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Green Can Mean Clean

August 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Eastman ChemCo | Videos | Comments

Eastman Omnia high-performance solvent proves it’s possible to have a product that’s both “green” and highly effective at removing tough soils. This solvent, which meets CARB’s LVP-VOC criteria, is changing the chemistry of clean through its winning combination of exceptional human and environmental safety, strong performance, and value through its versatility.

NRG Closing Illinois Coal Plant

August 7, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has announced plans to close one Illinois coal-fired generating unit in Romeoville and convert a facility in Joliet to natural gas to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The company says the move will eliminate 250 jobs. 

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.

WV Seeks $1.8M From Freedom Industries After Spill

August 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                         

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WTO Upholds Rare Earth Ruling Against China

August 7, 2014 3:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.

No Leaks Found In Pavillion Gas Wells

August 7, 2014 9:28 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A draft state report released Wednesday on a possible explanation why well water in a central Wyoming gas field smells foul and tastes bad points away from leaky gas wells as a source of the problem.                

Environmental Groups Cut Ties With The Center For Sustainable Shale Development

August 6, 2014 3:35 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another environmental group has distanced itself from the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a hotly-debated partnership of major energy companies, green groups and foundations.                     

Coal Ash Victim Settlement Approved

August 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has approved an agreement by the nation's largest public utility to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.              

EPA Emission Hearings Begin In Maine

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's New England chief is attending a public hearing to get feedback on the first-ever federal standards for power plants.                          

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New West Blast Bill Would Delay Regulations

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.  

Eerie Water Crisis Far From Over

August 5, 2014 3:49 pm | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The threat of toxins contaminating water supplies along western Lake Erie is far from over even after Ohio's fourth-largest city declared its water safe again. The chances of another water emergency over the next few months will depend a lot the winds, rains and temperatures that dictate how large the algae grow and where algae blooms end up.

Residents Call For Refinery Emission Restrictions

August 5, 2014 3:44 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents living near oil refineries and environmental activists are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt stricter emissions standards to reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.                    

Tainted Lake Water Still Under Scrutiny

August 5, 2014 9:58 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor is promising an extensive review of how the water supply for 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan became tainted with a toxin over the weekend while a high-ranking state lawmaker is planning hearings on the blooms of algae fouling Lake Erie.                 

China To Ban Coal In Beijing By 2020

August 5, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                           

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Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

Looking to save money and go green in your warehouse? It's not only possible, it's the best way to go in today's world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.

Hearing Held In Texas To Address Refinery Rules

August 4, 2014 4:42 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents will have an opportunity in Galena Park to give their opinion on a series of proposed federal rules that include forcing refineries to report emissions of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.                                     

New Ozone Regulations Could Cost U.S. GDP & Jobs

August 4, 2014 4:36 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

A new study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reveals that a more stringent ozone standard from the Obama Administration could reduce GDP by $270 billion per year and carry a compliance price tag of $2.2 trillion from 2017 to 2040, increasing energy costs and placing millions of jobs at risk.

Mississippi Power Settles Coal Litigation

August 4, 2014 3:46 pm | by JACK ELLIOTT JR., Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power will convert from coal to natural gas or retire several units at plants in south Mississippi and Greene County, Alabama, as part of an agreement to end litigation over construction of a coal-fired power plant in Kemper County.

Toledo's Water Declared Safe

August 4, 2014 3:44 pm | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two days after warning some 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan not to drink their tap water, the mayor of Ohio's fourth-largest city declared on Monday that the water was now safe and took a sip.                         

Colorado Governor Strikes A Fracking Deal

August 4, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado's Democratic governor urged those pushing dueling proposals on oil and gas drilling to stop their campaigns to avoid a messy ballot fight and called for a task force to deal with energy development.                

"All-Of-The-Above" Energy Plans Reveal Contrasts

August 4, 2014 10:40 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana's U.S. House candidates claim to offer "all-of-the-above" solutions to the nation's energy problems— a familiar mantra among politicians keen to give equal attention to fossil fuels and renewables such as wind and solar. Yet stark differences in the details of their proposals reveal a wide divide.

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.

Coal Struggle Endures With WV Miner Layoffs

August 4, 2014 10:32 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Alpha partly laid blame on EPA regulation for layoff plans, it set off a chain reaction of political finger-pointing in West Virginia. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state's fears over EPA rules became reality. Several GOP congressional candidates heightened attacks against Democratic foes for being on the same side as Obama.

Toxins Contaminate Toledo's Water

August 4, 2014 10:29 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toxins, possibly from algae on Lake Erie, fouled the water supply of the state's fourth-largest city Saturday, forcing officials to issue warnings not to drink the water and the governor to declare a state of emergency as worried residents descended on stores, quickly clearing shelves of bottled water.

Controversy Erupts Over Nigerian Oil Cleanup

August 4, 2014 10:26 am | by MARAM MAZEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.                                      

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.

TVA To Pay Coal Ash Victims $27.8M

August 4, 2014 10:24 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge that drew national attention to coal ash and its toxic contaminants.

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

BP Asks Supreme Court To Hear Settlement Appeal

August 4, 2014 10:02 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out part of its settlement of claims for damage from its enormous oil spill in 2010 — a section saying businesses don't have to prove that the spill directly harmed them to be eligible for payment, only that they lost money afterward and recovered in 2011.

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