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Congresswoman Seeks to Block Fracking Funding in Inglewood Oil Field

July 24, 2013 9:26 am | by Rep. Karen Bass | Videos | Comments

Rep. Karen Bass introduced an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014 that calls for no federal funds to be used to implement, administer or enforce fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field for the coming fiscal year.

Lawsuit Alleges Ground Pollution in Myrtle Beach

July 23, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

A jury has been seated to hear one of three lawsuits alleging groundwater pollution by an electronics manufacturer in Myrtle Beach. The suit alleges that groundwater contaminated with a chemical known as TCE damaged property values in a 10-block area near the company's former plant.

Nuclear Plant Likely Leaking Radioactive Water into Sea

July 22, 2013 10:13 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. The delayed announcement underscores the criticisms the company has faced over the Fukushima crisis.


Refinery Wants to Change Wetlands Protection

July 22, 2013 10:04 am | News | Comments

A Westlake refinery is holding a public meeting this week about its proposal to sink a sheet metal barrier into the ground to keep chemicals out of Bayou Verdine. The Axiall Corp. refinery has been using wells to pump chlorinated hydrocarbons away from the bayou.

Exxon Contests $1.7M Penalty for Pipeline Break

July 18, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

Representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. appeared at before federal regulators Wednesday to contest $1.7 million in proposed civil penalties over a Montana oil spill. The penalties stem from a 2011 pipeline break that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Laurel.

Wyo. Governor Blasts EPA Over Haze Plan

July 18, 2013 10:10 am | by BOB MOEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the EPA to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming's air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness areas by further limiting air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.

EU Official: China Can Curb Pollution, Still Grow

July 18, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

The European Union's environment commissioner says China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth. Janez Potocnik also says China's serious pollution problems are an opportunity for European businesses that have developed technology to clean up water and air pollution.

EPA Says 3 Mo. Groups Getting Cleanup Funds

July 17, 2013 4:56 pm | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency said in a release Monday that agencies in Jefferson City, St. Louis, and Springfield, will receive a total of $1.6 million in supplemental revolving loan funds to help clean up and redevelop polluted sites.


Regulators: SW Mich. Nuke Plant Had More Leaks

July 17, 2013 4:54 pm | News | Comments

Regulators say southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant has had two leaks since shutting down in May to repair a leaking water storage tank. Jack Geissner, a commission branch chief, said Tuesday the most recent leak occurred last Wednesday in a pipe in the service water system.

Official Recinds Report Critical of Mining Industry, 'Just Assumed' It Said Otherwise

July 17, 2013 4:52 pm | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of the Iliamna Village Council said Wednesday that she did not review a report submitted on the council's behalf that backed up conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the potentially negative impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region.

NM Reaches $920K Settlement with Gas Processor

July 17, 2013 9:50 am | News | Comments

State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations. The Environment Department says the settlement with Occidental Permian Limited Partnership is worth more than $920,000.

Delaware Panel Dismisses Appeal of Refinery Permit

July 17, 2013 9:44 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Members of Delaware's Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted unanimously to dismiss an appeal of a state-issued permit for a new crude oil transfer station, ruling that they had no standing to challenge an air quality permit granted to PBF Energy in May.

PA Protestors on Fracking: 'Don't Want It Here'

July 16, 2013 12:47 pm | by | Videos | Comments

Protestors gathered last week outside the offices of Pennsylvania Senator Chuck McIlhinney demanding a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking." The protest was part of a statewide push by anti-fracking citizens and environmental groups to put pressure on lawmakers.


Mining Company Expected to Finish Wis. Test Bores

July 16, 2013 9:57 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company looking to dig a large iron mine just south of Lake Superior is set to finish exploratory drilling, setting up a lull that could dampen tensions with protesters, at least for a while. Protesters have gathered in the woods around the site. They confronted mine workers there last month.

New England's Love Affair with Natural Gas Cools

July 15, 2013 10:19 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

New England's love affair with natural gas appears to be showing strain as the regional power grid operator voices worry about too much demand on limited supplies, and a leading environmental group criticizes the fuel it once supported.

Climate Plan: Devil Is in the Details

July 15, 2013 10:13 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated by a recalcitrant Congress, President Barack Obama has vowed to take climate change into his own hands. Now he has to deliver. Three weeks after giving an ambitious speech to outline his proposal, the president begins the arduous task of executing it.

China Scraps Uranium Processing Plan After Protest

July 15, 2013 10:04 am | News | Comments

Authorities in a southern Chinese city on Saturday scrapped a plan to build a uranium-processing plant, one day after hundreds of local residents protested against it because of safety concerns. Protesters paraded through the streets of Jiangmen on Friday, holding banners and wearing T-shirts with phrases opposing the project while chanting slogans.

Miss. Regulators Approve Energy Efficiency Rules

July 12, 2013 10:35 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi electric and natural gas utilities will soon be paying for their customers to cut energy use. The state Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to adopt energy efficiency rules requiring all gas and electric companies with more than 25,000 customers to begin offering programs within six months.

Regulators OK Solar Expansion for Georgia Power

July 12, 2013 10:33 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia Power must purchase more solar power for its energy system under a plan approved Thursday by state utility regulators, a move sought by solar developers and renewable energy proponents but denounced by a commissioner who argued it could raise costs.

Mich. Democrats Introduce Fracking Safety Bills

July 12, 2013 10:28 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

A group of Democrats in Michigan's Republican-controlled House introduced a package of bills Thursday that would tighten state regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which releases natural gas trapped in deep underground rock formations.

NY Sets Hearings on Plan to Reduce Carbon Cap

July 11, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

New York regulators have scheduled a series of hearing on a proposal to reduce the volume of carbon dioxide emissions allowed in a nine-state region. The state is part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which announced in February plans to cap emissions at 91 million tons each year starting in 2014.

Emissions a Concern After Nuclear Plant Shutdown

July 11, 2013 10:15 am | by LAURA OLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first legislative hearing on the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant focused on the shutdown's impact on California's greenhouse gas emissions, leaving discussion on how the plant will be safely decommissioned for future meetings.

U.S., China Inch Closer to Climate Change Deal

July 11, 2013 10:11 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top U.S. and Chinese officials are wrapping up annual strategic and economic talks that have yielded greater cooperation on reducing greenhouse gases but again exposed Washington's frustration over cyber theft it says is emanating from the emerging Asian power.

Japan: Radioactive Water Likely Leaking into Pacific

July 11, 2013 10:03 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said a leak is "strongly suspected" and urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain.

Environmental Activists Scale London's Shard Tower

July 11, 2013 9:57 am | News | Comments

Six environmental activists were attempting Thursday to scale the Shard, Western Europe's tallest building, to protest drilling in the Arctic by oil companies. Greenpeace group said the six climbers, all women, hoped to affix an artwork to the top of the 310-meter (1,017-foot) tower on the south bank of the River Thames in London.

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