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California Approves Toxic Waste Site Expansion

May 22, 2014 10:27 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a small California farming community who have worried for years about the health effects of a hazardous waste landfill learned Wednesday that the state has cleared the way for it to expand.                              

North Dakota Restricts Gas Flaring

May 22, 2014 10:23 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jack Dalrymple told a huge oil industry conference Wednesday that North Dakota would no longer allow flaring of natural gas from oil wells in the Bakken region for longer than one year.                       

Report Shows Scant Federal Oversight Of Chemical Facilities

May 21, 2014 10:31 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with states and a raft of industry exemptions point to scant federal oversight, according to a new report.


Opponents Knock New York-New Jersey Pipeline Plans

May 21, 2014 10:17 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups and a northern New Jersey homeowners' coalition raised objections to a planned billion-dollar pipeline that would carry North Dakota crude oil from a train terminal at the Port of Albany to coastal refineries and return gasoline, diesel, heating oil and other petroleum products to upstate New York.

Choosing the Right Preventive-Control Training

May 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Zona, Vice President and Dean, Hooke College of Applied Science and Cheryl Murley, Quality Manager, McCrone Associates | Articles | Comments

A persistent problem in the food industry is the contamination with foreign material from ingredients, processing equipment and the environment. To establish the correct preventive measures and develop a successful program that withstands FDA scrutiny, food quality employees need specialized materials analysis training that enables them to characterize and identify raw material, processing contaminants and their sources.

Kitty Litter The Cause Of Radiation Leak

May 20, 2014 10:59 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to public health and the environment.

New Standards Announced For Power Plant Cooling Systems

May 20, 2014 10:51 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards Monday aimed at reducing the billions of fish, crabs and shrimp killed by cooling water systems at power plants and factories each year.                  

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Appeals Court Refuses To Reconsider BP Settlement

May 20, 2014 10:21 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.                  


EPA Proposes Changes To Refinery Emission Rules

May 19, 2014 10:55 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The changes would compel operators to monitor benzene emissions along their fence lines, upgrade storage tank emission controls, ensure waste gases are properly destroyed and adopt new emission standards for delayed coking units. Operators would also have to make the results of monitoring publicly available. 

Feds Review Plans For 5,000 New Wyoming Wells

May 19, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal land managers have begun evaluating a proposal to expand an east-central Wyoming oil and gas field with up to 5,000 new wells, asking for public comment on the project.                          

Medical Waste Burning Facility On The Move

May 19, 2014 10:45 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

A medical waste burning facility pressed to leave a Utah suburb by residents and legislators worried about toxic emissions has picked out a new home on the western shore of Great Salt Lake, a move which has raised health concerns for its future neighbors.       

Evaluating Flood Risks At Nuclear Facilities

May 19, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the second time this month, Nebraska's two biggest utilities will meet with regulators to discuss flooding hazards at their two nuclear power plants.                          

Wastewater Board Closes Old Facilities

May 16, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority board has authorized advertising for bids for an estimated $2.9 million project to close old, offline sewage plants in the western part of the county.                     


Chemical Error Kills Entire University Lawn

May 16, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

University of Findlay spokeswoman Brianna Patterson says the chemical was applied to campus lawns during the last week of April and it will take several weeks to reseed and re-sod the affected areas.                       

The Next Generation Of Wind Power Floats

May 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Videos | Comments

As much as I’m fascinated by the mechanics of the wind turbines, I recognize that some people find them hideous or loud, and, in fact, do not want to live near a giant fan. However, wind needs to be considered as an alternative source of energy. If there are complaints about the design or noise of traditional wind turbines, why not redesign them?

Record $14M Fine For Titanium Waste Dumping

May 15, 2014 10:25 am | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Henderson, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.             

Canada Declares Pipeline Companies Liable For Any Spill Costs

May 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government says pipeline companies will be liable for all costs and damages from a spill, regardless of fault or negligence under a new law.                          

10,000 Gallons Of Oil Coat Los Angeles

May 15, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.                            

Saving Thousands By Removing Scale

May 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, Scalewatcher | Articles | Comments

Liaoyang Petroleum’s Olefin Factory in the Hongwei District of mainland China, producing MEG and polypropylene, is saving $65,000 a year in maintenance following the installation of a computerized, electronic water conditioner.   

Obama's Climate Rules Won't Wait

May 14, 2014 4:23 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unlike the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose review the administration has delayed, probably until after the elections, the clock is ticking for the power plant rules — the cornerstone of Obama's campaign to curb climate change. Unless he starts now, the rules won't be in place before he leaves office in 2017, making it easier for his successor to stop them.

Big Island Geothermal Plant Cited

May 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A geothermal plant on the Big Island of Hawaii has been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for 14 violations, accused of failing to properly maintain and monitor its operations.                                

Protecting Detroit's Water With Better Controls

May 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Detroit’s Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of the largest in the United States, serving more than a third of Michigan’s population. To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins 25 years ago. By capturing and substantially treating the storm water, the basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.

North Dakota Fracking Well Still Leaking

May 13, 2014 11:17 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil well near the town of Tioga, North Dakota continued to leak oil, gas and fracking fluid on Monday, days after authorities learned about the problem, a local official said.                               

Idaho Milk Plant Hit With Fines

May 13, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A south-central Idaho milk processing company has agreed to pay a $170,000 fine for dumping wastewater with acidity levels high enough to damage Jerome's wastewater treatment plant.                    

Chevron To Pay $875K For Utah Oil Spills

May 13, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have announced an $875,000 settlement with Chevron related to a pair of Utah oil spills in recent years.                                   

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