air pollution.

EPA Says 3 Mo. Groups Getting Cleanup Funds

July 17, 2013 4:56 pm | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency said in a release Monday that agencies in Jefferson City, St. Louis, and Springfield, will receive a total of $1.6 million in supplemental revolving loan funds to help clean up and redevelop polluted sites.

Regulators: SW Mich. Nuke Plant Had More Leaks

July 17, 2013 4:54 pm | News | Comments

Regulators say southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant has had two leaks since shutting down in May to repair a leaking water storage tank. Jack Geissner, a commission branch chief, said Tuesday the most recent leak occurred last Wednesday in a pipe in the service water system.

Official Recinds Report Critical of Mining Industry, 'Just Assumed' It Said Otherwise

July 17, 2013 4:52 pm | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of the Iliamna Village Council said Wednesday that she did not review a report submitted on the council's behalf that backed up conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the potentially negative impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region.

NM Reaches $920K Settlement with Gas Processor

July 17, 2013 9:50 am | News | Comments

State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations. The Environment Department says the settlement with Occidental Permian Limited Partnership is worth more than $920,000.

Delaware Panel Dismisses Appeal of Refinery Permit

July 17, 2013 9:44 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Members of Delaware's Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted unanimously to dismiss an appeal of a state-issued permit for a new crude oil transfer station, ruling that they had no standing to challenge an air quality permit granted to PBF Energy in May.

PA Protestors on Fracking: 'Don't Want It Here'

July 16, 2013 12:47 pm | by phillyBurbs.com | Videos | Comments

Protestors gathered last week outside the offices of Pennsylvania Senator Chuck McIlhinney demanding a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking." The protest was part of a statewide push by anti-fracking citizens and environmental groups to put pressure on lawmakers.

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