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Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                              

EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.         

Q&A: HVAC Education And Technology Advancements

April 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Coyne College is a Chicago-based trade school that’s been teaching HVAC and other vocations for more than 110 years. Student services, from tutoring and career development to job placement assistance, are structured to enhance career preparation by addressing each student’s unique needs. 

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Sriracha Maker Loses Nuisance Battle

April 10, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.                                  

Protecting Detroit's Water With Better Controls

April 7, 2014 3:40 pm | by Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins. The basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.        

U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination.                             

Acid Manufacturer To Cut Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions

March 19, 2014 2:36 pm | News | Comments

A large manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states.                           

Lawsuit Says Coal Pollutes Mississippi River

March 19, 2014 9:21 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal terminal south of New Orleans has been polluting the Mississippi River for years and continues to do so daily, three environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit.             

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Data Shows 2nd Radiation Release At New Mexico Site

March 19, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.                   

Steel Plant Could Be Allowed To Release More Toxins

March 11, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality.                          

Legislation Proposed In WV To Regulate Chemicals

January 21, 2014 9:20 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant that leaked the chemicals, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

EU Makes Carbon Pollution More Expensive

January 8, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union says it is beefing up its carbon trading system to make it more expensive for utilities and other businesses to burn fossil fuels. EU officials on Wednesday voted for a proposal that ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe's prime tool in the fight against climate change.

Westmoreland To Buy Coal Operations For $435M

December 24, 2013 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Westmoreland Coal Co. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the coal mining operations of Sherritt International Corp. for about $435 million which will help it expand its operations in Western Canada. The Englewood, Colo., company said the deal will double its business and make it the sixth largest coal producer in North America.

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Owner Plans To Open Hopewell Bio-Fuel Plant

December 24, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a bio-fuel plant in Hopewell plans to open the facility instead of dismantling it. Vireol Bio-Industries had planned to ship the plant's equipment to its plant in England.                    

To Clean Up Coal, Obama Pushes More Oil Production

December 23, 2013 11:22 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

To help the environment, the government allows power companies to sell the carbon dioxide to oil companies, which pump it into old oil fields to force more crude to the surface. A side benefit is that the carbon gets permanently stuck underground.

Busting Slime For More Sustainable Ships

December 23, 2013 10:19 am | by AkzoNobel | Videos | Comments

AkzoNobel has released this rather fascinating video about how it has worked with Newcastle University to improve the sustainability and fuel economy of the world’s largest ships.                     

American Energy And Manufacturing Competitiveness

December 19, 2013 9:20 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

Top CEOs, including Chad Holliday of Bank of America and Eric Spiegel of Siemens USA, discuss the advantages that the U.S. offers for manufacturing, including the largest market in the world, low energy costs, and a strong technology infrastructure.

How Toyota Saves 61 Million Gallons Of Water Annually

December 17, 2013 10:03 am | by Toyota Motor Corporation | News | Comments

Plant processes, such as painting vehicles, require very pure H20.  Typically 25 percent of the water coming into a facility doesn’t make the cut. But by implementing a system called reverse osmosis that separates impurities before the manufacturing process, Toyota has increased usable water from 75 to 90 percent at several of its plants. 

Incorporating Sustainability Across The Supply Chain

December 11, 2013 9:11 am | by Iuliana Nita, Global Marketing Manager, Food and Beverage, Process Systems Business Unit of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.

Sustainability: A 3PL’s Role In Your Green Supply Chain

December 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Jamie Wyatt, COO, Linkex | Articles | Comments

The supply chain is getting greener and discussions about sustainability are cropping up in more calls and conferences than ever before. What this means for you is that the “green-ness” of your supply chain will soon be a deciding factor for your manufacturer and shipper partners as well as your other customers.

Environmentalists, Unions Seek To Fix Gas Leaks

December 9, 2013 10:18 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. It's a huge national effort that could cost $82 billion. 

Smog At Extremely Hazardous Levels In Shanghai

December 6, 2013 11:45 am | by Didi Tang and Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city's spectacular skyline.

GM Using Landfill Gas To Power Fort Wayne Plant

December 6, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The project will increase the use of gas from a landfill about nine miles away that began in 2002 when the factory began using it to create steam for the 4,000-worker factory that assembles Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.    

Chicago Asks Residents To Report Petcoke Problems

December 3, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that's been piling up on the city's far southeast side. He's asking residents to call 311 or send an e-mail if they see evidence that petroleum coke — called "petcoke" — is blowing off the piles. Petcoke is a powdery black byproduct of oil refining that can be burned in power plants.

Gov't Proposes More Steps To Store Fukushima Water

December 3, 2013 9:33 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials on the Industry Ministry's contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage for contaminated water within two years if current plans are not fully workable. A draft report proposed covering the ground with asphalt to reduce rain inflow, building giant tanks and other steps.

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