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Dominion to Pay $3.4M Fine, Cut Pollution

April 2, 2013 10:47 am | News | Comments

Dominion Energy will pay a $3.4 million penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at coal-fired power plants in Illinois, Indiana and Massachusetts. The settlement calls for Virginia-based Dominion to reduce air pollution at its Kincaid, Ill., and Somerset, Mass., plants, and to permanently retire its State Line, Ind., plant.

Cleanup Continues After Arkansas Oil Spill

April 2, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

Crews are continuing cleanup efforts in central Arkansas after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spewed crude oil onto lawns and roadways late last week. Officials say they've recovered about 12,000 barrels of oil and water after the pipeline burst Friday in the small city of Mayflower, about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Sustainability & The Supply Chain: How to Reduce Cost & Save the Environment

April 2, 2013 9:52 am | by Yves Leclerc, Consultant, West Monroe Partners | Articles | Comments

For years now, the “green” and “sustainable” trends have transitioned to a standard. As customers become increasingly aware of the conditions in which the products they buy are made and transported, organizations should pay closer attention to transforming their own supply chains for a greener good.

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Honeywell Agrees to $3M Pollution Fine

April 1, 2013 9:06 am | News | Comments

A major producer of ingredients used in nylon and fertilizer agreed Thursday to pay a $3 million civil penalty for alleged air pollution violations at its Hopewell plant. The agreement between federal authorities and Honeywell Resins and Chemicals LLC was filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond. The consent decree is subject to court approval.

Judge Dismisses All But 1 Mallinckrodt Suit

April 1, 2013 9:03 am | News | Comments

Only one of the eight lawsuits filed against Mallinckrodt chemical company by people who believe they got cancer from living near radioactive contamination in north St. Louis County will move forward. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig on Wednesday dismissed claims of negligence, emotional distress and liability.

Feds Respond to Criticism Over Exxon's Mont. Spill

April 1, 2013 8:58 am | News | Comments

Federal officials say a report that found Exxon Mobil Corp. took "reasonable precautions" to address flooding that triggered an oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River did not reflect the government's final determination in the case.

New Mass. Rules Require More Renewable Power

April 1, 2013 8:55 am | News | Comments

Massachusetts regulators have approved new requirements that state utilities seek more electricity from renewable sources. The new provisions approved Friday by the Department of Public Utilities require utilities to solicit bids for long-term clean energy contracts at least twice by the end of 2016.

Gogebic to Test Drill at Proposed Mine Site

March 29, 2013 9:57 am | News | Comments

Gogebic Taconite is expected to begin test drilling at its proposed iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin by the end of next month. Gogebic president Bill Williams says the company plans to bore 13 holes at the four-mile site in Ashland and Iron counties.

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NY Coke Plant, Manager Convicted in Pollution Case

March 29, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

A Buffalo-area industrial plant and its environmental control manager have been convicted of violating federal clean air laws and other environmental regulations. The U.S. Attorney's Office says a federal jury Thursday found the Tonawanda Coke Corp. guilty of 11 counts of violating the Clean Air Act and three counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery act.

Court: EPA Can Halt Power Plant Modifications

March 29, 2013 9:46 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Government regulators can try to halt construction projects at power plants if they think the companies didn't properly calculate whether the changes would increase air pollution, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, marking the latest twist in a decades-long fight over the Clean Air Act.

Utah Governor: Chevron Leak 'Not Acceptable'

March 29, 2013 9:44 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Gary Herbert left no doubt about his displeasure Thursday when asked about the latest Chevron Corp. spill at a monthly televised news conference. He said the federal agency responsible for interstate pipelines isn't doing its job and that Utah will step up its own efforts to ensure pipeline safety.

Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill Set to Resume Tuesday

March 28, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 will continue presenting its defense next week at a trial over the deadly catastrophe. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard testimony Wednesday by a Halliburton employee who was a cementing engineer for the company and visited the Deepwater Horizon rig before BP's well blowout.

Testimony Ends in Marathon Exxon Trial

March 28, 2013 9:44 am | by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Testimony ended Wednesday in the longest state trial in New Hampshire's history, and jurors will begin deliberating next week over whether Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay the state hundreds of millions of dollars to monitor and treat private wells and public drinking supplies contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.

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State Bill Banning Fracking Waste Moves Forward

March 28, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

A bill attempting to address concerns about waste from hydraulic fracturing from being stored or disposed of in Connecticut is moving its way through the General Assembly.The legislature's Environment Committee voted 20-8 on Wednesday to forward legislation banning the possession or storage of fracking waste to the House of Representatives.

Goodrich Settles with EPA over Water Supply Contamination

March 27, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it has reached a settlement worth at least $21.5 million with aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp. that will require the company to clean up a Southern California industrial site where chemicals contaminated the water supply.

Japan to Launch First Fukushima Investigation

March 27, 2013 10:02 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese government regulators said Wednesday that for the first time they will conduct their own investigation into the country's nuclear crisis to address key unanswered questions.The Nuclear Regulation Authority said its investigation into the disaster at the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear plant will be conducted by a panel of outside experts.

BP's Cement Contractor Denies Destroying Evidence

March 27, 2013 9:58 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 said Tuesday that its recent discovery of missing cement samples was the result of a "simple misunderstanding," not an attempt to withhold crucial evidence.

Drilling Deeper: The Wealth of Business Connections for Obama's Energy Pick

March 26, 2013 2:04 pm | by Justin Elliott, ProPublica | News | Comments

Ernest Moniz, President Obama's nominee for energy secretary, is a strong supporter of Obama's "all of the above" energy strategy — one that embraces, fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy sources. His ties to the energy industry are numerous.

Peru Declares Amazon Oil Contamination Emergency

March 26, 2013 10:48 am | by CARLA SALAZAR & FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peru's government declared an environmental state of emergency on Monday in a remote Amazon jungle region it says has been affected by years of contamination at the country's most productive oil fields, which are currently operated by Argentina-based Pluspetrol.

Meeting of Md. Panel Studying Drilling Practices Postponed

March 25, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

State officials have postponed a meeting of a panel studying natural gas drilling plans in western Maryland. The panel was to have met Monday in Cumberland to discuss drilling practices employed elsewhere. The meeting was postponed because of predictions of bad weather.

Despite Bill, Uncertainty About Wis. Mining Remains

March 25, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

Although Gov. Scott Walker has signed a mining bill aimed at encouraging construction of an iron mine in northern Wisconsin, there's still uncertainty about the future of mining in the state. And looking to neighboring states for perspective doesn't clear things up very much.

Sierra Club Blasts New Plan to Improve Fracking

March 22, 2013 3:36 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sierra Club and some other environmental groups are harshly criticizing a new partnership that aims to create tough new standards for fracking. The criticism Thursday came a day after two of the nation's biggest oil and gas companies made peace with some national and regional environmental groups, agreeing to go through an independent review of their shale oil and gas drilling operations in the Northeast.

Syringe Pumps with Touchscreens

March 20, 2013 1:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cole-Parmer introduces three new syringe pumps with touchscreen technology, allowing users to quickly recall previous configurations or create new ones.

Did Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?, Part 2

March 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by JIM LANE, Editor, Biofuels Digest | Blogs | Comments

Productivity and power are linked — the lesson of history not lost on the Soviets. For when their productivity fell — so too did their fall from power hasten and hurry. To avoid this fate, the Communists bet their collective and collectivist society on single-celled yeasts and algae.

Did Algae Freedom Fighters Win the Cold War?, Part 1

March 20, 2013 12:38 pm | Blogs | Comments

Those darn little one-celled freedom fighters. Making themselves unpalatable to cattle — is it really possible that they brought down the old regime and ended the Cold War?  

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