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Colombia's Health Ministry Seeks to Halt Coca Spraying

April 28, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ministry on Monday based its decision on the reclassification last month of glyphosate as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization's research arm.

Oil Spill Threatens Spain's Canary Islands

April 27, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenpeace has called on Spain's government to dedicate more resources to cleaning up an oil...

Louisiana Chemical Industry Hits Its Stride

April 24, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The head of Louisiana's chemical industry trade group believes the state's chemical production...

Study: Soy Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

April 24, 2015 4:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers found that soy lecithin — which is included in a wide array of food products as a...

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US Announces Plans to Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

April 24, 2015 9:24 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press | News | Comments

The efforts aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance.

Officials Seek Answers After Chemical Spill in Ohio

April 23, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Local officials are seeking answers after a chemical spill at an injection well facility threatened a northeast Ohio township's water supply.

Popular Pesticide Hurts Wild Bees in Major Field Study

April 22, 2015 4:15 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

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Exxon Mobil Firms to Pay Nearly $5M For Arkansas Oil Spill

April 22, 2015 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties for a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community.

The Most Expensive Regulation In Manufacturing History

April 21, 2015 11:58 am | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that states the ozone regulation under consideration by the EPA could cost manufacturing and the total U.S. economy $140 billion per year.

Behind The Lens of 5 Iconic AP Photos of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Coverage of the BP oil spill back in 2010 began as a sprint, trying to find out who had been hurt in the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and how bad the leak might get. It turned into a marathon as at least 134 million gallons of crude spewed from the well over 87 days.

Secrecy Shrouds Decade-old Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

April 17, 2015 10:35 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and JEFF DONN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade.

Officials Find Dozens Of Chemicals In Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 5:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the state's Department of Environmental Quality collected water samples from 177 rivers, streams and estuaries, then tested for the presence of more than 500 chemicals ranging from industrial compounds and pesticides to banned substances and consumer products.  

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The Gulf Oil Spill Disintegrated This Island

April 16, 2015 4:54 pm | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

Cat Island was once one of the four largest bird-nesting grounds in Louisiana. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed the mangroves growing there, destroying the root system that held the island's sediment in place.

Arizona Puts an End to Local Bans on Plastic Bags

April 16, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bill also bans local governments from requiring businesses to disclose their energy consumption.

Climate Change Plan Faces High-Profile Legal Test

April 16, 2015 10:24 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.

Dirty Deeds: $500 Reward Issued in Maine Diaper Dumper Case

April 16, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In addition to the waste, the diapers contain chemicals that could be harmful to fish and wildlife.

Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 4:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking.

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Health Advocates, Agribusiness Continue to Spar Over Weed Killer

April 15, 2015 4:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Officials long considered glyphosate to be safer than most other pesticide options, and the recent WHO classification places the chemical in the same category of concern as working overnight shifts or at a hair salon.

Regulators Increase Distance Needed Between Homes, Drilling

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Petroleum Association of Wyoming supported 500 feet as an acceptable distance, even though the increase could limit options for locating wells.

House OKs Bill to Increase Tax on Oil Shipped Through State

April 15, 2015 9:38 am | by DERRICK NUNNALLY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state House on Tuesday passed its version of a bill to impose new safety regulations on the increasing amount of oil that is shipped through Washington by rail, boat and pipeline.

Revisit The BP Oil Spill, 5 Years Later

April 14, 2015 3:44 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Remnants remain five years after a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people.

The State Of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 11:22 am | by Industrial Maintenance And Plant Operations | News | Comments

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.

Audit Finds Problems in Pipe Oversight After Deadly Blast

April 14, 2015 11:04 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

Texas Residents Worried Dioxin Could be Causing Cancer Cluster

April 14, 2015 9:49 am | by SUSAN CARROLL, Houston Chronicle | Articles | Comments

A cancer cluster investigation had found elevations of childhood eye and brain stem cancer of a "sufficient magnitude to warrant further investigation," a lead epidemiologist wrote.

2nd Major Gas Pipeline Would Link Pennsylvania, Northeast

April 13, 2015 11:28 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction workers in economically distressed southern New York are ecstatic about the job possibilities, but landowners who have been fighting the first pipeline for three years are dismayed at the prospect of going through the whole process a second time.

Pics of The Day: Oil Spill in Vancouver

April 10, 2015 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil spill in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday has unleashed toxic sludge into the English Bay.

European Regulators Find Few Violations of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 5:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

Pipeline That Leaked Into Montana River Was Split at Weld

April 9, 2015 4:48 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of oil had been split at the site of an exposed weld where the line crosses beneath the Yellowstone River, officials said, prompting a warning for pipeline companies nationwide to take precautions against flooding.

Scientists Seek Source of Giant Methane Mass Over Southwest

April 9, 2015 11:17 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.

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