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2 Former Freedom Owners Set For Plea Hearings in Spill Case

March 16, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The January 2014 spill contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days.

Court: Chemical Safety Board Can Investigate Offshore Spills

March 13, 2015 4:41 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal appeals court has again found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has the authority to investigate offshore oil spills.

Study: Carbon Emissions Stabilize Despite Growing Economy

March 13, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global energy emissions stayed stable last year even though the economy grew, according to data released Friday that could boost chances for a landmark climate accord later this year.

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W.Va. Governor Signs prevailing Wage, Coal Mining Bills

March 13, 2015 2:32 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed bills Thursday that scale back the state's prevailing wage and cut safety and environmental rules for coal mining.

Oil Shipments to Resume in Pipeline That Broke Under River

March 12, 2015 11:37 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A Wyoming company is preparing to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River, even as most of the spilled oil remains unrecovered.

Pipeline Foes Appeal to Nebraska Lawmakers in Testy Hearing

March 12, 2015 11:21 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 60 landowners and activists rallied at the state Capitol in Lincoln as pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. defended its use of eminent domain to gain access to property owned by holdouts.

California Battery Recycler to Close in Deal With Feds

March 12, 2015 9:45 am | by Los Angeles Times | News | Comments

A Los Angeles County battery recycler at the center of a long public fight over its toxic output has agreed to shutter its plant.

Canada to Propose Tougher Oil Tank Car Standards

March 12, 2015 9:32 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal, posted online Wednesday by Transport Canada, would require the cars to have outer "jackets," a layer of thermal protection, and thicker steel walls.

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Chemical Regulations Act Gets a Major Reboot — But Not Everyone is Applauding

March 11, 2015 5:17 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The intent is to improve consumer safety with updated laws and regulations of toxic chemicals, and on face value, the bill seems to accomplish just that. But not everyone agrees on whether the provisions go far enough.

Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 11:39 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state said monitoring wells near Duke's dumps at Sutton showed readings exceeding state groundwater standards or boron, thallium, selenium, iron, manganese and other chemicals.

Houston Ship Channel Spill Cleanup to Take Several Days

March 11, 2015 10:05 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

About a 4-mile to 8-mile stretch of the ship channel remained closed as crews worked to deal with the gasoline additive that spilled after two 600-foot ships collided on Monday in foggy conditions.

Groups Ask For Stricter Pesticide Regulations to Protect Honeybees

March 10, 2015 3:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The letter, signed by 128 groups, called on the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action to regulate the use of neonicotinoids.

New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts it Into Energy

March 10, 2015 3:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The wastewater, called brine, contains high levels of salt and toxic organic compounds that could impact local water supplies if not properly contained. 

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Seattle Mayor, Council Seek Review of Shell Drilling Fleet

March 10, 2015 11:33 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

City officials said Monday they want to review whether current permits allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to lease port property along the Seattle waterfront for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.

Lawmakers Move to Halt New Jersey's $225M Exxon Settlement

March 10, 2015 10:23 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey legislative committee advanced a resolution on Monday calling for the rejection of a deal Gov. Chris Christie's administration announced last week to settle a decade-old lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for $225 million, a fraction of what the state previously sought for environmental damage from the oil company.

Well Setbacks Hearing Focuses Oil Economics, Health Concerns

March 10, 2015 10:15 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil drilling economics and public health concerns tussled in tug-of-war Monday as the petroleum industry, advocacy groups and homeowners told state regulators what they think should be the minimum distance between homes, and oil and gas wells in Wyoming and why.

Chemical Exposure Could Cost Billions in Health Care Expenses

March 9, 2015 4:56 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

New regulations targeting endocrine disrupters — which are found in thousands of products — are likely to have sweeping impacts across the chemicals industry.

Illinois Oil Train Derailment Involved Safer Tank Cars

March 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Railroad company officials say a fiery oil train derailment in western Illinois involved tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires.

3 Arguments Against Lifting The Crude Ban — That Are Still (Mostly) Bogus

March 6, 2015 9:54 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

With tanks of oil piling up in the U.S., the drumbeat for lifting the crude export ban has been getting louder — but many in Congress are still reluctant to let the ban go. Here are some of the arguments in support of keeping the ban and how they stack up against the facts.

Study of Tibetan Ice Shows Chemical Regulations Are Effective

March 5, 2015 4:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Researchers called the results "encouraging" and noted the study showed international agreements and chemical bans can gradually "reduce the prevalence of toxic chemicals."

New Jersey Officially Announces $225M Exxon Mobil Settlement

March 5, 2015 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say it is the largest environmental settlement in state history — though it has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers who say it is for a mere fraction of the nearly $9 billion initially sought.

Plantation Owners Seeking Answers About Mercury Pollution

March 5, 2015 10:24 am | by DAVID J. MITCHELL, The Advocate | News | Comments

A nearby plant turns bauxite ore shipped from Jamaica into alumina, which supplies the company's aluminum smelter in Missouri.

Top Senate Republican Tells States: Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 4, 2015 2:41 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama's proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. 

Humans Adapted to Arsenic

March 4, 2015 10:47 am | by Molecular Biology and Evolution | Articles | Comments

High up in the high Andes mountains of Argentina, researchers have identified the first evidence of a population uniquely adapted to tolerate the toxic chemical arsenic.

California Shuts Down Oil Wells to Protect Groundwater

March 4, 2015 10:42 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Years of confusion, lax oversight and miscommunication among state and federal regulators are to blame for injecting protected groundwater with the waste, says a separate report California's Environmental Protection Agency.

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