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Sediment Clogs Wild Natural Gas Well in the Gulf

July 25, 2013 11:18 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY & KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe, regulators said Thursday. The well "bridged over," the line blocked by sand and sediment that filled in the area being drilled.

Court Petition Seeks EPA Action on Pesticide Drift

July 25, 2013 11:14 am | News | Comments

Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities. Pesticide Action Network, the United Farmworkers of America and other groups filed the petition Wednesday in San Francisco federal court.

Fuel Removed from Shuttered San Onofre Reactor

July 25, 2013 11:12 am | News | Comments

Workers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant have finished removing highly radioactive fuel from its Unit 2 reactor, marking a milestone as the plant fades into early retirement. Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International, announced last month it was closing the twin-reactor plant.

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Generator Flaw Shuts Down Western NY Nuclear Plant

July 25, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a generator fault caused a western New York nuclear plant to automatically shut down as a safety precaution. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman said the plant's reactor was stopped by control rods just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

DOE: Fracking Chemicals Didn't Contaminate Water

July 25, 2013 10:25 am | by WDTV | Videos | Comments

A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Energy and based on a year of monitoring reports no evidence to support claims that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing operations have contaminated drinking water aquifers in western Pennsylvania.

Mobile Ductless Fume Hood

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science USA’s mobile ductless fume hood is totally self-contained and provides all-around visibility. The unit is easily moved from laboratory to laboratory, and allows for easy installation.

Fire Breaks Out on Evacuated Gulf Gas Well

July 24, 2013 10:16 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast caught fire late Tuesday, hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated from the drilling rig following a mid-morning blowout, a federal agency confirmed. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Salsa Recalled After Glass Pieces Found in Jars

July 24, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

Olam Tomato Processors Inc. announced the recall Tuesday of its Mild Chunky Salsa with best-by dates of June 2015 and October 2015, and Medium Chunky Salsa with a best by date of July 2015 after large glass pieces were found in some jars.

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Congresswoman Seeks to Block Fracking Funding in Inglewood Oil Field

July 24, 2013 9:26 am | by Rep. Karen Bass | Videos | Comments

Rep. Karen Bass introduced an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014 that calls for no federal funds to be used to implement, administer or enforce fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field for the coming fiscal year.

Nuclear Plant Likely Leaking Radioactive Water into Sea

July 22, 2013 10:13 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. The delayed announcement underscores the criticisms the company has faced over the Fukushima crisis.

Pemex Pipe Explodes in Central Mexico, 7 Injured

July 22, 2013 10:09 am | News | Comments

A pipeline explosion Sunday that injured seven people and sent flames and smoke shooting hundreds of feet into the air in central Mexico was caused by illegal tapping, Mexico's state-owned oil company said. The pre-dawn explosion in a farm field injured four police officers and three firefighters.

Fire Damages Pa. Chemical Plant

July 22, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

A fire has damaged a chemical plant in central Pennsylvania, but officials say the blaze posed no risk to the nearby community. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports the fire broke out Sunday morning at the Lonza Inc. plant in Williamsport.

TEPCO Sees Steam But No Crisis at Nuclear Plant

July 18, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Steam or vapors appeared to be coming from a damaged reactor building at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Thursday, but the plant operator said radiation levels were steady. The video images showed a small amount of vapor or steam, but the origin wasn't clear.

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Fertilizer Industry Grows Despite Safety Concerns

July 18, 2013 10:00 am | by DAVID MERCER & RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

New fertilizer plants promise thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds of full-time spots once they're up and running. And most of them would go in small, rural towns where economic development isn't easy. But the wave of potential expansion comes with concerns.

LED Blasting Light

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Larson Electronics' high performance LED blasting light is designed to provide high output from a small form factor and is easily attached to metallic surfaces.

Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Product

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Earthecco’s environmentally-friendly cleaning product is taking a green approach to cleaning at the industrial level, and is formulated from all-natural plant extracts, reducing the need for harmful and toxic chemicals in various industries and for the home user.

Judge Fines Ky. Mine Over Hazardous Conditions

July 17, 2013 4:58 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge has imposed a $150,000 fine against an eastern Kentucky coal mine where a worker was killed two years ago in a roof fall. Manalapan Mining Co. has also received three years of probation along with the fine for allowing miners to work in hazardous conditions.

Regulators: SW Mich. Nuke Plant Had More Leaks

July 17, 2013 4:54 pm | News | Comments

Regulators say southwestern Michigan's Palisades Nuclear Power Plant has had two leaks since shutting down in May to repair a leaking water storage tank. Jack Geissner, a commission branch chief, said Tuesday the most recent leak occurred last Wednesday in a pipe in the service water system.

Cleanup of 2006 ND Saltwater Spill Still Ongoing

July 17, 2013 4:48 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's been called the worst environmental disaster in state history: A broken pipeline belched more than a million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek, aquifer and pond. Yet nearly eight years later, cleanup efforts are ongoing — with no end in sight, state health officials say.

BP Seeks Halt to Gulf Spill Settlement Payouts

July 17, 2013 9:46 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP asked a federal judge on Tuesday to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.

Calif. Seeks Record Fine in Pipeline Explosion

July 17, 2013 9:42 am | by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.

Engineer at Center of Train Derailment Speaks Out

July 17, 2013 9:37 am | News | Comments

The engineer who parked the oil train that rolled away, derailed and exploded in the center of a Quebec town was heard from Tuesday for the first time since the July 6 disaster that killed 50 people, with his lawyer saying he is "devastated."

W. Pa. Coal Mine Suspends Production

July 16, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

A western Pennsylvania coal mine has temporarily suspended production due to underground conditions. Alpha Natural Resources says in a Monday release that production has stopped at its Cumberland mine in Waynesburg. That's about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.

BP Sets Up Anti-Fraud Hotline for Spill Claims

July 16, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company has argued that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money to businesses with inflated or fictitious claims.

Upgrade of Nuclear Plant $267M Over Budget

July 16, 2013 9:47 am | News | Comments

Xcel Energy is about to restart its oldest nuclear plant after a four-month shutdown for improvements that ran $267 million over budget. The Star Tribune reported that Xcel's Monticello Nuclear Power Plant would restart this week after aging pumps and other equipment were replaced.

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