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Saltwater Spill Cleanup Could Take Years

July 23, 2014 7:36 am | News | Comments

The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said.             

EPA Mistakenly Tweets About Kim Kardashian

July 23, 2014 7:33 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of...

The New Power Generation: This Fuel Cell System Could Spark A Revolution

July 22, 2014 10:44 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Scientists in GE labs recently cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of the...

Lumber Company Announces Philadelphia Expansion

July 22, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood...

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Study: Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

July 22, 2014 7:51 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land.         

Environmental Groups Sue Over Steel Plant's Air Emissions Permit

July 22, 2014 7:41 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.               

EPA Proposal Could Block Alaska Mine

July 21, 2014 4:02 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.             

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Nuke Dump Operator Got $1.9M Bonus After Fire

July 21, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.                

Drought Impacting California's Clean Energy Goals

July 21, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.                     

Obama Opening Eastern Seaboard To Oil Exploration

July 21, 2014 8:04 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as the long-term implications of oil development.              

FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 7:48 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.         

EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 7:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.               

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Australia Repeals 2-Year-Old Carbon Tax

July 18, 2014 9:57 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.               

Second-In-Command At EPA Resigns

July 18, 2014 7:48 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.                    

Holes In Tank Likely Factor In W.Va. Chemical Leak

July 17, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said.               

Obama Says Climate Change A Direct Threat To Cities

July 17, 2014 7:48 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.         

Mitsubishi Heavy, JX To Launch CO2 Capture Project In Texas

July 15, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

JX Holdings Inc. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Tuesday they will launch a carbon dioxide capture project in the U.S. state of Texas to boost production at an oil field.               

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Court Rules Against A&G Coal Corp. In Va. Pollution Case

July 14, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected A&G Coal Corp.'s claim that it was not required to report it was discharging selenium when the company applied for a permit for its Kelly Branch mine.   

Bill Cosby Supports Pipeline Protesters

July 14, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline.                      

Study Says W.Va. Spilled Chemical May Be More Toxic

July 11, 2014 3:23 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.                

N.D. Pipeline Spill Cleanup Could Take Weeks

July 11, 2014 8:09 am | by Josh Wood and James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of oil drilling saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, and some of the byproduct ended up in a lake that provides the reservation with drinking water, company and tribal officials said.

Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 9, 2014 3:51 pm | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.             

I&M Proposes 5 Solar Facilities

July 9, 2014 3:39 pm | News | Comments

Indiana Michigan Power plans to seek permission to build five solar generating facilities in the two states it serves.                              

Miss. Regulators Want Input On Carbon Dioxide Rule

July 9, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from Mississippi's power plants.          

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 8:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.          

3 Arrests At Protest At Wood-Burning Power Plant

July 8, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The protesters spoke out against Seneca Jones Timber Co.'s purchase of public forestland east of Reedsport and repeated previous claims that the Seneca Sustainable Energy biomass cogeneration plant is polluting the air in its neighborhood.       

Company Fined $11K For Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                        

Lawsuits Aim To Stop Work At Mines In 3 States

July 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.        

Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 8:26 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

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