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Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants

March 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Karl Ritter & Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press | News | Comments

In December Japan counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance.

Feds Say Monsanto Released Dangerous Chemicals at Idaho Plant

March 26, 2015 2:47 pm | by Keith Ridler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Corporation has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for hundreds of uncontrolled releases...

Lawmakers Unhappy with New Fracking Rules

March 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Kevin Freking, AP | News | Comments

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have...

Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 24, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from Michigan State University reported electric vehicles only emit...

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Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Starlings in Nevada

March 24, 2015 3:33 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

Worker Safety Still Plagues US Oil Refineries

March 23, 2015 5:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Worker fatalities at U.S. oil refineries between 2005 and 2015 nearly matched the total from the previous decade despite safety recommendations made in the aftermath of a 2005 accident.

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 23, 2015 5:34 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill Monday that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

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California First to Feel Hydro-Power Crunch of Drought

March 23, 2015 5:31 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite the state's ambitious clean-air goals, officials are turning to dirtier, more costly fossil-fuel plants to fill some of the power gap.

Train Derailments in Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Texas, the cars derailed Saturday evening near Valley Mills, a town about 25 miles northwest of Waco. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said that about four homes were evacuated.

Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Industry groups hammered the proposal; the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance filed a federal lawsuit in Wyoming in hopes of blocking the rules.

Regulators Seek Information From Company on Mine Proposal

March 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana regulators won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application, the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Popular Weed Killer Deemed "Probable Carcinogen" by UN

March 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The new classification is aimed mainly at industrial use of glyphosate. Its use by home gardeners is not considered a risk.

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Environmental Group Sues Dominion Over Coal Ash Ponds

March 20, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion Virginia Power is being sued by an environmental group that says a coal ash pond at a former power plant is polluting groundwater.

Obama to Order Gov't to Cut Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 19, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House.

More States Looking to Ban Microbeads

March 17, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The wide range of soaps and skin care products containing the pellets, called microbeads, sparked fears among researchers and environmental advocates about their effect on the water supply.

Canada Safety Board Says Tank Car Standards Needed Sooner

March 17, 2015 5:04 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

"While the proposed standards look promising, the TSB has concerns about the implementation timeline," the Transportation Safety Board said in a statement.

Fight Over Keystone XL Doesn't Stall Pipeline Boom

March 17, 2015 11:36 am | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new line that connects the state's sprawling oilfields to an oil hub in Wyoming.

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2 Former Freedom Owners Plead Guilty in Chemical Spill Case

March 16, 2015 4:33 pm | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Each faces up to a year in prison when sentenced June 22. They also face fines of $25,000 per day per violation, or $100,000 — whichever is greater.

House to Vote on 'Secret Science' Bill

March 16, 2015 4:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on bills that would overhaul the standards for research cited by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scientists Develop New Carbon Capture Technology

March 16, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to a report in the journal Nature, Berkeley researchers modified metal composites with nitrogen compounds called diamines. The resulting molecule can bind with carbon dioxide at varying temperatures and without the presence of water.

2 Former Freedom Owners Set For Plea Hearings in Spill Case

March 16, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The January 2014 spill contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days.

Court: Chemical Safety Board Can Investigate Offshore Spills

March 13, 2015 4:41 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal appeals court has again found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has the authority to investigate offshore oil spills.

Study: Carbon Emissions Stabilize Despite Growing Economy

March 13, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global energy emissions stayed stable last year even though the economy grew, according to data released Friday that could boost chances for a landmark climate accord later this year.

W.Va. Governor Signs prevailing Wage, Coal Mining Bills

March 13, 2015 2:32 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed bills Thursday that scale back the state's prevailing wage and cut safety and environmental rules for coal mining.

Oil Shipments to Resume in Pipeline That Broke Under River

March 12, 2015 11:37 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A Wyoming company is preparing to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River, even as most of the spilled oil remains unrecovered.

Pipeline Foes Appeal to Nebraska Lawmakers in Testy Hearing

March 12, 2015 11:21 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 60 landowners and activists rallied at the state Capitol in Lincoln as pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. defended its use of eminent domain to gain access to property owned by holdouts.

California Battery Recycler to Close in Deal With Feds

March 12, 2015 9:45 am | by Los Angeles Times | News | Comments

A Los Angeles County battery recycler at the center of a long public fight over its toxic output has agreed to shutter its plant.

Canada to Propose Tougher Oil Tank Car Standards

March 12, 2015 9:32 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal, posted online Wednesday by Transport Canada, would require the cars to have outer "jackets," a layer of thermal protection, and thicker steel walls.

Chemical Regulations Act Gets a Major Reboot — But Not Everyone is Applauding

March 11, 2015 5:17 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The intent is to improve consumer safety with updated laws and regulations of toxic chemicals, and on face value, the bill seems to accomplish just that. But not everyone agrees on whether the provisions go far enough.

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