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 Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, according to a new report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A medical waste burning facility pressed to leave a Utah suburb by residents and legislators worried about toxic emissions has picked out a new home on the western shore of Great Salt Lake, a move which has raised health concerns for its future neighbors.
For the second time this month, Nebraska's two biggest utilities will meet with regulators to discuss flooding hazards at their two nuclear power plants.
The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority board has authorized advertising for bids for an estimated $2.9 million project to close old, offline sewage plants in the western part of the county.
University of Findlay spokeswoman Brianna Patterson says the chemical was applied to campus lawns during the last week of April and it will take several weeks to reseed and re-sod the affected areas.
As much as I’m fascinated by the mechanics of the wind turbines, I recognize that some people find them hideous or loud, and, in fact, do not want to live near a giant fan. However, wind needs to be considered as an alternative source of energy. If there are complaints about the design or noise of traditional wind turbines, why not redesign them?
A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Henderson, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.
The Canadian government says pipeline companies will be liable for all costs and damages from a spill, regardless of fault or negligence under a new law.
Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.
Liaoyang Petroleum’s Olefin Factory in the Hongwei District of mainland China, producing MEG and polypropylene, is saving $65,000 a year in maintenance following the installation of a computerized, electronic water conditioner.
Unlike the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose review the administration has delayed, probably until after the elections, the clock is ticking for the power plant rules — the cornerstone of Obama's campaign to curb climate change. Unless he starts now, the rules won't be in place before he leaves office in 2017, making it easier for his successor to stop them.
A geothermal plant on the Big Island of Hawaii has been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for 14 violations, accused of failing to properly maintain and monitor its operations.
Detroit’s Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of the largest in the United States, serving more than a third of Michigan’s population. To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins 25 years ago. By capturing and substantially treating the storm water, the basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.
An oil well near the town of Tioga, North Dakota continued to leak oil, gas and fracking fluid on Monday, days after authorities learned about the problem, a local official said.
A south-central Idaho milk processing company has agreed to pay a $170,000 fine for dumping wastewater with acidity levels high enough to damage Jerome's wastewater treatment plant.
Federal regulators have announced an $875,000 settlement with Chevron related to a pair of Utah oil spills in recent years.
The Union Pacific Railroad says 6,500 gallons of oil spilled when a train derailed in northern Colorado on Friday.
Restaurants and storefronts are buzzing again in West Virginia's capital city, but many still haven't filled a financial hole after chemicals sullied their running water and forced them to close for several days in January.