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Obama Declares 2014 'A Breakthrough Year For America'

December 19, 2014 3:41 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress. "My presidency is entering the...

Obama: Keystone Offers Little Benefit To Consumers

December 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada...

Siena Poll Indicates NY Split On Fracking

December 19, 2014 3:32 pm | by David Klepper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Yorkers remain divided over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas as the state prepares to...

EPA Expected To Treat Coal Waste Like Garbage

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste...

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The Keystone Pipeline Debate In The New Year

December 18, 2014 4:58 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes. First, let’s review the project and the two major sides in the debate. On one hand, the Keystone pipeline project could greatly benefit the U.S. economy, and on the other, it could drastically harm...

New EPA Regulations Impact Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 2:07 pm | by Nate Maguire | News | Comments

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance.The EPA estimates 2.1 billion fish, crabs and...

Workplace Safety Agency Cites NE Plant

December 18, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure. The Kearney Hub reports that Eaton Corp. faces a $7,000 fine for the July incident. A federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection says the...

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Sony Cyberattack May Be Costliest Ever

December 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Bernard Condon, Eric Tucker, Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to...

NY To Ban Fracking, Hand Victory To Environmentalists

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom...

WA Governor Proposes Carbon Pollution Cap

December 18, 2014 10:07 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The proposal was part of a broader package that the Democrat said would help the state meet a 2008 mandate to drastically reduce...

ND Fines Company $687K For Disposal Violations

December 17, 2014 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota regulators have assessed a $687,000 fine against a Utah company for allegedly violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission that includes Gov. Jack Dalrymple approved the sanction on Wednesday against Redemption Energy LLC. Officials say the company...

NY Will Move To Prohibit Fracking

December 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would...

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Sony Under Attack From Hackers And Ex-Employees

December 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview." Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages. The fallout from the hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves...

State Approves Grants For Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility. The Clemens Food Group operation will be in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments. Grant money will go...

U.S. Current Account Deficit Rises To $100.3B

December 17, 2014 11:23 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. current account trade deficit widened slightly in the July-September quarter, largely due to foreign institutions paying less in fines and penalties to the U.S. government. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the deficit in the current account rose to $100.3 billion in the third...

Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags. Mark Rosekind, 59, a leading expert on human fatigue, was approved by...

Powdered Alcohol? Not So Fast, Lawmakers Say

December 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Powdered alcohol hasn't even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go. Colorado is the latest state considering prohibiting "Palcohol" amid concern it will increase underage drinking. The product is marketed as an ounce of rum...

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Feds To Boost Mine Blasting Emissions Rules

December 16, 2014 2:29 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Occasionally not all explosive used in a mine blasting operation ignites. When that...

NAM CEO Speaks Out On NLRB Ruling

December 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) final rule on "ambush elections": "It's clear the Administration has an agressive agenda to uproot longstanding and effective...

Poll Reveals Americans' Stance On Limiting Carbon

December 12, 2014 1:09 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The results of....

November Budget Deficit Drops To $56.8B

December 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year is down 21 percent from the same period a year ago, although much of that improvement stems from quirks in the calendar. The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for November totaled $56.8 billion, a drop of...

OR GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The Yes on 92 campaign said Thursday there are no other legal options remaining that could lead them to victory. The campaign filed a lawsuit earlier this week...

Budget Deal Targets, But Misses Climate Regulations

December 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A congressional deal to finance the government chips away at some Obama administration energy and environmental programs, but leaves largely intact the president's plans on global warming — at least until Republicans take control of Congress next month. Democrats...

GOP Pushes Spending Measure Forward

December 11, 2014 10:46 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Confident House Republicans pressed ahead with a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday despite persistent grumbling among Democrats whose votes they need for passage, and lingering opposition from tea party Republicans who see more in the measure to dislike than...

TN Governor Questions UAW Process At VW

December 9, 2014 5:30 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, a longtime critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize foreign automakers in the South, on Tuesday questioned the process by which the union qualified under a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. Volkswagen announced on Monday that an independent...

2015: A Busy Year For OSHA

December 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow. For starters...

UAW Reaches Top Tier Of VW Labor Policy In TN

December 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. Volkswagen said that an independent auditor had verified that the UAW's Local 42 had signed up...

The Real Cost Of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 10:18 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

According to the National Safety Council, which hosted its annual Congress and Expo Sept. 13-19 in San Diego, workplace injuries and fatalities cost our economy $198.2 billion a year. You read that right, 198.2 BILLION dollars a year. That amount of money would allow every kid in America to go...

New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

December 8, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to...

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