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Oil Spill Cleanup Continues In Texas

March 25, 2014 11:02 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three days after the collision, the cleanup effort is still going on in earnest. But authorities hope the channel's closure could end sometime today, allowing more than 80 stranded ships to resume activity.                   

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 Emphasizes Difference Between SC And NC Coal Ash Ponds

March 25, 2014 10:50 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy officials assured South Carolina regulators that the utility's two coal ash ponds in the state are safe, in part because they are designed differently from a pond in North Carolina that dumped millions of gallons of contaminated water into a river.

5 Things To Know About The Texas Oil Spill

March 25, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

What happened, who is at fault, what is the response and how will the environment and economy be impacted by the weekend oil spill in Texas?                                                             

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Ship Collision Spills 168,000 Gallons Of Oil

March 24, 2014 11:20 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as about a fifth of its cargo into the waterway.

Oil Spill Closes U.S. Shipping Channel

March 24, 2014 11:06 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | News | Comments

No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

Bugs Are Eating Biotech Corn

March 24, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa State University researchers found that rootworms have developed resistance to two of the four genetic traits in corn plants that are engineered to kill rootworms. Iowa State professor Aaron Gassmann said the problem isn't widespread yet, but farmers and seed companies should consider changing their approaches to pest control.

Alaska To Build Coal Plant Without Regard For Regulations

March 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, is sponsoring a resolution asking the governor to consider the feasibility and cost of building power plants on state land "without regard to federal permits or restrictions."                      

Pest Management Key To FSMA Compliance

March 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Missy Henriksen and Dr. Jim Fredericks, the National Pest Management Association | Articles | Comments

The first Food Safety Modernization Act deadline will force food facilities to evaluate their operations, implement and monitor measures to prevent contamination and develop an action plan to counter it. One of the best ways facilities can comply with this new rule is with a rigorous pest management program.

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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 Accused Of Intentionally Polluting Cape Fear River

March 21, 2014 10:29 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation's largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.

In the dessert of Oman, the water used to drill for crude oil is being cleaned using only reeds, gravity, sunlight and hungry microbes.

Naturally Purifying Drilling Water

March 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Shell | Videos | Comments

In the dessert of Oman, the water used to drill for crude oil is being cleaned using only reeds, gravity, sunlight and hungry microbes.                                            

25 Years After Exxon Valdez

March 20, 2014 9:49 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the nation's largest oil spill...                             

Tonawanda Plant Manager Faces Sentencing

March 19, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A western New York industrial plant and its environmental controls manager face sentencing Wednesday for illegally releasing the carcinogen benzene into the air and improperly handling hazardous sludge.                    

OH Oil Pipeline Springs Thousand-Gallon Leak

March 18, 2014 4:52 pm | by DAN SEWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of gallons of crude oil has leaked from an interstate pipeline into the area of a southwest Ohio nature preserve, authorities said.                               

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Mississippi River Coal Pollution Suit Filed

March 18, 2014 4:46 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal terminal south of New Orleans has been polluting the Mississippi River for years and continues to do so daily, three environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit.                               

Federal Grand Jury Investigates Duke Energy Spill

March 18, 2014 10:58 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury planned to convene Tuesday as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.                           

California Announces First Three Green Chemistry 'Priority Products'

March 18, 2014 1:00 am | by By Peter Hsiao, William Tarantino, and Lois Miyashiro | Articles | Comments

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its highly anticipated list of the first products and chemicals to be evaluated under the state’s innovative Safer Chemical Product regulations. Although DTSC had legal authority to regulate five products under the implementing regulations, they selected only three classes of products.   

NC Laws Protected Coal Ash Pits

March 17, 2014 5:05 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the regulatory reform bill never once mentions coal ash, it allowed Duke Energy to avoid any costly cleanup of contaminated groundwater leaching from its unlined dumps toward rivers, lakes and the drinking wells of nearby homeowners.

Colorado Oil Company Facing Spill Fines

March 17, 2014 5:02 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado oil company will likely be sanctioned for not heeding a warning to properly secure a North Dakota well that flooded and spilled oil near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.             

OH Groups Seek Federal Coal Review

March 17, 2014 4:58 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Two Ohio environmental groups will ask federal regulators to investigate circumstances surrounding expired pollution-discharge permits at an agency where allegations of coal-industry influence arose during a personnel flap last year.                   

NJ To Ban All Fracking Waste

March 17, 2014 4:52 pm | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a ban on treating or storing waste products created by hydraulic fracturing operations in the natural gas exploration industry.                        

Freedom Industries President Wants To Get Paid

March 17, 2014 11:21 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings.                      

Environmental Regulators Slow To Clean Up Oil Spill

March 17, 2014 11:07 am | by JAY REEVES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental regulators promised an aggressive cleanup after a tanker train hauling 2.9 million gallons of crude oil derailed and burned in a west Alabama swamp. So why is dark, smelly crude oil still oozing into the water four months later?

Free Rides Combat Pollution In Europe

March 17, 2014 7:00 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Air pollution that has turned the skies over Paris a murky yellow and shrouded much of Belgium for days forced drivers to slow down Friday and gave millions a free ride on public transportation.

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.

Emails Tie Duke Energy To NC Regulators

March 14, 2014 10:38 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Internal emails between staff at North Carolina's environmental agency suggest state regulators were coordinating with Duke Energy before intervening in efforts by citizens groups trying to sue the company over groundwater pollution leeching from its coal ash dumps.

KY Coal Firm Slapped With Illegal Dumping Fine

March 13, 2014 10:52 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kentucky coal company will pay $660,000 in fines for illegally dumping mining debris into Appalachian streams under a proposed order in federal court.                           

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