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Appeals Court Won't Ease Way for Kan. Coal Plant

May 29, 2013 10:32 am | by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to overturn a federal judge's ruling that had put a $2.8 billion project on hold. Sunflower wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.

Odor Complaints Persist at Wis. Processing Plant

May 29, 2013 10:27 am | News | Comments

New complaints about the odor coming from a Green Bay area plant that processes animal fats and food waste has some Brown County supervisors pushing harder to punish the owners if the matter isn't addressed soon. A supervisor says the county has provided plenty of time for Sanimax to fix the odor problems.

Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $81.6M for Waste Disposal

May 29, 2013 10:08 am | by GREG RISLING & PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in San Francisco Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act by improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.

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Navajo Plans to Block Uranium Transport

May 28, 2013 10:27 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A uranium mining company seeking a mineral lease on state land in Arizona could have a hard time transporting the ore off-site because of the Navajo Nation's objections to an industry that left a legacy of death and disease among tribal members.

Marching Against Monsanto

May 28, 2013 10:24 am | News | Comments

Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Critics say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.

Pa. Water Plants Fined by EPA for Drilling Waste

May 24, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is fining three western Pennsylvania wastewater plants for discharging natural gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River or tributaries that feed it. The fines are contained in a consent agreement with the companies that ran the plants.

Families Sue Whirlpool Over Ohio Cancer Cluster

May 21, 2013 8:10 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The wait for answers is far from over for parents who for years have lived with the worry of not knowing what's behind the mysterious cancers that have sickened dozens of children in a rural area of northern Ohio. Despite a federal civil lawsuit that points toward a possible cause, the issue is far from settled.

Alaska Unveils Plan to Assess Gas, Oil in ANWR

May 21, 2013 8:05 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska has unveiled a plan to determine the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's oil and gas potential, as the state looks to reinvigorate the debate over whether to drill on the refuge's coastal plain.

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Swedish Wastewater Company Reduces Energy Consumption

May 20, 2013 10:03 am | Articles | Comments

WATER/WASTEWATER: Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, has reduced the energy consumption of a wastewater pumping station in Sweden by 50 percent using its award-winning Flygt Experior solution.

Coast Guard to Take Testimony on Shell Grounding

May 20, 2013 8:42 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Circumstances surrounding the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island will be explored in a public hearing in Anchorage. The Coast Guard says a marine casualty investigation into the grounding of the Kulluk  will begin at noon Monday at the Loussac Library and could last two weeks.

Texas Sues BP for Damages Related to Oil Spill

May 20, 2013 8:34 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit, filed by the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in federal court in Beaumont, is seeking lost tax revenue, lost revenue from state parks, damages to natural resources and civil penalties from BP for each day that oil was spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and for every barrel of oil that was illegally discharged.

Regs Report: Complying with Lighting Standards

May 17, 2013 9:24 am | by Kimberley Schmitt, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Regs Report feature presents new and emerging regulations and enables readers to better achieve compliance. In this installment, we explore new lighting regulations released as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Wind Farms Get Pass on Eagle Deaths

May 14, 2013 10:26 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country's wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin. The large death toll at wind farms shows how the renewable energy rush comes with its own environmental consequences, trade-offs the Obama administration is willing to make in the name of cleaner energy.

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Exxon Challenges $1.7M Yellowstone Spill Penalty

May 14, 2013 10:09 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil Corp. is challenging $1.7 million in penalties proposed by federal safety regulators who faulted the oil company over a 63,000-gallon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River, according to documents released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Wyoming Energy Policy Preserves Landscapes

May 14, 2013 9:52 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Matt Mead on Monday unveiled a state energy policy two years in the making that calls for maintaining Wyoming's position as the top energy-exporting state while preserving its wild, scenic and pristine landscapes. Mead's report outlines four priorities: Economic competitiveness, efficient regulation, natural resource conservation and developing new technologies.

Power Plant Operator Objects Navajo Nation's Changes to Lease

May 10, 2013 10:26 am | News | Comments

The owners of a northern Arizona coal plant that sends water to the state's biggest cities has objected to changes made by the Navajo Nation in approving a lease extension. The plant's operator, Salt River Project, told tribal officials this week that amendments dealing with water rights, hiring preferences and having the federal government sign on as a lessee are unacceptable.

Oil, Gas Lease Auctions in Calif. Postponed

May 8, 2013 8:26 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently announced it was postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California. The decision came after a federal judge ruled last month that BLM had violated a key environmental law when the agency auctioned the drilling rights for other parcels near the lush Salinas River Valley before performing a sweeping review of the impacts on water, wildlife and air quality.

Anti-Fracking Amendment Rejected in NE Ohio

May 8, 2013 8:17 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in a northeast Ohio city where disposal of wastewater from the drilling method led to earthquakes and alleged groundwater contamination. The Community Bill of Rights on Youngstown's ballot would have prohibited the controversial high-pressure oil and gas drilling technique, also called fracking, inside city limits.

Finger Lakes Gas-Storage Plans Draw Outcry

May 6, 2013 10:01 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plans call for six new rail spurs to handle 24 propane tanker cars every 12 hours. A round-the-clock cycle of trains and tanker trucks seven days a week would bring propane in and out of the facility. Four 700-horsepower compressors would be built, and two open brine ponds would be placed on a hillside above Seneca Lake.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Chevron

May 2, 2013 11:08 am | News | Comments

An attempt by Ecuadorian villagers to have a Canadian court enforce a $19 billion judgment against multinational oil giant Chevron Corp was dismissed Wednesday by Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown who ruled Canadian courts have no jurisdiction in the case.

Appeals Court Rules on Ethanol Refinery Pollutants

May 1, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

State environmental regulators improperly changed state rules to allow Indiana ethanol refineries to release an extra 150 tons of air pollutants per year, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that allowed the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to reclassify ethanol refineries.

GE Sues Utility As Dredging Restarts on Hudson

April 30, 2013 10:26 am | News | Comments

General Electric Co. said it sued a utility for a share of costs associated with the $1 billion-plus Superfund cleanup of the upper Hudson River on Monday, the day the fourth season of dredging began to remove contaminated sediment from the river.

Gas Drilling Didn't Foul Northeast Pa. Wells

April 30, 2013 10:23 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gas drilling isn't to blame for a high-profile case of methane contamination in northeastern Pennsylvania, state environmental regulators declared Monday, but a homeowner with fouled water vowed to press on and said she doesn't trust the agency.

PSC Opposes Proposed Rules On Greenhouse Gases for Power Plants

April 30, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

Montana's Public Service Commission says it opposes proposed federal rules to restrict greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants. The PSC said in a statement Monday that it sent the Environmental Protection Agency a letter urging the agency to withdraw its proposed rules for New Source Performance Standards.

Company Aims to Move Lawsuit Over Chemical Cloud Release

April 29, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

A defendant in a class-action lawsuit over the release of chemicals at a plant in El Dorado wants the lawsuit moved to federal court. The suit relates to the December chemical cloud that forced up to 500 people from their homes and the evacuation of the Union County Sheriff's Office and jail.

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