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EPA Criticized For Muzzling Advisors

August 12, 2014 4:12 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officials.    

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Cargill Settles Midwestern EPA Dispute

August 12, 2014 4:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. has agreed to pay more than $187,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act at large oil storage facilities in Iowa and Nebraska.                             

A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Getting Big Brother's Priorities Straight

August 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of your political leanings, it's hard to put a positive spin on the news that the government has failed to follow through with terror prevention inspections at high-risk chemical facilities. This revelation combined with recent EPA over-reaching calls into question what our government is really doing to protect American industry. 

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Mine Spills 10 Million Gallons Of Acid Into River

August 12, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.                     

Oyster Harvest Still Feels The BP Pain

August 12, 2014 10:36 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

BP plans to create a separate, more competitive business to manage its onshore oil and gas assets, including its shale operations, in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.

Trial Set For Ex-BP Exec

August 12, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                            

Indianapolis Fears Coal Ash Contamination

August 11, 2014 4:32 pm | by CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental, health and neighborhood groups on Monday called on Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons they fear may be contaminating wells that supply water to residents on the city's south side.       

Drilling Firm Challenges Waste Ordinance

August 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A gas and oil drilling company has sued a western Pennsylvania township, claiming that an ordinance passed to ban the disposal of drilling byproducts like fracking fluids and briny water is illegal and trumped by state and federal law.

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$1.5 Wastewater Violation Still Unpaid In North Dakota

August 11, 2014 10:53 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's been two years since state regulators touted a record $1.5 million fine against a company for illegally dumping 20,000 barrels of toxic liquid and threatening drinking water supplies near a large western North Dakota city, and little has changed. The now-dissolved company is under federal investigation, the penalty is unpaid and the affected site is still contaminated.

Claims Grow Against WV Spill Company

August 11, 2014 10:51 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charleston-based Freedom Industries can expect about 5,000 groups to ask for money in bankruptcy claims over the spill, said the case's claims agent, James Lane.                          

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

EPA Regulations And American Manufacturing

August 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

The EPA, as well-intentioned as it may be, is often met with staunch opposition from the industrial sector and the political right. Backing the EPA, more frequently than not, are environmentalist and the left. But who’s right, and is there a clear winner? 

WV Chemical Spill Cost: $11M

August 8, 2014 3:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A West Virginia water supplier has taken an $11 million hit to address a January chemical spill that tainted 300,000 people's tap water.                                  

EPA To Hold Public Pebble Mine Meetings

August 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting public meetings in Alaska on proposed restrictions for development of the Pebble Mine.                                    

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Green Can Mean Clean

August 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Eastman ChemCo | Videos | Comments

Eastman Omnia high-performance solvent proves it’s possible to have a product that’s both “green” and highly effective at removing tough soils. This solvent, which meets CARB’s LVP-VOC criteria, is changing the chemistry of clean through its winning combination of exceptional human and environmental safety, strong performance, and value through its versatility.

NRG Closing Illinois Coal Plant

August 7, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has announced plans to close one Illinois coal-fired generating unit in Romeoville and convert a facility in Joliet to natural gas to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The company says the move will eliminate 250 jobs. 

A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

WV Seeks $1.8M From Freedom Industries After Spill

August 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                         

WTO Upholds Rare Earth Ruling Against China

August 7, 2014 3:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.

No Leaks Found In Pavillion Gas Wells

August 7, 2014 9:28 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A draft state report released Wednesday on a possible explanation why well water in a central Wyoming gas field smells foul and tastes bad points away from leaky gas wells as a source of the problem.                

Environmental Groups Cut Ties With The Center For Sustainable Shale Development

August 6, 2014 3:35 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another environmental group has distanced itself from the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a hotly-debated partnership of major energy companies, green groups and foundations.                     

Coal Ash Victim Settlement Approved

August 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has approved an agreement by the nation's largest public utility to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.              

EPA Emission Hearings Begin In Maine

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's New England chief is attending a public hearing to get feedback on the first-ever federal standards for power plants.                          

New West Blast Bill Would Delay Regulations

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.  

Eerie Water Crisis Far From Over

August 5, 2014 3:49 pm | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The threat of toxins contaminating water supplies along western Lake Erie is far from over even after Ohio's fourth-largest city declared its water safe again. The chances of another water emergency over the next few months will depend a lot the winds, rains and temperatures that dictate how large the algae grow and where algae blooms end up.

Residents Call For Refinery Emission Restrictions

August 5, 2014 3:44 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents living near oil refineries and environmental activists are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt stricter emissions standards to reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.                    

Tainted Lake Water Still Under Scrutiny

August 5, 2014 9:58 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor is promising an extensive review of how the water supply for 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan became tainted with a toxin over the weekend while a high-ranking state lawmaker is planning hearings on the blooms of algae fouling Lake Erie.                 

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