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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.             

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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.

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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.

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.                           

Fracking Secrets Case Bounces Through WY Courts

March 13, 2014 10:30 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The high court sent the case back to a lower court on a technicality, but noted that Wyoming didn't offer enough evidence that the state oil and gas supervisor was correct to withhold the ingredient lists in response to requests for them.   

NC Utilities Chairman Testifies In Coal Ash Investigation

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's top utilities regulator has been subpoenaed as part of the broadening criminal investigation triggered by last month's massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.           

Counterfeit drug sales tarnish a pharmaceutical brand’s reputation and take a toll on sales, but more importantly, they carry major health risks for consumers. By enforcing a nationwide standard for track-and-trace measures, new legislation will streamlin

All Eyes On Safety & Brand Protection

March 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Julie Ackerman, Senior Director, PR and Communications; PMMI | Articles | Comments

Counterfeit drug sales tarnish a brand’s reputation and take a toll on sales, but more importantly, they carry major health risks for consumers. By enforcing a national standard for track-and-trace measures, new legislation will streamline compliance efforts. Fortunately for manufacturers, there are many technologies designed to make compliance simple and efficient.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.

Ohio Governor Linked To 18 Lapsed Pollution Permits

March 12, 2014 12:37 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.                 

Court Upholds Soot Pollution Requirements

March 12, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has turned aside an industry effort to weaken compliance requirements for environmental standards that reduce soot pollution from power plants.

Fight Over The Coal Ash Costs Continues

March 11, 2014 5:04 pm | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he's going to stay out of the debate whether his former employer Duke Energy Corp. should be allowed to pass to consumers the costs of closing North Carolina's coal ash ponds.                   

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 Drilling Waste Bill On Hold

March 11, 2014 10:34 am | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 after both sides could not agree before midnight Saturday, the deadline for the regular session.

MI Steel Plant Allowed More Emissions

March 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher volumes of emissions into the air under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality.                         

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said M

VA Plans Long-Term Review Of Coal Ash Spill

March 11, 2014 10:12 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.

Fracking Enters The CA Governor's Race

March 10, 2014 11:12 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

Long-time Governor Jerry Brown has placed climate change and environmental issues at the core of his re-election platform, but he's been dogged by those critical of his decision to allow fracking of oil and natural gas in California. He's being pushed to order a moratorium to block it.

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