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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Utah Looks to Industry for Pollution Cuts

August 8, 2013 10:40 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators struggling to comply with federal clean-air standards said Wednesday they were likely to require major polluters to upgrade emissions controls, but that the effort may not be enough to deal with Utah's most serious episodes of air pollution.

BP Ordered to Pay Settlement Administrator $130M

August 8, 2013 10:38 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbie on Wednesday ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

Power Outage Causes Wastewater Discharge

August 8, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

A power outage at a St. Louis wastewater treatment plant is blamed for causing about 3.5 million gallons of untreated wastewater to flow into the Mississippi River. The outage occurred Wednesday at the Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Waste Can Become Business

August 7, 2013 5:27 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

In the not-too-distant future, the center of gravity of world food demand will move from the U.S and Europe to the increasingly richer consumers in China and India in particular, and smart, lightweight packaging will have a key role in tapping those markets from abroad.

Japan Gov't to Help Stop Radioactive Water Leaks

August 7, 2013 10:23 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government said Wednesday that it would step in and take "firm measures" to tackle contaminated water leaks at the country's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, including possibly funding a multibillion-dollar project to fix the problem.

Judge Intervenes as BP Balks at Paying Claims Czar

August 7, 2013 10:09 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal magistrate has set a Wednesday hearing for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

BP Balks at Paying Claims Administrator

August 7, 2013 10:02 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is balking at paying more than $130 million in administrative fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the 2010 oil spill, claiming the settlement program has been plagued by poor productivity and excessive costs.

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