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Study: EPA Could Be Overstating Health Benefits of Air Regulations

May 28, 2015 4:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators could be significantly overstating the public health benefits of air quality rules, according to a recent study by Indiana University researchers.

EPA Plans Temporary Pesticide Restrictions While Bees Feed

May 28, 2015 9:56 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A federal rule to be proposed Thursday would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm by professional beekeepers, which are the majority of honeybees in the U.S.

Ohio House OKs Ban on Pure Caffeine, Powdered Alcohol Sales

May 28, 2015 9:46 am | by ANN SANNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products in Ohio cleared the state House on Wednesday, one year after a high school senior overdosed on a powdered form of the stimulant and died.


New Federal Rules On Stream Protection Hailed, Criticized

May 28, 2015 9:22 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rules, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, aim to clarify which smaller waterways fall under federal protection after two Supreme Court rulings left the reach of the Clean Water Act uncertain.

Bill Would Limit Arsenic In Rice

May 27, 2015 5:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, said inorganic arsenic in rice, cereal and other common products exposes consumers to high levels of the carcinogen and that the federal government should step in.

EPA Issues Final Rules Protecting Drinking Water, Streams

May 27, 2015 1:48 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration issued new rules Wednesday to protect the nation's drinking water and clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are covered by anti-pollution and development provisions of the Clean Water Act.

China Fines Chemical Company $12M For Polluting, Jails Staff

May 27, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A court in eastern China fined a manufacturer of weed killer $12 million and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors.

Federal Data: As Oil Production Soars, So Do Pipeline Leaks

May 26, 2015 5:22 pm | by Henry C. Jackson, David A. Lieb, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent.


Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial Ingredients Getting Booted

May 26, 2015 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Critics say the purging of chemicals is a response to unfounded fears over ingredients, but companies are nevertheless rushing to ensure their recipes don't become marketing disadvantages.

Scientists Link Dolphin Deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP Spill

May 22, 2015 3:29 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico.

EPA Orders $43 Million Cleanup at Former DuPont Plant

May 22, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DuPont's Pompton Lakes Works plant manufactured ammunition for nearly a century and leaked mercury, lead and other toxic chemicals across the 576-acre campus and surrounding areas.

How Does Shell’s Environmental Record Stack Up?

May 20, 2015 5:06 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Before we pack our parkas and head north, let’s review the reality behind a some of Shell’s environmental record and see how the company’s rhetoric stacks up to its history in dealing with disasters.

California Concerns Grow Over Oilfield Operations Near Water

May 20, 2015 10:55 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves.


Fuel Company Settles Claims Over Air Emissions in 3 States

May 20, 2015 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay a fine of nearly $3 million and spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

Asbestos-Contaminated Community to Weigh in on Final Cleanup

May 20, 2015 10:43 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Montana mining community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure will weigh in this week on a proposal to leave the dangerous material behind in many houses and buildings.

Obama Frames Global Warming as National Security Threat

May 20, 2015 9:27 am | by NANCY BENAC, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the Republican-led Congress indifferent to Obama's entreaties, the president has been doing what he can to combat climate change through executive orders to cut greenhouse gas emissions and through the powers of persuasion.

Why There’s so Much Buzz About Losing Honeybees — By The Numbers

May 19, 2015 5:10 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

It’s potentially a $15 billion problem in the U.S.

Texas Ban on Local Fracking Restrictions Signed into Law

May 19, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The move ends months-long efforts by the oil industry and its supporters to curb local authority over oil and gas drilling.

Feds Propose Multi-Pronged Plan to Bolster Decline in Bees

May 19, 2015 9:49 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency will step up studies into the safety of widely used neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been temporarily banned in Europe.

Scientists: Chemicals Used to Clean Oil Spills Poorly Understood

May 18, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The infamous Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 prompted the release of dispersants both at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and at unprecedented sea depths.

Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Deal on Flame Retardant Ban

May 18, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Minnesota is one step closer to enacting the nation's strictest ban on fire retardant chemicals.

EPA: Waste Incinerator Released Dangerous Toxins Into Air

May 15, 2015 10:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The incinerator exposed those nearby to chemicals that can cause cancer, miscarriages and early death, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

US Says Hidden Gulf Oil Spill Could Last 100 Years

May 15, 2015 10:23 pm | by ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Taylor Energy Company, which owned the platform and a cluster of oil wells, has played down the extent and environmental impact of the leak.

Why Don't We Recycle Styrofoam?

May 14, 2015 5:19 pm | by CEN Online | Videos | Comments

In Speaking of Chemistry, host Sophia Cai explains that EPS actually can be recycled, but the prohibitive costs have prompted cities to ban the pesky product instead.

USGS Study Shows Wide Chemical Variation In Fracking Wastewater

May 14, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The USGS analysis of 13 fracking wells in Pennsylvania's shale gas fields found surprising variation in the wells' levels of organic compounds and microbes.

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