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Alloy Plant Faces Quarter-Million Dollar Fine

September 3, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Special Metals' alloy plant in Huntington, WV could face $254,000 in city fines for alleged sewer and industrial waste discharge violations. The proposed fines include $200,000 for failing to address nine unspecified violations between 2003 and February 2013.

Federal Agency: Fracking Liquids Harmed Fish

August 29, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Fish and Wildlife Service says a spill of hydraulic fracturing fluids is believed to be the cause of a die-off of Blackside dace that lived in the Acorn Fork, a small creek in Knox County. 

Japan Regulator Urges Monitoring of Fukushima Sea

August 29, 2013 10:14 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulator said Thursday that it is largely unknown what impact radioactive water leaking from the country's wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean and the situation must be monitored more closely.   

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Avoiding Food Fraud

August 29, 2013 10:12 am | by Lori Leskin and Aaron Levine, Kaye Scholer | Articles | Comments

Do food manufacturers really know what goes into their products? That sounds like a simple question. However, recent news stories about horse meat found in beef products from reputable companies such as Burger King, Nestle and Ikea raise questions not just about whether consumers know what is in a product, but whether manufacturers themselves are aware that they contain adulterated ingredients.

Blaze Breaks Out at Site of Drilling Rig Accident

August 29, 2013 10:04 am | News | Comments

Nobody has been hurt in a fiery drilling rig accident in rural South Texas and efforts continue to put out the blaze. The Lavaca County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Wednesday night between Shiner and Yoakum. The area is about 80 miles east of San Antonio.

Sheen Seen on River Near Delaware City Refinery

August 29, 2013 8:14 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental officials on Wednesday were investigating an oil spill at a refinery that left a sheen floating on the Delaware River. The refinery in Delaware City, operated by PBF Energy, reported the release about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Regulators Discuss Future of Neb. Nuclear Plant

August 29, 2013 8:08 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The idle Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is loaded with fuel for the first time in more than two years, and utility officials say it will operate safely if regulators allow it to restart. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they haven't decided whether to allow the plant to restart.

Fukushima Crisis New Blow to Fishermen's Hopes

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the last 2 ½ years, fishermen from the port of Yotsukura near the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant have been mostly stuck on land with little to do but catch fish for radiation testing. There is no commercial fishing along most of the Fukushima coast.

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Fonterra Resumes Operations in Sri Lanka

August 28, 2013 9:26 am | by BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Zealand diary giant Fonterra said Wednesday that it has resumed operations in Sri Lanka after temporarily closing its plant out of concern for the safety of its staff amid protests near Fonterra's office, accusing the company of selling tainted milk.

Most W.Va. Gas Line Explosion Lawsuits Settled

August 28, 2013 9:22 am | News | Comments

The companies that own a gas pipeline that exploded near Charleston in December have settled all but one of the lawsuits filed by residents who were impacted by the blast. Details of the settlements are confidential, but Warner said the plaintiffs were "pleased with the results."

Japan: Nuke Plant Operator Found Leak Too Slowly

August 28, 2013 9:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier.

Vermont Yankee Fight Brewing: Dismantling Reactor

August 28, 2013 9:13 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is closing is bringing cheers from nuclear critics and anguish from the plant's defenders, while already a new fight is brewing over how long its owners should be given to dismantle the reactor.

Miss. Nuclear Waste Plan Sparks Early Opposition

August 27, 2013 10:08 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Energy Institute is pushing for more exploration of storing and reprocessing used nuclear fuel in the state at the same time that one of the its congressmen is coming out against it. Leaders of the institute, which promotes energy development, pitched ideas Monday to the state Senate Economic Development Committee.

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Internal Probe: No Fraud at BP Claims Center in AL

August 27, 2013 10:06 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala., claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud.

Md. Withdraws Emergency Status of Fertilizer Rules

August 27, 2013 10:01 am | by BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maryland's Agriculture Department on Monday withdrew a request to accelerate implementation of proposed regulations aimed at reducing pollution from fertilizer in the Chesapeake Bay after critics said the state was moving too fast.  

NJ Nuclear Reactor Back Up After Leak Repaired

August 26, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

A nuclear reactor in southern New Jersey resumed operations Saturday after crews repaired a leak in the containment building that was discovered two days earlier. Regulators say the spill was confined to the containment building, and there was never a threat to the public or workers.

Japan Official Vows Help in Resolving Nuke Crisis

August 26, 2013 10:59 am | by KOJI UEDA & MIKI TODA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's industry minister pledged urgent government action Monday to curb leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. He said lax maintenance by the plant's operator was largely to blame for the series of leaks from storage tanks at the plant.

Fracking Health Project Puts Numbers to Debate

August 26, 2013 10:04 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim.

Comments Pan Ocean Gas Terminal Planned for NJ, NY

August 23, 2013 10:12 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the deadline for comments on a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal called Port Ambrose off the New Jersey and New York coasts was ending Thursday night, public comments on the proposal were running 1,000-to-1 against the plan.  

3 Prosecutors Ask Out of Ex-BP Engineer's Case

August 23, 2013 10:03 am | News | Comments

In a move credited to a "staffing adjustment," three Justice Department prosecutors have asked to withdraw from the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Radioactive Groundwater Under Fukushima Nears Sea

August 23, 2013 9:57 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant's reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea. 

Water Leaks May Become New Japan Nuclear Disaster

August 22, 2013 8:51 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated, radioactive water from storage tanks.

Japan Nuke Watchdog May Raise Leak to 'Serious'

August 21, 2013 9:36 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from "an anomaly" to a "serious incident."

Sugar Company Fined for Water Quality Violation

August 20, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency say the Amalgamated Sugar Co. has agreed to pay $7,500 for violating the Clean Water Act at its facility in Pau, Idaho. The EPA announced the enforcement action Monday.   

Radioactive Water Leaks at Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel.

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