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Japan Official Vows Help in Resolving Nuke Crisis

August 26, 2013 10:59 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's industry minister pledged urgent government action Monday to curb leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. He said lax maintenance by the plant's operator was largely to blame for the series of leaks from storage tanks at the plant.

Comments Pan Ocean Gas Terminal Planned for NJ, NY

August 23, 2013 10:12 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the deadline for comments on a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal called Port Ambrose off the New Jersey and New York coasts was ending Thursday night, public comments on the proposal were running 1,000-to-1 against the plan.  

ND Makes List of Sites Threatened by Oil Drilling

August 23, 2013 10:00 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Roadless tracts of grasslands, numerous parks, wildlife areas and North Dakota's highest peak at White Butte are among 40 sites in the western part of the state that have been nominated for increased protection from oil drilling.  


Radioactive Groundwater Under Fukushima Nears Sea

August 23, 2013 9:57 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant's reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea. 

Water Leaks May Become New Japan Nuclear Disaster

August 22, 2013 8:51 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated, radioactive water from storage tanks.

Opponents of Proposed Tucson Copper Mine File Suit

August 22, 2013 8:43 am | News | Comments

Opponents of the proposed copper mine near Tucson have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state decision awarding a groundwater protection permit, which allows the Rosemont Copper Co. to discharge materials using the best available technology to keep pollutants from groundwater.

Japan Nuke Watchdog May Raise Leak to 'Serious'

August 21, 2013 9:36 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident."

Puerto Rico to Build $54M Water Treatment Plant

August 21, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor says construction has started on a $54 million water treatment plant that will serve the U.S. territory's central eastern region. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the plant will filter 7 million gallons of water a day and begin operating in September 2016.


Greenpeace Denied Entry to Russian Arctic Oil Site

August 21, 2013 9:29 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia has blocked a Greenpeace ship from entering Arctic waters where the environmentalist group was planning to protest against oil exploration activities by Rosneft and ExxonMobil, citing questions over the vessel's ice strengthening.

Pollution Lawsuit Against Pa. Plant Is Revived

August 21, 2013 9:25 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday against a western Pennsylvania power plant, ruling that two women who live nearby can sue over alleged fly ash pollution even though the plant meets state and federal air pollution standards.

NY Gov. Won't Join Obama at Fracking Hotbed Sites

August 20, 2013 10:25 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will avoid a potentially dicey political conflict by not accompanying President Barack Obama to parts of upstate New York roiled over the state's ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Obama supports the technology as an economic windfall that helps make the country more energy independent.

Waste Management Company Target of Illegal Dumping Probe

August 20, 2013 10:19 am | News | Comments

Rhode Island environmental officials are investigating whether the Baltimore-based Synagro Technologies waste management company illegally dumped 390,000 pounds of dried sludge at the Central Landfill during a three-day period last month.

Radioactive Water Leaks at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel.


NC Files More Lawsuits Against Duke Energy

August 19, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

The state of North Carolina has filed additional lawsuits against Duke Energy seeking to force the utility to address water pollution coming from coal ash at 12 power plants, expanding the litigation to cover all the company's coal-fired plants in the state.

Vt. GOP Leader Hits Democrats Over Nuclear Plant

August 19, 2013 10:00 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two days after a federal appeals court ruled against the state, the chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, Jack Lindley, attacked Attorney General Bill Sorrell and his fellow Democrats over their efforts to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Discussion of Oil & Gas Suit Dominates Flood Board Meeting

August 15, 2013 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Supporters of a southeast Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies greeted the board with enthusiastic applause as its monthly meeting was gaveled to order. More than a dozen stood and applauded at Thursday's opening of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.

Calif. Coastal Panel Takes up Offshore Fracking

August 15, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

California regulators on Thursday were set to take up offshore fracking after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast since the late 1990s. The California Coastal Commission added the issue at the last minute to its agenda during its monthly meeting.

Wyoming Panel OKs Flaring at Chesapeake Oil Wells

August 15, 2013 8:29 am | News | Comments

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s request to burn off natural gas from five oil wells north of Douglas, while lamenting there isn't a pipeline in the area to take the natural gas to market.

Beavers Released into Wild After Utah Fuel Spill

August 14, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

Five beavers that were rescued from a March diesel fuel spill in Utah were released back into the wild on Tuesday after being treated for respiratory and other problems. Wildlife officials recovered the animals after a Chevron pipeline leaked about 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Solar, Geothermal Projects Touted at Vegas Summit

August 14, 2013 10:26 am | by KEN RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar projects in the desert, geothermal power in the mountains and wind energy off the East Coast were cited as examples of progress from top U.S. officials and industry leaders during a green energy conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Appeals Court: Obama Violating Law on Nuke Site

August 14, 2013 10:19 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a rebuke to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

BP Sues to Get New Contracts After Oil Spill

August 13, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

BP on Monday sued the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Fracking Faces Opposition in UK

August 13, 2013 9:58 am | by AlJazeera | Videos | Comments

Areas in the North of England are being prepped for hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") operations, and residents in these rural farming communities are expressing worry about how the drilling plans will impact their communities and their livlihood.

Calif. Lawmakers Ask for Offshore Fracking Probe

August 9, 2013 10:07 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A group of California state lawmakers has asked the federal government to investigate hydraulic fracturing off the state's coast. Unlike fracking on land, fracking in federal waters is less common and has not received the same attention.

10 Indicted for Ala. Oil Spill Fund Fraud

August 9, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

Alabama officials say 10 people accused of filing fraudulent BP oil spill compensation claims have been indicted. The defendants are accused of creating and submitting fraudulent documents claiming that they lost income because of the oil spill.

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