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Management, Safety Cited For N.M. Radiation Release

April 24, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump.     

Google, SunPower Team Up For Solar Energy Program

April 23, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. are planning to invest up to $250 million to lease solar panels...

Climate Change Could Make Everest Even Riskier

April 23, 2014 8:28 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

What makes the situation so risky, scientists say, is the uncertainty itself. While scientists...

EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 7:56 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners...

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Unilever To Use Less Plastic Per Bottle

April 22, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the world, says it is adopting technology that will cut the amount of plastic it needs to use in each bottle by 15 percent.      

Study Says Fuels From Corn Waste Not Better Than Gas

April 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law.           

Largest U.S. Solar Farm On Superfund Site Is Online

April 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.                 

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: More Trouble For GM; GE's First Micro-Factory

April 18, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from a lawsuit against GE picking Louisville for its micro-factory to an explosion and fire at a Tennessee ammunition plant.        

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Cement Plant Pollution Standard

April 18, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged.            

Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

N.M. Crews Find Suspected Area Of Radiation Leak

April 18, 2014 8:03 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.                       

Manchin Wants Mines To Tout Coal

April 15, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

The Democratic senator leading the fight against the White House's strategy to fight climate change is urging the mining industry to speak out about coal's role in providing affordable, reliable power to the country.             

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Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                

Lawsuit: Georgia Factory Is Polluting Altamaha River

April 14, 2014 2:50 pm | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of discharging colored waste and odors in the Altamaha River.                   

Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The construction and operation of what has become the Kingdom Community Wind project generated fierce opposition from a number of people who claimed the project marred the pristine ridgeline for no environmental benefit.         

No Radiation Found In Water Near Nuke Dump

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.           

Oil Pipe Leak Taints Water In China

April 14, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.           

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Panel: Cost Of Fighting Global Warming 'Modest'

April 14, 2014 7:52 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said.             

FEMA OKs W.Va. Chem Spill Request

April 11, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Federal officials have approved a funding request by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin related to the January chemical spill in Charleston, but refused to consider the event a "major disaster."            

Panel Shows Who's Responsible For CO2 Emissions

April 11, 2014 11:16 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check.     

Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 10:42 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. The company believes that, long term, wind energy will help the company's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Rob Olson said.         

4 Years After BP Spill, Questions On Long-Term Health

April 11, 2014 7:55 am | by Kevin McGill and Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some 33,000 people, including Barisich, are participating in a massive federal study that aims to determine any short or possible long-term health effects related to the spill.             

Artificial Cooling A Tricky Topic For Climate Panel

April 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly.           

Jar Of French Mountain Air Goes For $860 In China

April 10, 2014 8:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liang's work is part of a gust of recent artistic protest reflecting widespread dissatisfaction over air quality in China, where cities often are immersed days on end in harmful pollutants at levels many times what is considered safe by the World Health Organization.

N.C. Sides With Duke In Appeal Of Coal Ash Ruling

April 8, 2014 3:51 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                 

P&G Changes Palm Oil Policy After Protests

April 8, 2014 2:57 pm | News | Comments

The world's largest consumer products company said Tuesday that it has adopted a "no-deforestation" policy for its palm oil products.                      

UN Climate Panel Chair Asking For 'Enlightenment'

April 8, 2014 8:36 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pachauri urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world has if it wants to prevent catastrophic global warming.        

Lawmakers Push EPA To Ax Stove Rules

April 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes.         

U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 7:36 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government reached a settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades.              

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