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The Coal Industry Must Act Now

May 29, 2014 10:26 am | by Center for Regulatory Effectiveness | News | Comments

EPA's proposed rule for new coal plants has been called a "war on coal". The "war on coal" occurs because the standard in the proposed rule can only be achieved by the installation of a costly technology called CCS, carbon capture and sequestration, which virtually no utility can neither afford nor implement and will result in a ban on the construction of new coal plants.

Governor Wants Wyoming Coal Sent To Asia

May 29, 2014 10:23 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead heads to Washington state next week to push for access to ocean ports to allow export of Wyoming coal to Asia even as many politicians and residents in the Northwest voice increasing concern about the effects of burning coal on global warming.

Texas: Contaminated Water Not Linked To Drilling

May 29, 2014 10:13 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The amount of explosive gas tainting a North Texas neighborhood's water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's oil and gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby, according to a report it released yesterday.


Bringing A Michigan Power Plant Back To Life

May 28, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans are moving forward by a business that specializes in industrial brownfield work to redevelop the site of the decommissioned Marysville Power Plant in Michigan.                        

Legal Timeline To Clean Up A Dirty Power Plant

May 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Homer City Generating Station in Pennsylvania has faced years of legal battles on its way to cleaning up its pollution.                                

A Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells.

Sriracha Controversy Cools Down

May 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The heat may finally be subsiding in the confrontation between the chili-sauce maker and the Los Angeles suburb that called the plant a public nuisance.                                         

Reduce Fouling With Electronic Water Treatment

May 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The results of limescale build-up are a higher pressure drop across a water treatment system. This translates into higher operating costs and eventually the need to clean or replace the reverse osmosis membranes. Electronic Water Treatment (EWT) can be the ideal solution for preventing limescale build-up in RO membranes.

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

Americans Agree, EPA Regulations Go Too Far

May 27, 2014 5:37 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to a new poll conducted on behalf of the National Mining Association, more than 75% of Americans are concerned that new EPA regulations - specifically geared toward coal power plants - will lead to higher electricity prices on the consumer end.


Illinois House Panel Approves Fracking Rules

May 27, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A House committee has approved a plan to speed up hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Illinois. The Executive Committee voted 7-4 Monday to advance the plan by Rep. John Bradley despite protests from environmentalists.                 

Activists Protest Two Arctic Drilling Rigs

May 27, 2014 10:58 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Greenpeace says activists have boarded two offshore drilling rigs in a protest against oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters.                                            

Concerns Abound Over Increased West Coast Oil Trains

May 27, 2014 10:53 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest's largest crude oil train terminal — the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.      

U.S. Plants Prepare Long Term Nuclear Storage Solutions

May 27, 2014 10:45 am | by MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump.                            

Creating Lightning In Liquid: Purifying Water With Water

May 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Clarkson University | Videos | Comments

A chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at Clarkson University is pioneering a new purification process that, if successful, could help millions of people without access to clean water quickly and efficiently purify water to make it safe for drinking and cooking.

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.

EPA & Duke Reach A Deal Over Coal Ash Cleanup

May 22, 2014 5:04 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials said that they have reached a deal with Duke Energy to clean up its mess from a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.                         

North Carolina Approves Granting Fracking Permits For 2015

May 22, 2014 10:44 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Senate tentatively agreed Wednesday to push to the finish line prep work for natural gas exploration in North Carolina using hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — so that the first permits for drilling could be issued starting next summer.

California Approves Toxic Waste Site Expansion

May 22, 2014 10:27 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a small California farming community who have worried for years about the health effects of a hazardous waste landfill learned Wednesday that the state has cleared the way for it to expand.                              

North Dakota Restricts Gas Flaring

May 22, 2014 10:23 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jack Dalrymple told a huge oil industry conference Wednesday that North Dakota would no longer allow flaring of natural gas from oil wells in the Bakken region for longer than one year.                       

Report Shows Scant Federal Oversight Of Chemical Facilities

May 21, 2014 10:31 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, according to a new report.

Opponents Knock New York-New Jersey Pipeline Plans

May 21, 2014 10:17 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups and a northern New Jersey homeowners' coalition raised objections to a planned billion-dollar pipeline that would carry North Dakota crude oil from a train terminal at the Port of Albany to coastal refineries and return gasoline, diesel, heating oil and other petroleum products to upstate New York.

Choosing the Right Preventive-Control Training

May 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Zona, Vice President and Dean, Hooke College of Applied Science and Cheryl Murley, Quality Manager, McCrone Associates | Articles | Comments

A persistent problem in the food industry is the contamination with foreign material from ingredients, processing equipment and the environment. To establish the correct preventive measures and develop a successful program that withstands FDA scrutiny, food quality employees need specialized materials analysis training that enables them to characterize and identify raw material, processing contaminants and their sources.

Kitty Litter The Cause Of Radiation Leak

May 20, 2014 10:59 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to public health and the environment.

New Standards Announced For Power Plant Cooling Systems

May 20, 2014 10:51 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards Monday aimed at reducing the billions of fish, crabs and shrimp killed by cooling water systems at power plants and factories each year.                  

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.

Appeals Court Refuses To Reconsider BP Settlement

May 20, 2014 10:21 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.                  

EPA Proposes Changes To Refinery Emission Rules

May 19, 2014 10:55 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The changes would compel operators to monitor benzene emissions along their fence lines, upgrade storage tank emission controls, ensure waste gases are properly destroyed and adopt new emission standards for delayed coking units. Operators would also have to make the results of monitoring publicly available. 

Feds Review Plans For 5,000 New Wyoming Wells

May 19, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal land managers have begun evaluating a proposal to expand an east-central Wyoming oil and gas field with up to 5,000 new wells, asking for public comment on the project.                          

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