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New Environmental Rules Will Raise Electricity Costs

October 20, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of electricity would increase substantially and service reliability could be significantly affected under proposed federal environmental rules, the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission said in comments filed this week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week.

Power Plants Lead In Greenhouse Gas Pollution

October 20, 2014 10:55 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of...

North Dakota Well Leaking Oil, Gas & Water

October 20, 2014 10:37 am | by JOSH WOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers are attempting to contain an out-of-control oil well in North Dakota, authorities said...

Abandoned Mines Spill Sludge

October 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A popular tourist attraction in southern Arizona is at risk of being contaminated with orange...

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Minnesota Opens $28M Wastewater Plant

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

Officials in northeastern Minnesota are celebrating the opening of a $28 million wastewater treatment plant.                                                             

EPA's Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

October 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

Although carefully drafted to always reference emission reductions from power plants, since the EPA does not have the legal authority under this rule to directly regulate emissions from other sources, the new rule actually provides a pathway for states to regulate other industries and facilities through their climate change plans. 

A Unique Approach To Monitoring Fracking Groundwater

October 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research project is taking a groundbreaking approach to monitoring groundwater resources near fracking sites in Ohio.                                       

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A Global Natural Gas Boom Won't Slow Climate Change

October 15, 2014 2:50 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term.

Treasury Clears Way For Oil Spill Recovery Grants

October 15, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill.                    

IL Fracking Rule Vote Postponed Until November

October 14, 2014 5:11 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment.                         

Balancing Renewable Energy Costs

October 14, 2014 10:44 am | by European Physical Journal Plus | News | Comments

In a new study scientists have come up with an open source simulation method to calculate the actual cost of relying on a combination of electricity sources.                                

Landfill Rejects Ebola Ash

October 14, 2014 10:25 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Louisiana waste disposal site says it won't accept the ashes generated when a Texas Ebola victim's belongings from his apartment were incinerated and a judge has signed an order temporarily blocking the disposal in the state.                               

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Illinois Suggests New Power Plant Laws

October 14, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders in a northern Illinois village struggling with controversy over a proposed power plant are asking state lawmakers to revamp the process developers must go through before making an offer to municipal leaders.                                         

Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as the data begins to show that plastic might not be as bad as you'd think...

EPA Head Lauds Community Investments In Mitigation

October 9, 2014 5:26 pm | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The millions of dollars invested by communities like Miami Beach in climate change adaptation need the backup of long-term national policies like the president's plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

Georgia Lawmakers Consider New Power Rules

October 9, 2014 5:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia lawmakers heard contrasting views Thursday on how the state could meet proposed rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants.                              

Ad Campaign To Bolster Fracking

October 9, 2014 10:23 am | by Big Market Research | News | Comments

Shale drillers must overcome image issues and endeavors to raise charges in the event that they need to grab a chance to make Pennsylvania a long term energy center, analyst and administrators stated.                             

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Lego Scraps Shell After Arctic Protest

October 9, 2014 10:19 am | by JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish toy maker Lego said Thursday it won't renew a deal allowing Shell to hand out Lego sets at its gas stations in some 30 countries, following a viral campaign protesting Arctic drilling.                                   

Leader Of Toledo's Water Treatment Plant Resigns

October 8, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The official put in charge of Toledo's troubled water treatment plant after toxins contaminated the city's drinking water has resigned after less than two months on the job.                                   

Groups Challenge EPA Decision On Navajo Coal Plant

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

Conservation groups say a federal rule to cut haze-causing nitrogen oxide emissions at a northern Arizona coal plant is too lenient.                                         

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

Judge Dismisses Nebraska Lawsuit Against EPA

October 7, 2014 5:24 pm | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge dismissed Nebraska's lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas standards for new power plants, saying the lawsuit "jumped the gun."                             

Chemical Depot Cleanup Down To The Final Paperwork

October 7, 2014 5:22 pm | by ANNETTE CARY, Tri-City Herald | News | Comments

All that's left of the contaminated plant that destroyed some of the nation's deadliest nerve and chemical agents is some paperwork.                                        

Gas Driller Fined $4.5M For Waste Pit Leak

October 7, 2014 5:17 pm | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are pursuing a record $4.5 million fine against a gas driller over what they describe as a major case of pollution from a leaking waste pit.                                     

Chesapeake Cleanup Would Bring $22B Boon

October 7, 2014 10:37 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chesapeake Bay region would reap an additional $22.5 billion a year from improved hurricane protection, crab and fish production and climate stability if the Obama administration's contested plan to clean up the watershed proceeds, an environmental group says.                       

Coal Union To Rally Outside EPA Headquarters

October 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is organizing a rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.                                                   

Vegas Poised To Receive EPA Clean-Air Designation

October 6, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 21-year push to limit dust pollution in and around Las Vegas has the federal Environmental Protection Agency poised to give the region a clean bill of health.                         

Chemical Spill Boosts Neighboring Town's Revenue

October 6, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Albans got a tax revenue boost from the January chemical spill as thousands of people came to the city to buy groceries and eat in restaurants.                                        

Sioux Falls Landfill Opposes Proposed Methane Rule

October 6, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Dakota landfill that was considered ahead of the curve five years ago when it installed a system to capture gas given off by decomposing trash and turn it into energy now opposes proposed federal regulations that would require large landfills to control methane gas emissions.

$627M In Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Projects Approved

October 6, 2014 10:12 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials approved plans Friday to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are fuming that $58 million will go to an Alabama beachfront hotel they say will hurt rather than help the Gulf.

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