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MT Supreme Court Takes Up Coal Tax Dispute

November 25, 2014 1:04 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana tax authorities were expected to argue Tuesday before the state Supreme Court that a Wyoming mining company owes $3.4 million for selling coal to affiliated companies at less-than-market prices. State officials say Cloud Peak Energy company undervalued the coal it sold to two affiliates...

EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

November 24, 2014 4:53 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion...

Ford's New F-150 To Get 26 MPG

November 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford said that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making...

EPA Says Farmington Plant Violated Law

November 24, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmington, NM officials are disputing the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that a local...

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Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year

November 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year. The American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate...

Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In a blog from September, “NFL Team Takes A Stand On Sustainable Food Manufacturing,” I cited an October 2014 report on sustainable manufacturing. The report, entitled “Success Paths to Sustainable Manufacturing,” is authored by Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental...

EPA Delays Decision On Ethanol In Gas

November 21, 2014 1:55 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time, acknowledging that a biofuel law that both...

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Can Low Oil Prices Be Good For The Environment?

November 21, 2014 10:30 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren't so bad for the environment after all. The global price of oil has plummeted 31 percent in just five months, a steep...

PA Senator: Obama Climate Change Plan Unfair

November 20, 2014 3:33 pm | by Hope Yen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's Democratic senator is criticizing President Barack Obama's proposed climate change rules, urging revisions to a plan that he says imposes unfair costs and burdens on the state. In a 22-page letter sent Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Bob Casey makes clear he supports broad goals of combating global warming and agrees...

EPA Approves 2 Permits For TX Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas. The EPA on Wednesday announced the permits for M&G Resins USA for a facility in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi...

General Mills CEO: Water Conservation Is Critical

November 20, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday evening, at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Global Water Summit, General Mills chairman and CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company's efforts to conserve and protect global water resources critical to the business. He shared the company's journey of "uber-collaboration" with...

State Releases Proposed Air Quality Rules

November 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proposed state regulations for meeting federal air quality standards include limits on what could be burned in wood stoves. In areas with chronically bad air, such as Fairbanks and North Pole, the regulations call for using dry wood, wood pellet products, manufacture-approved biomass fuels and...

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China's Energy Plan Reduces Reliance On Coal

November 19, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese officials announced limits Wednesday on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal.Under a development plan issued by China's Cabinet, energy consumption by 2020 must be no more than 28 percent higher than the 2013...

Public Hearing Set For Plans To Cut Carbon Emissions

November 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are holding a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix on a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from four power plants on tribal land. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal last month for three coal-fired plants and one gas-fired...

EPA: Safe For Toxic Site's Neighbors To Return

November 18, 2014 3:06 pm | by Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three families forced from their homes by toxic vapors in a mountain community outside Asheville, North Carolina, can safely return, federal officials have determined. The Environmental Protection Agency had found unsafe levels of vapors from a cancer-causing chemical inside three homes in the...

Fracking To Be Permitted In GW National Forest

November 18, 2014 12:19 pm | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia's governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the East Coast. The U.S. Forest Service originally planned to ban...

GOP Vows To Pass Keystone Later If Bill Fails Now

November 18, 2014 12:05 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline in Congress again next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure, or President Barack Obama vetoes it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will become the majority...

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When Fake 'Super Meat' Is Better Than The Real Thing

November 18, 2014 11:36 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can...

Group Sues Kingsport Army Plant Over Pollution

November 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Travis Loller, The Associated Pres | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water. The lawsuit filed Monday asks a federal judge to order the U.S. Army and contractor BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. to immediately stop the illegal...

SunEdison Buying First Wind For $1.9B

November 18, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion. The St. Peters, Missouri-based company and its publicly traded subsidiary, TerraForm Power, said Monday that they are buying First Wind for $1.9 billion...

WI Agency Proposes Fee For Electric Cars

November 18, 2014 9:55 am | by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. Scott Walker's...

Coal Residue Vaults Found In Upper Peninsula

November 18, 2014 4:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two underground concrete vaults used to store tar residue and other impurities from a manufactured gas plant more than 100 years ago have been unearthed in Marquette. The Mining Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/1B9IEWy ) that the vaults were found near the Shiras Steam Plant and are being cleaned...

CA Accuses BP Of Inflating Natural Gas Prices

November 17, 2014 4:55 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP and its traders routinely manipulated prices to overcharge California as much as $300 million when it sold natural gas to the state, California and a fired BP employee allege in a lawsuit against the British energy company. The BP employee, who had helped administer...

Chevrolet Supports Grassland Preservation Program

November 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said Monday. The automaker, a division of General Motors, said...

GE's $500M Brazil Research Center Focuses On Subsea Oil, Gas Exploration

November 17, 2014 12:31 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE opened its Brazil Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro today. The $500 million research hub will focus on developing advanced technologies for offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The center, GE’s first in Latin America, will employ 400 researchers by the end of the...

Duke Announces Plans To Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                     

Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has agreed to pay a $5,000 state penalty for two spills of uranium solution from pipelines at a new Wyoming mine. Over 20,000 gallons spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine in Powder River Basin between Casper and Gillette. In-situ uranium mining...

Japan's Nuclear Cleanup Slowed By Contaminated Water

November 12, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel...

Short-Term Energy, Winter Fuels Outlook

November 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell from $95/barrel (bbl) on October 1 to $84/bbl at the end of the month.  The causes included weakening outlooks for global economic and oil demand growth, the return to the market of previously disrupted Libyan crude oil production, and...

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