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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.               

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"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.                

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.

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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.

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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.

Alabama To Take Legal Action Against The EPA Ruling

June 6, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he may take legal action to challenge the Obama administration's latest ruling on power plant emissions.                         

Safety Board Faults Key Device In BP Oil Spill

June 6, 2014 10:09 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concluded that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.                           

Idaho Residents Concerned About Plant Odors

June 6, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Burley City Council in south-central Idaho has approved sending a letter to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality detailing its concerns about foul emissions from a vegetable-dehydration plant.                  

A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates that up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.

North Carolina Firms Up Coal Ash Cleanup Deadlines

June 6, 2014 9:56 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina lawmakers want to add firm deadlines to legislation aimed at stopping pollution leaking from Duke Energy's unlined coal ash dumps.                                    

Cleaning The Air With Roof Tiles

June 5, 2014 10:26 am | by University of California Riverside | News | Comments

A team of University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering students created a roof tile coating that when applied to an average-sized residential roof breaks down the same amount of smog-causing nitrogen oxides per year as a car driven 11,000 miles.          

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.

Freedom Industries Denied Fees

June 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge won't let the West Virginia company at the center of a January chemical spill reimburse its legal team for sending multiple lawyers to hearings or for travel costs.                      

Fracking Chemicals Under Review In Virginia

June 5, 2014 10:16 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The advisory panel grappled with the question of how much energy companies should be required to disclose about the chemicals they inject at high pressure into shale and rock formations to dislodge gas and oil. Chemical disclosure varies widely from state to state.

Minnesota Oil Spill Still Aids In Research

June 5, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The site of one of the largest crude oil pipeline spills in Minnesota is still producing significant discoveries for researchers three decades later.                                     

BP Must Pay Clean Water Act Fines

June 5, 2014 10:07 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.                        

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