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Iowa Copes with Nitrate Surge in Drinking Water

June 5, 2013 10:31 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rain following last year's drought has created a new, unexpected problem: The deluge is washing fertilizer off the farms and into rivers that provide drinking water to much of Iowa. Public officials say the problem will pass, but others worry about the potential risks of never-before-seen levels of nitrate.

Concerns Raised Over Coal Ash in Missouri

June 3, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Last week, the owner of a suburban St. Louis business, Rotary Drilling Supply Inc., reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over the unauthorized disposal of coal ash, which is the waste produced when coal is burned to produce electricity.

Ill. Passes Nation's Toughest Fracking Regulations

June 3, 2013 10:09 am | by KERRY LESTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois came a giant step closer to approving the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling on Friday, as lawmakers approved a measure they hoped would create thousands of jobs in economically depressed areas of southern Illinois.

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Storied Nuke Plant Becomes Environmental Wasteland

June 3, 2013 10:03 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Today the legacy of Hanford Nuclear Reservation is less about what was made here than the environmental mess left behind — and the federal government's inability, for nearly a quarter-century now, to rid Hanford once and for all of its worst hazard: 56 million gallons of toxic waste cached in aging underground tanks.

Temple Inland Fined $3.3M for 2011 Spill

May 30, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish.

Uranium Mine Foes Want Hearing Changed

May 30, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

Opponents of a proposed uranium mine in southwestern South Dakota have asked Gov. Dennis Daugaard to change the proposed date of a state hearing on the project, asking for a delay until after another panel holds a hearing on water permits for the project.

Appeals Court Won't Ease Way for Kan. Coal Plant

May 29, 2013 10:32 am | by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to overturn a federal judge's ruling that had put a $2.8 billion project on hold. Sunflower wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.

Odor Complaints Persist at Wis. Processing Plant

May 29, 2013 10:27 am | News | Comments

New complaints about the odor coming from a Green Bay area plant that processes animal fats and food waste has some Brown County supervisors pushing harder to punish the owners if the matter isn't addressed soon. A supervisor says the county has provided plenty of time for Sanimax to fix the odor problems.

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Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $81.6M for Waste Disposal

May 29, 2013 10:08 am | by GREG RISLING & PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in San Francisco Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Clean Water Act by improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.

Navajo Plans to Block Uranium Transport

May 28, 2013 10:27 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A uranium mining company seeking a mineral lease on state land in Arizona could have a hard time transporting the ore off-site because of the Navajo Nation's objections to an industry that left a legacy of death and disease among tribal members.

Marching Against Monsanto

May 28, 2013 10:24 am | News | Comments

Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Critics say genetically modified organisms can lead to serious health conditions and harm the environment.

Pa. Water Plants Fined by EPA for Drilling Waste

May 24, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is fining three western Pennsylvania wastewater plants for discharging natural gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River or tributaries that feed it. The fines are contained in a consent agreement with the companies that ran the plants.

Families Sue Whirlpool Over Ohio Cancer Cluster

May 21, 2013 8:10 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The wait for answers is far from over for parents who for years have lived with the worry of not knowing what's behind the mysterious cancers that have sickened dozens of children in a rural area of northern Ohio. Despite a federal civil lawsuit that points toward a possible cause, the issue is far from settled.

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Alaska Unveils Plan to Assess Gas, Oil in ANWR

May 21, 2013 8:05 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska has unveiled a plan to determine the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's oil and gas potential, as the state looks to reinvigorate the debate over whether to drill on the refuge's coastal plain.

Swedish Wastewater Company Reduces Energy Consumption

May 20, 2013 10:03 am | Articles | Comments

WATER/WASTEWATER: Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, has reduced the energy consumption of a wastewater pumping station in Sweden by 50 percent using its award-winning Flygt Experior solution.

Coast Guard to Take Testimony on Shell Grounding

May 20, 2013 8:42 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Circumstances surrounding the grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island will be explored in a public hearing in Anchorage. The Coast Guard says a marine casualty investigation into the grounding of the Kulluk  will begin at noon Monday at the Loussac Library and could last two weeks.

Texas Sues BP for Damages Related to Oil Spill

May 20, 2013 8:34 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit, filed by the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in federal court in Beaumont, is seeking lost tax revenue, lost revenue from state parks, damages to natural resources and civil penalties from BP for each day that oil was spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and for every barrel of oil that was illegally discharged.

Regs Report: Complying with Lighting Standards

May 17, 2013 9:24 am | by Kimberley Schmitt, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info's recurring Regs Report feature presents new and emerging regulations and enables readers to better achieve compliance. In this installment, we explore new lighting regulations released as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Wind Farms Get Pass on Eagle Deaths

May 14, 2013 10:26 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country's wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin. The large death toll at wind farms shows how the renewable energy rush comes with its own environmental consequences, trade-offs the Obama administration is willing to make in the name of cleaner energy.

Exxon Challenges $1.7M Yellowstone Spill Penalty

May 14, 2013 10:09 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil Corp. is challenging $1.7 million in penalties proposed by federal safety regulators who faulted the oil company over a 63,000-gallon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River, according to documents released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Wyoming Energy Policy Preserves Landscapes

May 14, 2013 9:52 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Matt Mead on Monday unveiled a state energy policy two years in the making that calls for maintaining Wyoming's position as the top energy-exporting state while preserving its wild, scenic and pristine landscapes. Mead's report outlines four priorities: Economic competitiveness, efficient regulation, natural resource conservation and developing new technologies.

Power Plant Operator Objects Navajo Nation's Changes to Lease

May 10, 2013 10:26 am | News | Comments

The owners of a northern Arizona coal plant that sends water to the state's biggest cities has objected to changes made by the Navajo Nation in approving a lease extension. The plant's operator, Salt River Project, told tribal officials this week that amendments dealing with water rights, hiring preferences and having the federal government sign on as a lessee are unacceptable.

Oil, Gas Lease Auctions in Calif. Postponed

May 8, 2013 8:26 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently announced it was postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California. The decision came after a federal judge ruled last month that BLM had violated a key environmental law when the agency auctioned the drilling rights for other parcels near the lush Salinas River Valley before performing a sweeping review of the impacts on water, wildlife and air quality.

Anti-Fracking Amendment Rejected in NE Ohio

May 8, 2013 8:17 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in a northeast Ohio city where disposal of wastewater from the drilling method led to earthquakes and alleged groundwater contamination. The Community Bill of Rights on Youngstown's ballot would have prohibited the controversial high-pressure oil and gas drilling technique, also called fracking, inside city limits.

Finger Lakes Gas-Storage Plans Draw Outcry

May 6, 2013 10:01 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plans call for six new rail spurs to handle 24 propane tanker cars every 12 hours. A round-the-clock cycle of trains and tanker trucks seven days a week would bring propane in and out of the facility. Four 700-horsepower compressors would be built, and two open brine ponds would be placed on a hillside above Seneca Lake.

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