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Ohio Bill Will Limit New Pollution Rule's Impact

June 2, 2014 11:21 am | by KANTELE FRANKO, JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio lawmakers are expected to quickly take action on legislation intended to limit the impact of federal plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.                            

South Dakota Receives $179M For Uranium Cleanup

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A portion of a multibillion settlement between the federal government and a petroleum company will finance the cleanup of an abandoned uranium mine in northwest South Dakota.                           

Obama's Carbon Rule Gives States More Time To Comply

June 2, 2014 11:17 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but moves the deadline for state compliance until after President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017.


Mercury Contamination Trial Begins This Week

June 2, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial is beginning this week to determine whether a chemical company responsible for dumping mercury from a closed plant in Orrington will be required to clean contamination from along the banks of the Penobscot River and the mouth of Penobscot Bay.

Kansas Awaits EPA Greenhouse Gas Announcement

June 2, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas officials are waiting to see how the federal government plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions only days after the state signed off on a new, $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant.                        

Fertilizer Plant Installs Emergency Bypass For Runoff

May 30, 2014 9:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Fertilizer manufacturer Mississippi Phosphates has put an emergency bypass in place to collect runoff from its sulfuric acid plant that was going into a storm drain, according to a published report Friday.                        

Get The Scoop On Obama's Emission Rules

May 29, 2014 4:54 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules limiting carbon emissions from the thousands of power plants across the nation. The pollution controls form the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's campaign to combat climate change and a key element of his legacy.

North Carolina House Gives Initial Fracking Approval

May 29, 2014 10:33 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a measure that would allow fracking for natural gas to begin in the state next year.                                                  


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.                       

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