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Ex-FBI Director to Review BP Settlement Program

July 3, 2013 10:17 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed Tuesday to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped run BP's multibillion-dollar settlement fund. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order naming Freeh, who now runs a consulting firm, a "special master" for the investigation.

Gas Firm Gets Partial Win in Condemnation Lawsuit

July 3, 2013 10:09 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot gave another win Tuesday to a Nebraska gas firm in a lawsuit over the condemnation of more than 9,100 acres in south-central Kansas. The judge granted partial summary judgment to Northern Natural Gas in the latest ruling in a decades-old legal fight stemming from gas seeping from an underground storage facility.

Eastern Utah Power Plant Fined Over Emissions

July 3, 2013 10:04 am | News | Comments

The operators of a coal-fired power plant in eastern Utah have agreed to pay $35,000 to settle air-pollution violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA says the Bonanza power plant was releasing too much exhaust at times.


White House Has Coal Country on the Defensive

July 2, 2013 10:00 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A White House proposal aimed at reining in climate change, with its emphasis on cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, would put facilities like the 2,100 megawatt Colstrip electricity plant in eastern Montana in regulators' cross hairs.

Calif.'s Sierra a 'Living Lab' for Climate Change

July 1, 2013 10:38 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

As indicators point toward a warming climate, scientists across 4 million acres of federally protected land are noting changes affecting everything from the massive trees that can grow to more than two-dozen feet across to the tiny, hamsterlike pika.

Energy Secretary Sees Coal's 'Significant Role'

June 28, 2013 10:38 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that coal will continue to play a major role in meeting America's energy needs even as the Obama administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming. Moniz dismissed claims that President Barack Obama's climate plan amounted to a war on coal.

Pavillion Group Spells Out Fracking Water Study Concerns

June 27, 2013 10:12 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

People who live in a central Wyoming gas field with tainted groundwater are pressing Gov. Matt Mead for more details about how Wyoming plans to take over and carry on with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigation into the contamination.

BP Mounts Offensive in Spill Settlement Dispute

June 26, 2013 11:14 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

With an ad blitz and a tersely worded letter to Gulf Coast businesses, BP is mounting an increasingly aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


USVI Struggles to Cap Propane Leak in St. Croix

June 26, 2013 11:10 am | News | Comments

Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands are trying to contain a propane leak that forced the evacuation of some 100 guests from two nearby hotels. St. Croix Fire Chief Angel Torres said crews on Tuesday were trying to minimize the effects on air quality.

Report: Plant Explosion Released Toxic Chemicals

June 26, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

The deadly June 13 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar released more than 62,000 pounds of toxic chemicals during the accident that killed two workers and injured 114 others, according to a report filed with state environmental regulators.

Keystone XL Pits Energy Demands Against Environmental Concerns

June 25, 2013 2:41 pm | by PBS | Videos | Comments

Alberta's tar sands are some of the largest oil reserves in the world. TransCanada's plan to build a pipeline, known as Keystone XL, from Alberta into the U.S. heartland has raised concerns among environmental activists, pitting environmental concerns against an industry push to increase production.

Power Plant Limits at Center of Obama Climate Plan

June 25, 2013 10:11 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN & MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants.

Ohio Injection Well Operator Loses State Appeal

June 25, 2013 9:43 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission has upheld an order revoking the permits of a northeast Ohio injection-well operator whose former executive is charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act, but the company says it is not giving up.


Hanford Tank May Be Leaking Nuclear Waste Into Soil

June 25, 2013 9:40 am | by SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An underground tank holding some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site might be leaking into the soil. The U.S. Energy Department said workers at Washington state's Hanford Nuclear Reservation detected higher radioactivity levels under tank AY-102 during a routine inspection.

Flexible Film Isolator

June 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science’s new Purair Flex is a portable, cost-effective flexible film isolator. The isolator provides containment solutions to meet any analytical need.

Obama to Unveil Climate Plan in Tuesday Speech

June 24, 2013 11:12 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is preparing to unveil his long-awaited national plan to combat climate change in a major speech. People consulting with White House officials say they expect him to put forth regulations on heat-trapping gases emitted by existing coal-fired power plans.

High Court to Review Cross-Border Pollution Rule

June 24, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider reinstating a federal regulation intended to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. The court on Monday said it will review an appeals court ruling that overturned the Environmental Protection Agency's cross-state air pollution rule.

Boost for Cars or Bust? Ethanol Debate Heats Up

June 24, 2013 10:44 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that's cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles? That's the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15, which contains 15 percent ethanol.

Canadian PM Touts Keystone Pipeline

June 24, 2013 10:33 am | Videos | Comments

On a recent visit to New York, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke in favor of the Keystone XL, an $5.3 billion oil pipeline that would run from Alberta to Kansas. Harper focused on the jobs that would be created by such a project.

EPA Drops Fracking Report Based on Controversial Science

June 21, 2013 10:28 am | by BEN NEARY & MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped plans to have outside experts review its theory that hydraulic fracturing may have played a role in groundwater pollution in Wyoming, and the agency no longer plans to write a final report on its research that led to the controversial finding a year and a half ago.

Mining Company Submits Sampling Plan to Wis. DNR

June 20, 2013 9:19 am | News | Comments

A company looking to dig a huge iron mine just south of Lake Superior has filed new papers with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources outlining a bulk sampling plan and notifying the agency it plans to seek a mining permit. Gogebic Taconite filed the papers Monday. They include a plan that calls for sampling rock from five sites to assess the quality of the iron deposit. Less than 10,000 tons would be removed from the five sites.

After the Ark. Spill: The Future of the Oil Industry

June 18, 2013 9:45 am | by Al Jazeera | Videos | Comments

In the wake of a ruptured pipeline that coated an Arkansas town in oil over two months ago, residents are complaining about illnesses that could be related to the spill. Al Jazeera take a look at the environmental controls being placed on the U.S. oil industry and what their possible impact on public health could be.

Fracking Fuels Water Fights

June 17, 2013 9:30 am | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface. Hydraulic fracturing, or the drilling technique commonly known as fracking, has been used for decades to blast huge volumes of water, fine sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open valuable shale formations.

Pollution Control Breaks Down at Del. Refinery

June 12, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

Officials say a Delaware City Refinery unit is using backup pollution control after a malfunction that sent a dark plume of smoke billowing from a stack at the plant. A Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control alert says the problem involves an energy-recovery and pollution-control system linked to a coker, which controls emissions.

Regs Report: NFPA2112 Standards

June 12, 2013 10:06 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 the NFPA 2112 standards on flame resistant garments for protection against flash fires.

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