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Australia To Repeal Carbon Tax

June 23, 2014 10:36 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.                                

Controlling Dust With Curtain Walls

June 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks | Articles | Comments

Controlling dust in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.

Texas Gas Town Considers Banning Fracking

June 19, 2014 12:53 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

For more than a decade, Denton has drawn its lifeblood from the huge gas reserves that lie beneath its streets. The gas fields have produced a billion dollars in mineral wealth and pumped more than $30 million into city bank accounts. But this former farming center north of Dallas is considering a revolt.

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Great Lakes Mayors Call For Tougher Oil Shipment Rules

June 19, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization representing mayors of cities in the Great Lakes region says the U.S. and Canada should do more to protect the environment from oil spills.                      

The End Of Microbeads Is Near

June 18, 2014 4:32 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. 

North Carolina Attorney General Demands Coal Ash Cleanup

June 18, 2014 4:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's attorney general says Duke Energy's coal ash pits must be cleaned up to protect the state's waterways, but consumers should not foot the bill.                          

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

Coal Ash Bill Advances In North Carolina Senate

June 18, 2014 10:37 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A committee of the North Carolina Senate advanced a bill aimed at stopping groundwater pollution leaching from Duke Energy's coal pits in the state, despite concerns raised by the company that it won't be able to meet the mandated closure deadlines.

Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 10:31 am | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.                     

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California Releases Revised Fracking Regulations

June 17, 2014 4:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California oil regulators have released updated rules governing well stimulation jobs including hydraulic fracturing. The revisions are a continuation of the draft rules released last year.                          

FDA Could End Consumer Access To Antibacterial Soap

June 16, 2014 2:57 pm | by American Cleaning Institute | News | Comments

Proposed rules by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could remove antibacterial soaps and body washes from store shelves – and might lead to 7.5 million new cases of foodborne illness and more than $38 billion in health care costs annually.

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 Will Staff Spill Site Round The Clock During Cleanup

June 16, 2014 2:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After spilling stormwater into the Elk River twice last week, Freedom Industries told the Department of Environmental Protection it would keep contractors at its Charleston site 24 hours a day.                                  

Power Plant Debate Starts War Of Statistics

June 16, 2014 11:23 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change.               

"Big Oil" Lawsuit Issues Linger In Lousiana

June 16, 2014 11:21 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation aimed at killing a south Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against the oil and gas industry has been passed and signed into law, but nothing is settled yet — including the future membership of the flood board itself.                

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Judge Orders New Trial For Ex-BP Engineer

June 13, 2014 10:05 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval threw out Kurt Mix's obstruction-of-justice conviction, saying that remarks a jury forewoman overheard outside of the courtroom influenced the verdict.                           

Scientists Still Finding Deepwater Horizon Oil On Shore

June 13, 2014 9:47 am | by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences | News | Comments

Years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil spill, oil continues to wash ashore as oil-soaked "sand patties," and questions remain about how much oil has been deposited on the seafloor.                             

Hawaii Settles Up With EPA For $155K

June 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has settled with Hawaii Gas on a penalty of $155,000 for risk management violations and not notifying federal authorities about a chemical release.                      

Oil Boom Boosts Archaeology Jobs

June 12, 2014 10:21 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drilling crews are eager to plunge their equipment into the ground. Road builders are ready to start highway projects, and construction workers need to dig. But across the hyperactive oil fields of North Dakota, these and other groups have to wait for another team of specialists known for slow, meticulous study: archaeologists.

Western Governors Weigh In On EPA Rules

June 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten western governors met Tuesday with Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to talk about cleaner power plant rules proposed by the Obama administration — including cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from coal. A sampling of what some governors have to say about it: 

North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.

States Sign Deal With Duke For Coal Ash Cleanup

June 10, 2014 10:43 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental and wildlife officials in North Carolina and Virginia signed an agreement with Duke Energy for the cleanup of toxic coal ash from the Dan River, which flows through the two states.                        

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) expects to start production at a record 10 major projects in 2014, adding new capacity of approximately 300,000 net oil equivalent barrels per day and contributing to profitable production growth

Lawsuit Against Exxon Mobil Proceeds

June 10, 2014 10:41 am | by CHUCK BARTELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A lawsuit filed by federal and state officials will go forward against Exxon Mobil Corp. over a crude oil spill that forced the evacuation of 22 homes in Mayflower, a U.S. district judge ruled.                    

Louisiana Senator Speaks Out Against EPA Regulations

June 10, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu traveled to a Louisiana coal-fired power plant to highlight her opposition to President Barack Obama's regulatory plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution.                                        

EPA's New Plan - Feasible & Economically Beneficial?

June 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Michael Obeiter and Kevin Kennedy, World Resources Institute | Blogs | Comments

The new rule intends to serve as a major step toward the United States achieving its 2020 emissions-reduction target and given current cost trends, even deeper reductions are possible by 2030. More importantly, there are opportunities for the final version of the rule to tap the full potential of efficiency and renewable energy throughout the country.

Trees: Nature's Best Air Scrubbing System

June 9, 2014 11:10 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest chemical companies and one of its oldest conservation groups have forged an unlikely partnership that seeks to recreate some of lost Texas Gulf Coast forest to curb pollution.                       

Coal Maintains Its Political Muscle

June 9, 2014 10:49 am | by ADAM BEAM, JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government's most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet. But king coal still flexes its political muscle in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Republicans and even Democrats try to out-coal one another by cozying up to the industry and slamming President Barack Obama.

Is Aerogel Technology The Key To Oil Spill Cleanup?

June 6, 2014 12:05 pm | by Wisconsin Institute For Discovery | Videos | Comments

Cleaning up oil spills and metal contaminates in a low-impact, sustainable and inexpensive manner remains a challenge for companies and governments globally. But a group of researchers at UW–Madison are examining alternative materials that can be modified to absorb oil and chemicals. If further developed, the technology may offer a cheaper and “greener” method to absorb oil and heavy metals from water and other surfaces.

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