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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 12:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator expressed concerns Tuesday about provisions of a chemical regulations overhaul pending in Congress.

Apple Invests in Sustainable Solar Project, Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 10:46 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. 

Exxon: $8.9B Sought in Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 16, 2015 9:38 am | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking. 

Ecovative Design: Manufactured Wood Made Without Trees

April 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design has made a mission of replacing synthetic plastic polymers with natural mushroom based polymers. After disrupting the packaging industry with a line of fully biodegradable mushroom packaging, they are now setting their sights on replacing manufactured wood products.

Obama Presents Climate Change as Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Carolina became the 34th state to allow hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas after new standards for the controversial practice took effect last week.

New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The company’s two huge 1,000 MW power plants, which are under construction near Fort Worth, will use the latest GE power generation technology that needs just one tenth of the water amount typically required to cool such large installations, and save “millions of gallons” every day, according to Harris.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 11:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released study finds electric cars could help alleviate heat concentrated in large urban areas.

Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut in Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 20, 2015 2:08 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will order the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

Study: Additives Don't Cause Plastics to Degrade

March 20, 2015 9:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent analysis by Michigan State University researchers cast doubts on the effectiveness of compounds intended to promote biodegradation in plastics. 

Scientists Develop New Carbon Capture Technology

March 19, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of California-Berkeley believe a newly developed material could allow power plants to cheaply and easily capture carbon emissions. 

Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic from Potatoes

March 18, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two Italian companies recently announced plans to process potato byproducts into plastic materials. 

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Tiny Blue Bubbles Designed to Help Save the Planet

March 17, 2015 2:19 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

A team of engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory may have found a way to capture CO2 from power plants, using tiny blue capsules that look like fish eggs.

Toyota Wants Price of Hydrogen Vehicle to Match Diesel Cars

March 16, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota's new hydrogen-powered car already costs far less than analysts' original forecasts, but reports suggest the Japanese automaker hopes to make it affordable to most car buyers in the next five to seven years. 

New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater and Converts it into Energy

March 11, 2015 11:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Colorado have developed technology they say could cleanse wastewater from oil and natural gs drilling sites while simultaneously generating additional energy. 

3 Arguments Against Lifting the Crude Ban — That are Still (Mostly) Bogus

March 6, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

With tanks of oil piling up in the U.S., the drumbeat for lifting the crude export ban has been getting louder — but many in Congress are still reluctant to let the ban go. Here are some of the arguments in support of keeping the ban and how they stack up against the facts.

Photo of the Day: Another Target of Stricter EPA Regulations

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The 'Photo of the Day' shows the subject of stricter EPA regulations as a result of health and pollution risks. 

Elon Musk's Solar Company to Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. 

Governor Joins Call for Superfund Listing for Aluminum Plant

February 19, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Bullock has joined the call to have the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List, a step toward gaining federal funding to clean up the 120-acre site.

Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:19 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent in 2014

February 18, 2015 9:37 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year.

Report Projects Solar Energy Production to Surge In U.S.

February 12, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A recently released study projects solar energy costs will be able to compete with those of traditional electricity generation in most states within the next 15 years.

Delegation: EPA Reaffirms Approval of North Dakota Haze Plan

February 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants, rejecting an appeal by environmental groups who favor a federal plan.

Neighboring States Clash On EPA Coal Energy Regulation

February 10, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions.                         

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