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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he may take legal action to challenge the Obama administration's latest ruling on power plant emissions.
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.
North Carolina lawmakers want to add firm deadlines to legislation aimed at stopping pollution leaking from Duke Energy's unlined coal ash dumps.
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 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.
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.
The site of one of the largest crude oil pipeline spills in Minnesota is still producing significant discoveries for researchers three decades later.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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's work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has given it a jump on new rules proposed by the Obama administration to tackle global warming.
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.