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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.

BP Oil Spill Cleanup Ends in 3 States

June 11, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

Cleanup work has ended in three of the states affected by BP PLC's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Monday. The London-based oil giant said the Coast Guard has concluded "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the work continues along 84 miles of Louisiana's shoreline.

Chevron CEO: Responding to Safety Concerns

June 11, 2013 10:00 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Chevron CEO John Watson discusses energy production in the wake of BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Watson says energy companies are taking a more proactive approach to safety, securing their systems and operations before government regulators come knocking.

IEA: Energy Emissions Rose to Record High in 2012

June 10, 2013 10:34 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, according to the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook report.

NC House Panel OKs Cautious 'Fracking' Bill

June 6, 2013 12:00 pm | by CHRIS KARDISH, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina would take a more cautious approach to allowing oil and gas drilling under legislation that won approval Wednesday in a state House committee. The amended bill removes many provisions in a Senate measure that would set a date for regulators to begin issuing permits to energy companies drilling for gas through hydraulic fracturing.


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.

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.

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.

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