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MI Steel Plant Allowed More Emissions

March 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher volumes of emissions into the air under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality.                         

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said M

VA Plans Long-Term Review Of Coal Ash Spill

March 11, 2014 10:12 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.

Fracking Enters The CA Governor's Race

March 10, 2014 11:12 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

Long-time Governor Jerry Brown has placed climate change and environmental issues at the core of his re-election platform, but he's been dogged by those critical of his decision to allow fracking of oil and natural gas in California. He's being pushed to order a moratorium to block it.

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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.

Duke CEO: Customers Will Pay For Coal Ash Cleanup

March 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO says while the company and its shareholders will pay to clean up a coal ash spill in the Dan River, its customers will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.

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

Q&A: Impact Of California's Green Chemistry Law

March 10, 2014 8:32 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

In the wake of California's Green Chemistry Law, and the associated regulations that will become public later this year, Chem.Info spoke with Michael Kirschner about what the forthcoming regulations will mean for manufacturers and what they can be doing to prepare now. 

Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.

Judge Rules On Ash Dump Cleanup

March 7, 2014 10:59 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps, a judge said Thursday.                                    

Illegal Oil Dumping In ND

March 7, 2014 10:57 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

People have been caught nearly 150 times in the past year attempting to illegally dump loads of oil field waste — much of it radioactive — at two of the biggest landfills in western North Dakota.                   

Residents Frustrated After Nuclear-Leak Town Hall Meeting

March 7, 2014 10:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy described the radiation leak as minuscule, posing no public health threat, but residents and officials voiced frustration at a town hall, saying the DOE and managers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are leaving them in the dark about what's happening at the repository.

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House Blocks Obama's Carbon Curbs

March 7, 2014 10:27 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aiming at the heart of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, the Republican-controlled House voted to block the administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

Managing Tailing Pond Wildlife

March 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers | Videos | Comments

Calvin Duane, of Canadian Natural, talks about the technology used to keep birds away from tailings ponds, ensuring the safety of the animals and that the ponds have minimal impact on their environment.             

Record Fines Imposed For Coal Mining Operations

March 6, 2014 11:13 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alpha Natural Resources Inc., the nation's third-largest coal supplier, will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges from 79 mines and 25 coal processing facilities in West Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky.    

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it took a step that could ultimately lead it to prohibit or restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay regio

Alaska Pushes Back Against EPA

March 6, 2014 10:54 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it took a step that could ultimately lead it to prohibit or restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region.

A bill targeting the power plant rule is slated for a vote on the House floor Thursday as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal."

House Fights Obama's Carbon Limits

March 6, 2014 10:34 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill targeting the power plant rule is slated for a vote on the House floor Thursday as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal."                          

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Environmentalists Speak Out Against Pipeline Upgrade

March 6, 2014 7:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists vowed Wednesday to fight Enbridge Inc.'s plan to replace and sharply boost the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that runs from Canada to Wisconsin, saying the project will exacerbate climate change. 

NC Officials Call For Duke Pipe Probe

March 6, 2014 7:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are pressing Duke Energy to send robot cameras up drainage pipes at all of its coal ash dumps in the state following a big spill last month that left 70 miles of the Dan River coated in toxic sludge.                        

'Black Horizon' Revisits Oil Spill Nightmares

March 5, 2014 10:29 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

"Black Horizon," the eleventh book in James Grippando's Jack Swyteck series, revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

A New York judge says Amazon rainforest residents who obtained a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador cannot try to enforce it through U.S. courts, because it was obtained through fraud.

NY Judge Rules For Chevron

March 4, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York judge says Amazon rainforest residents who obtained a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador cannot try to enforce it through U.S. courts, because it was obtained through fraud.                                 

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.

5 More Duke Energy Plants Cited

March 4, 2014 10:37 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators have cited five more Duke Energy power plants for lacking required storm water permits after a massive spill at one of the company's coal ash dumps coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

NM Sets Nuclear Waste Deadline

March 4, 2014 10:31 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at the repository.

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.

Leak Concerns Arise At Hanford Nuclear Waste Facility

March 3, 2014 11:14 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.                       

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Keystone Protesters Arrested At The White House

March 3, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Stretched across the bottom of the Straights of Mackinac are two 20-inch pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily. The pipes were laid in 1953 and they've never leaked, but a growing chorus is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up p

Buried Great Lakes Pipelines Raise Spill Fears

March 3, 2014 10:37 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Stretched across the bottom of the Straights of Mackinac are pipes that carry nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily. Although they've never leaked, a growing chorus is demanding closer scrutiny as stepped-up production elsewhere boosts the amount of oil coursing through pipelines.

Greener Chemistry Soon To Be A Reality In California

March 3, 2014 6:02 am | by Michael Kirschner, Principal Consultant, ENVIRON | Articles | Comments

The State of California, through its Department of Toxic Substances Control, is proceeding with a major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products. The state’s actions could significantly impact the way many consumer products are made and sold in California and throughout the United States.

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.

States Rush To Recycle Their Coal Ash

February 28, 2014 10:53 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of recent spills, coal ash dumped decades ago across the country is being dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products.                            

Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely and have raised questions about a cornersto

Radiation Leak Raises Questions About Nuclear Cleanup Nationwide

February 28, 2014 10:49 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely and have raised questions about a cornerstone of the Department of Energy's $5-billion-a-year program for cleaning up legacy waste scattered across the country.

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