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Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.

NC River Turns To Sludge After Coal Ash Spill

February 6, 2014 10:41 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.                          

Slime Busting Coating For More Sustainable Ships

February 5, 2014 2:44 pm | by AkzoNobel | Videos | Comments

At his lab, Mehmet Atlar, Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics at Newcastle University, is working on new polymers that can be painted to the hulls of ships to prevent the build-up of various underwater slimes. It’s a bit like the non-stick surface of a frying pan, which prevents anything from adhering. By testing model ships in various conditions, Altar is already seeing results.

State and federal environmental officials on Tuesday continued their investigations of a Duke Energy Corp. spill of coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina's Rockingham County.

Coal Ash Spill Investigation Begins

February 5, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal environmental officials on Tuesday continued their investigations of a Duke Energy Corp. spill of coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina's Rockingham County.


EPA Shifts Greenhouse Gas Permitting To Texas

February 5, 2014 10:45 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Texas authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long, often bitter battle between the federal agency and the state.

Coal Ash Spills Into NC River

February 4, 2014 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipe under a coal ash pond broke in northern North Carolina, releasing an unknown amount of coal ash into the Dan River, Duke Energy Corp. said Monday.                              

West Virginia regulators say the company behind a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 people now estimates some 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked, up from an earlier figure of 7,500 gallons.

Freedom Industries Receives $4M To Cover Cleanup

January 22, 2014 10:29 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The embattled company behind West Virginia's chemical spill has reached a bankruptcy court deal for up to $4 million in credit from a lender to help continue operations and also provide funds to cover environmental cleanup from the spill in the Elk River, an attorney said.  

Halliburton Manager Sentenced

January 21, 2014 10:53 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager faces a possible prison term when a federal judge sentences him for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Get The Facts On New Hazard Communication Standards

January 7, 2014 3:43 pm | by Lindsey Shehan, Chemist, Techspray; Kevin Pawlowski, Senior Product Manager, Techspray | Articles | Comments

As the world continues to get smaller, and millions of pounds of chemical products are shipped between countries daily, a new Global Harmonized System is being implemented to aid in the communication of hazards and risks.                                   


Water Projects Unify A Divided Congress

December 27, 2013 10:15 am | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in a dysfunctional Congress.                  

Water Recycling At Eagle Ford Shale

December 23, 2013 2:01 pm | by Dow & Omni Water Solutions | News | Comments

Together, Dow Water & Process Solutions and Omni Water Solutions have treated more than 245,000 barrels of flowback and produced water from Texas’ Eagle Ford shale hydraulic fracturing operations.                                               

Obama Pushes More Oil To Clean Up Coal

December 23, 2013 10:55 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

Ex-EPA Official Convicted Of Theft

December 18, 2013 1:35 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency to 32 months in prison for stealing from the agency by failing to show up for work — while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA.                                   

Verdict Reached In BP Engineer's Trial

December 18, 2013 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said that a verdict has been reached Wednesday morning in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct an investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Trading Wetlands For Mines

December 17, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company hoping to build a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota says it will add wetlands elsewhere to offset the loss of more than 900 acres the project would cause.                                   

Coast Guard Wants Barges To Ship Fracking Water

December 16, 2013 11:29 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages.                           

Stage Is Set For Clean Energy In 2014

December 16, 2013 10:57 am | by Natural Resources Defense Council | News | Comments

In a key year for the American people’s health and the environment, the nation has expanded clean energy and efficiency and acted against climate change, but further steps are needed to protect our communities and public health in 2014, according to experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Legal Battle Over Ash Ponds In IL

December 13, 2013 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois coal plant operator says it's eager to address an environmental group's claims that the company's ash ponds pollute groundwater.                                           

PA Plant Recycling Shale Water

December 13, 2013 11:08 am | by ANYA LIVTAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | News | Comments

Starting in January, Daniel Ertel's wastewater processing plant in Williamsport will start churning out commodities: Oil. Methanol. Sodium chloride.                                               

EPA: Radioactive NYC Site Needs Superfund Cleanup

December 12, 2013 9:16 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press | News | Comments

An industrial site in New York City that once was used to process radioactive material, including some sold to the government for the Manhattan Project, is still emitting worrisome radiation and should be designated a Superfund cleanup site, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

Court Looks At EPA Rule On Cross-State Pollution

December 11, 2013 10:49 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it could breathe new life into a federal rule requiring states to reduce power plant pollution from the South and Midwest that fouls the air in the eastern U.S. The eight participating justices should issue their decision by late June.

Judge Rejects Mistrial Motion For Ex-BP Engineer

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kurt Mix is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He has pleaded not guilty.                                                    

OSHA Cites Rail Car Services For Violations

December 10, 2013 9:45 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday in a release that Rail Car Services was cited for 11 violations at its rail car refurbishing facility in Kansas City, Kan. OSHA says the violations stem from inspections that began after a complaint about fall protection and work done in confined spaces.

9 States Tighten Carbon Dioxide Pollution Rules

December 10, 2013 9:40 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts and the eight other states that also adopted revisions — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — are part of the nation's first multi-state "cap-and-trade" program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Jobs vs. Environment In Pinelands Pipe Plan Fracas

December 10, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

The age-old jobs-versus-the-environment clash is playing out again, this time in the New Jersey Pinelands, a million-acre spread of protected woods and wetlands that happens to be in the way of a proposed pipeline.         

GM Uses Landfill Gas To Power Assembly Plant

December 5, 2013 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Corp. is spending $11 million at its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant to create a small power plant that would use landfill gas to supply 40 percent of the factory's electricity.                       

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