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Western Governors Weigh In On EPA Rules

June 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten western governors met Tuesday with Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to talk about cleaner power plant rules proposed by the Obama administration — including cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from coal. A sampling of what some governors have to say about it: 

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.

States Sign Deal With Duke For Coal Ash Cleanup

June 10, 2014 10:43 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental and wildlife officials in North Carolina and Virginia signed an agreement with Duke Energy for the cleanup of toxic coal ash from the Dan River, which flows through the two states.                        

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth

Lawsuit Against Exxon Mobil Proceeds

June 10, 2014 10:41 am | by CHUCK BARTELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A lawsuit filed by federal and state officials will go forward against Exxon Mobil Corp. over a crude oil spill that forced the evacuation of 22 homes in Mayflower, a U.S. district judge ruled.                    

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Louisiana Senator Speaks Out Against EPA Regulations

June 10, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu traveled to a Louisiana coal-fired power plant to highlight her opposition to President Barack Obama's regulatory plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution.                                        

EPA's New Plan - Feasible & Economically Beneficial?

June 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Michael Obeiter and Kevin Kennedy, World Resources Institute | Blogs | Comments

The new rule intends to serve as a major step toward the United States achieving its 2020 emissions-reduction target and given current cost trends, even deeper reductions are possible by 2030. More importantly, there are opportunities for the final version of the rule to tap the full potential of efficiency and renewable energy throughout the country.

Trees: Nature's Best Air Scrubbing System

June 9, 2014 11:10 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest chemical companies and one of its oldest conservation groups have forged an unlikely partnership that seeks to recreate some of lost Texas Gulf Coast forest to curb pollution.                       

Coal Maintains Its Political Muscle

June 9, 2014 10:49 am | by ADAM BEAM, JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government's most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet. But king coal still flexes its political muscle in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Republicans and even Democrats try to out-coal one another by cozying up to the industry and slamming President Barack Obama.

Is Aerogel Technology The Key To Oil Spill Cleanup?

June 6, 2014 12:05 pm | by Wisconsin Institute For Discovery | Videos | Comments

Cleaning up oil spills and metal contaminates in a low-impact, sustainable and inexpensive manner remains a challenge for companies and governments globally. But a group of researchers at UW–Madison are examining alternative materials that can be modified to absorb oil and chemicals. If further developed, the technology may offer a cheaper and “greener” method to absorb oil and heavy metals from water and other surfaces.

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Alabama To Take Legal Action Against The EPA Ruling

June 6, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he may take legal action to challenge the Obama administration's latest ruling on power plant emissions.                         

Idaho Residents Concerned About Plant Odors

June 6, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Burley City Council in south-central Idaho has approved sending a letter to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality detailing its concerns about foul emissions from a vegetable-dehydration plant.                  

A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates that up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.

North Carolina Firms Up Coal Ash Cleanup Deadlines

June 6, 2014 9:56 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina lawmakers want to add firm deadlines to legislation aimed at stopping pollution leaking from Duke Energy's unlined coal ash dumps.                                    

Cleaning The Air With Roof Tiles

June 5, 2014 10:26 am | by University of California Riverside | News | Comments

A team of University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering students created a roof tile coating that when applied to an average-sized residential roof breaks down the same amount of smog-causing nitrogen oxides per year as a car driven 11,000 miles.          

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

Freedom Industries Denied Fees

June 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge won't let the West Virginia company at the center of a January chemical spill reimburse its legal team for sending multiple lawyers to hearings or for travel costs.                      

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Fracking Chemicals Under Review In Virginia

June 5, 2014 10:16 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The advisory panel grappled with the question of how much energy companies should be required to disclose about the chemicals they inject at high pressure into shale and rock formations to dislodge gas and oil. Chemical disclosure varies widely from state to state.

Minnesota Oil Spill Still Aids In Research

June 5, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The site of one of the largest crude oil pipeline spills in Minnesota is still producing significant discoveries for researchers three decades later.                                     

BP Must Pay Clean Water Act Fines

June 5, 2014 10:07 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.                        

Carbon Rule Triggers Fracking Debate

June 4, 2014 10:25 am | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The newly released federal plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants triggered a new line of debate Tuesday over whether fracking in coal-rich southern Illinois may be part of the answer.                         

New York Considers Local Gas Drilling Bans

June 4, 2014 10:23 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's highest court is expected to decide by the Fourth of July whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing within their borders.                            

Kentucky Plant Emblematic Of Move Away From Coal

June 4, 2014 10:16 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the shadow of Paradise Fossil Plant's aging smokestacks, where white steam and carbon dioxide rises into the sky, outdated coal-fired generators are being replaced with one that runs on natural gas.                           

Carbon Standards Delayed For Reservation Plants

June 4, 2014 10:09 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the Southwest's largest coal-fired power plants straddle the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico, one within clear view of the other. But one of them didn't factor into the Obama administration's plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the nation because it is on an American Indian reservation.

Missouri Senate Attempts To Block EPA Limits

June 4, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is channeling his frustration into legislation dealing with the EPA's proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.                                              

Scientists Find Breakthrough In Carbon-Capture

June 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A porous material invented by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour sequesters carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, at ambient temperature with pressure provided by the wellhead and lets it go once the pressure is released. The material shows promise to replace more costly and energy-intensive processes.

Carbon Rule May Force Costly Changes In Nebraska

June 3, 2014 11:46 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nebraska utilities might be forced to make expensive changes to comply with new proposed restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions because they rely heavily on coal power.                               

Rhode Island Posed To Hit EPA Target

June 3, 2014 11:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rhode Island's work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has given it a jump on new rules proposed by the Obama administration to tackle global warming.                              

Maryland Governor Applauds EPA Plan

June 3, 2014 11:21 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government's new plan for reducing pollutants blamed for global warming recognizes the value of steps Maryland has already taken, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday in congratulating President Barack Obama for what he called bold leadership on climate change.

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