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NM Sets Nuclear Waste Deadline

March 4, 2014 10:31 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 the repository.

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.

Leak Concerns Arise At Hanford Nuclear Waste Facility

March 3, 2014 11:14 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.                       

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Keystone Protesters Arrested At The White House

March 3, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Stretched across the bottom of the Straights of Mackinac are two 20-inch pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily. The pipes were laid in 1953 and they've never leaked, but a growing chorus is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up p

Buried Great Lakes Pipelines Raise Spill Fears

March 3, 2014 10:37 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Stretched across the bottom of the Straights of Mackinac are pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily. Although they've never leaked, a growing chorus is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up production elsewhere boosts the amount of oil coursing through pipelines.

Greener Chemistry Soon To Be A Reality In California

March 3, 2014 6:02 am | by Michael Kirschner, Principal Consultant, ENVIRON | Articles | Comments

The State of California, through its Department of Toxic Substances Control, is proceeding with a major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products. The state’s actions could significantly impact the way many consumer products are made and sold in California and throughout the United States.

At sites across the country, coal ash dumped decades ago is dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products. In Wisconsin, for example, the utility We Energies is recycling ash for use in an interstate construction project.

States Rush To Recycle Their Coal Ash

February 28, 2014 10:53 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of recent spills, coal ash dumped decades ago across the country is being dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products.                            

Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely and have raised questions about a cornersto

Radiation Leak Raises Questions About Nuclear Cleanup Nationwide

February 28, 2014 10:49 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely and have raised questions about a cornerstone of the Department of Energy's $5-billion-a-year program for cleaning up legacy waste scattered across the country.

Fight Over 'Big Oil" Bill Heats Up

February 28, 2014 10:28 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands announced plans to fight legislation they say could undermine not only the lawsuit, but the political independence of the board.

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WI Eases Up On Sand Mine Regulations

February 27, 2014 11:16 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Republican state senator has stepped back from his plans to curtail local sand mine regulations, introducing a bill Wednesday that would shield existing mines from new restrictions but allow municipalities to impose regulations on new operations.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is touting the state's new air pollution curbs on the oil and gas industry — but he insists that local efforts to curb drilling run afoul of constitutional property rights.

CO Governor Touts Air Pollution Rules But Won't Curb Drilling

February 26, 2014 10:48 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is touting the state's new air pollution curbs on the oil and gas industry — but he insists that local efforts to curb drilling run afoul of constitutional property rights.

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 Energy Forced To Move Away From River

February 26, 2014 10:36 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators say they may force Duke Energy to move a pair of leaky coal ash dumps, more than three weeks after a massive spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge.

A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates that up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.

Researchers Conclude Coal Ash Spill Totaled 35M Gallons

February 26, 2014 10:32 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates that up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.

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.

Creditors Question Freedom Industries In Court

February 26, 2014 10:29 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Residents Question Safety After Nuclear Waste Leak

February 25, 2014 10:31 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials investigating a leak from the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed at New Orleans today following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil from a barge.

Mississippi Reopens After Spill

February 25, 2014 10:05 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.                          

Contentious Mining Regulations Hit Maine Statehouse

February 25, 2014 10:03 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed overhaul of Maine's mining regulations made its way to state lawmakers on Monday as supporters and critics remain deeply divided over whether expanded metallic mining is the answer to Maine's economic problems or will result in the demise of the natural resources that make the state special.

For weeks, government officials have said the running water in nine WV counties is suitable for all daily needs. But many of the 300,000 residents whose water was contaminated Jan. 9, are not convinced.

Controversy Continues Over WV Water Safety

February 25, 2014 10:00 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal health official says it's safe to use water contaminated by a chemical spill in West Virginia last month. It's hardly the first time the CDC told 300,000 affected West Virginians to drink, cook with or otherwise use their tap water. The agency has just avoided calling the water "safe."

The Obama administration is facing off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

Supreme Court Reevaluates EPA Power

February 24, 2014 11:30 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is facing off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.                          

CO Approves New Oil & Gas Drilling Rules

February 24, 2014 11:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials approved a sweeping plan Sunday to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling, including the nation's first statewide limit on methane emissions.                             

New federal carbon dioxide emission rules for coal-fired power plants will be the focus of a national energy conference in Morgantown.

Energy Conference Focuses On Power Plant Emissions

February 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New federal carbon dioxide emission rules for coal-fired power plants will be the focus of a national energy conference in Morgantown.                                   

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed at New Orleans today following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil from a barge.

Oil Spill Closes The Mississippi At New Orleans

February 24, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed at New Orleans today following a weekend collision that resulted in crude oil spilling from a barge.                              

Wastewater plants, paper mills and food processors could take up to two decades to comply with Wisconsin's phosphorus discharge limits under a bill approved Thursday in the state Assembly.

WI Approves Delaying Phosphorus Rules

February 21, 2014 10:29 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wastewater plants, paper mills and food processors could take up to two decades to comply with Wisconsin's phosphorus discharge limits under a bill approved Thursday in the state Assembly.                       

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

Eliminating Energy Costs And Carbon Footprint

February 21, 2014 6:55 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The experts at Carbon Lighthouse are working together with industrial and commercial facilities to reduce emissions and dramatically save on energy costs. Their first mission is to serve the environment by finding and delivering financially beneficial solutions for clients and move them closer to becoming carbon neutral. 

Controversy Stirs Over Trash-To-Energy Plant In Vegas

February 20, 2014 4:12 pm | by CONOR SHINE, Las Vegas Sun | News | Comments

City staff and the planning commission approved the plant plans late last year but hit a snag at a city council meeting this month when neighbors showed up in force to voice their concerns, urging officials to relocate the project 25 miles away at the Apex Landfill.

NY Village Appeals Ban On Fracking Water Sales

February 20, 2014 4:10 pm | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups and a Steuben County village are headed to an appeals court over water sales to a Shell Oil Company subsidiary for shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

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