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Closed Aluminum Plant A Likely Superfund Site

April 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pollution at the closed Columbia Falls aluminum plant qualifies it as a Superfund site, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants the public's support before moving with the cleanup process.                        

WV Expands Tourism Campaign After Chemical Spill

April 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from...

Crews Find Radiation Leak Location

April 18, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste...

ND May Challenge New Coal Emission Standards

April 17, 2014 10:18 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday signaled a potential legal challenge to proposed...

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FEMA & WV To Cover Chemical Spill Cleanup Costs

April 17, 2014 10:13 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Public agencies and nonprofits that helped after a Jan. 9 chemical leak into the water supply could receive $2 million in reimbursements for their emergency work, a West Virginia homeland security official said.                        

NC Governor Proposes New Coal Ash Plan

April 17, 2014 10:09 am | by GARY D. ROBERTSON, MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

NY Updates Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 16, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.                                             

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Sen. Manchin Urges Mines To Push Back On Emission Standards

April 16, 2014 10:38 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Speaking to the National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Sen. Joe Manchin said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not being reasonable in proposing that future coal plants reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing carbon.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, announces the results of a multi-year project called Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) that tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for a biological inci

Senate Wants States Managing Carbon Emissions

April 16, 2014 10:26 am | by LAUREN LANGLOIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana could have its own, less stringent plan for implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon dioxide emissions, under a proposal that got the approval Tuesday of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.             

Federal Court Upholds EPA Emissions Standards

April 16, 2014 10:19 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                

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

Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 16, 2014 6:27 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety function – it might be a part-time role, full-time, outsourced, or part of line level employee responsibilities. Unfortunately, despite their critical role, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s IT network, making them costly, time-consuming and inefficient.

Georgia Factory Accused Of Polluting Altamaha River

April 15, 2014 10:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of discharging colored waste and odors in the Altamaha River.                                                

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Restoring The Ohio Oil Leak Site

April 15, 2014 10:07 am | by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews worked for the fourth week to clean oil that leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve near Cincinnati as officials began to focus on restoration of the affected area.                      

No Sign Of Radiation In Nuclear Dump Water

April 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.                         

Benzene Taints Water Supply

April 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities have cut water supplies to a district in a northwestern city after excessive levels of a toxic chemical were found in tap water.                           

The Heat Is On Sriracha

April 11, 2014 10:18 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city will.                     

Questions Remain 4 Years After Deepwater Horizon

April 11, 2014 10:12 am | by KEVIN MCGILL, STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands are considering claims under a medical settlement BP reached with cleanup workers and coastal residents. The settlement, which could benefit an estimated 200,000 people, received final approval in February from a federal court.  

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Farmers Weigh The Risks Of Fracking

April 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Al Jazeera English | Videos | Comments

In Ireland, where the agricultural focus has shifted to Irish-grown, organic food, farmers are struggling with whether the potential environmental dangers of fracking outweigh the energy benefits.                                        

CA City Declares Sriracha Maker A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall. Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.

WY Finalizes Plans To Plug Orphan Wells

April 9, 2014 11:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say they've finalized plans to begin plugging some of the Powder River Basin's hundreds of abandoned coal-bed methane wells in the weeks ahead, a big job that could get a lot bigger depending on the outcome of a company's bankruptcy.

PA Coke Plant To Pay $300K Fine

April 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pittsburgh-area coke plant has agreed to upgrade its pollution control equipment and pay a $300,000 fine.                                       

New Fracking Book Illuminates Pros And Cons

April 9, 2014 11:21 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

In "The Boom," Russell Gold brings new clarity to a subject awash in hype from all sides.                                                     

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.

Regulators Side With Duke Energy In Appeal

April 9, 2014 11:11 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                          

Health Dept. Joins WV Chemical Spill Lawsuit

April 9, 2014 11:07 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans to join the city of Charleston in suing over a spill that contaminated 300,000 West Virginians' water supply.                                               

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

Q&A: Benefits Of Sulfur Recovery

April 9, 2014 5:41 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

If not removed, sulfur remains in natural gas and refined petroleum products and when burned the sulfur compounds are emitted into the environment as sulfur dioxide, a precursor to acid rain. Gas and oil producers, processors and refiners use sulfur recovery units to reduce emissions and to ensure regulatory compliance.

U.S. Sailors Sue Japanese Utility Over Radiation

April 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.

"Poison Spring" Details Dirty EPA History

April 8, 2014 10:34 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

E.G. Vallianatos' complaints about the heavy influence that large corporations wield over the U.S. government and environmental policy won't be news to anyone. What is surprising and depressing in "Poison Spring," however, is when that influence began, especially over the regulation of pesticides.

The federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at th

No Further Contamination In Nuclear Dump

April 7, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews investigating a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned up no contamination during a second trip farther into the half-mile-deep repository.

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 President "Bears No Fault"

April 7, 2014 10:22 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of Freedom Industries "bears no fault" for a West Virginia chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban for up to 10 days for 300,000 people, his lawyer says in a court filing.                

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