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ADM Settles EPA Allegations

July 30, 2014 4:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to settle allegations that it violated Clean Water Act rules at oil storage facilities in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.                        

Tri-State Coal Interests Rally Before Hearings

July 30, 2014 4:20 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2,000 union workers and others organized by the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio...

Clean Air Criticism Flies From Both Sides

July 29, 2014 4:30 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection...

Severstal Faces Emissions Fines

July 29, 2014 3:26 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135...

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Hundreds Line Up To Discuss EPA Carbon Rules

July 29, 2014 10:00 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people will tell the Environmental Protection Agency what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Denver.                                  

Closing The Largest Coal Plant In The West

July 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.

Industrial Fire Cleanup Could Take Months

July 28, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cleanup efforts continue at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota. The EPA On-Scene Coordinator said it would not surprise him if it took two months to clean up the site in Williston, though workers are hoping it will be quicker.

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Obama Sends Dirty Coal Abroad

July 28, 2014 10:20 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.              

Oil Company Sues Utah County Over Pipeline Rules

July 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas oil company is suing a Utah county over its new ordinances imposing restrictions on underground pipelines.                                        

What You Need To Know About Global Coal Trade

July 28, 2014 10:16 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

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

Countdown To GHS: From MSDS To SDS Format

July 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

With less than a year left in the countdown to GHS Hazard Communication Standard compliance, companies will soon be in the throes of converting from the MSDS format to the SDS format, if they aren't already. Chem.Info sat down with Paul Burgess, an expert on the Hazard Communication Standard, to talk about what chemical manufacturers need to consider now that the deadline is approaching.

The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Turning Non-Recycled Plastics Into Fuel

July 25, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Videos | Comments

By telling the story of what can happen to everyday plastics after we use them, this video was designed to help policymakers, regulators, waste management professionals and other thought leaders see the vast potential of used plastics -- to be reused in new products from recycling, or tapped as a source of domestic energy.

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Oil Train Derails In Seattle

July 24, 2014 2:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard, but it alarmed environmentalists.                                      

Air Quality Deemed Safe After Oil Supply Plant Fire

July 23, 2014 4:51 pm | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Air quality tests at the site of an industrial fire in Williston showed levels "that would not raise concern," according to North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair.                            

Flaws Found In Gas Drilling Regulation

July 22, 2014 4:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's state auditor general released a performance audit report saying the Department of Environmental Protection lacks a clear policy on the timeliness and frequency of inspections of the thousands of wells and does not routinely verify information the industry provides about waste disposal.

Opponents Petition To Halt Vermont Pipeline Construction

July 22, 2014 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont want construction halted while state regulators review a recent 40 percent increase in the project's cost estimate.                              

Lawsuit Expected After Tar Sands Oil Ban

July 22, 2014 4:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With a potential lawsuit targeting a decision to ban tar sands oil in South Portland, the governor's energy chief said that he hopes the state can eventually have a conversation about managing the flow of petroleum products rather than having it decided locally.

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Saltwater Spill Cleanup Could Take Years

July 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday.           

Maine City Vote Bans Tar Sands Oil

July 22, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any attempt to bring oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city.                 

Michigan Steel Plant Sued Over Emissions Permit

July 22, 2014 10:23 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.                   

Kentucky Coal Plant Plans Carbon Dioxide Project

July 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky elected officials and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy will visit a central Kentucky coal power plant to tout a project that will capture and store carbon dioxide emissions.                        

Lightning Threatens Fracking Water Disposal Sites

July 21, 2014 10:46 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame. 

Vote Set To Ban Tar Sands Oil In Maine

July 21, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The vote will take place on Monday night. The city's planning board voted 6-1 last week to recommend the council approve the proposal. Nearly 500 people attended the council's first vote on the subject.                     

Refinery Loses Legal Challenge Over Water Cleanup

July 21, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Pole refinery owner has lost its latest challenge in a long-running attempt to get a petroleum company to pay for groundwater contamination that contributed to the refinery's closure.                    

Train Collision Spills Thousands Of Gallons Of Diesel Oil

July 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.            

Duke Done Dredging Coal Ash

July 17, 2014 4:20 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River following a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant.                                        

Obama's Second-In-Command At EPA Resigns

July 17, 2014 4:17 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the resignation of Bob Perciasepe (pur-cha-SEP'-ee). He was appointed deputy administrator in 2009 as the Obama administration tapped the EPA to tackle pollution blamed for global warming.

CSB Finds Holes In Freedom Industry Tanks

July 17, 2014 10:37 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said.                      

New Gas Lines, Less Gas Leaks

July 17, 2014 10:25 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group.

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