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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Suits Filed Against Ky. Glass Plant Operators

December 3, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

Piles Of Midwest 'Petcoke' Raising Residents' Ire

November 26, 2013 9:54 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The onslaught, captured in photos and video footage from Detroit and Chicago this year, was caused by the same thing: brisk winds sweeping across huge black piles of petroleum coke, or "petcoke," a powdery byproduct of oil refining that's been accumulating along Midwest shipping channels and sparking a new wave of health and environmental concerns.

Study: U.S. Spewing 50% More Methane Than EPA Says

November 26, 2013 9:26 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long.   

Hand-Held Temperature/Humidity Reader

November 6, 2013 9:13 am | by Anaheim Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Anaheim Scientific today introduced the second model in its M-Series of mini-handheld environmental meters: The M120 – Mini Temperature/Humidity Meter. 

Judge Approves Settlement With Wis. Manufacturer

October 29, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has approved a $4.6 million settlement of an environmental lawsuit against a Madison manufacturer by a group of its neighbors. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb approved the settlement Monday against Madison-Kipp. Under the settlement reached in July, the 32 homes will receive money and pollution control equipment.

DuPont To Pay $800K In EPA Agreement In W.Va.

October 29, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont Co. has reached a proposed agreement to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg.                                  

Tenn. Officials Steer Clear Of Zero-Emissions Plan

October 28, 2013 2:29 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governors from eight other states representing 23 percent of the U.S. auto market pledged Thursday to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on roadways by 2025.                 

Entrepreneur Makes Money From China Smog

October 23, 2013 12:10 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Pollution causing school and airport closures in Harbin, China hurts many, but helps one entrepreneur trying to capitalize on the smog.

Second Tritium Leak Reported At S.C. Nuke Plant

October 23, 2013 11:54 am | by AP | News | Comments

The spill hasn't made nearby drinking water unsafe, according to federal regulators.                                                

Super Smog Hits North China City

October 21, 2013 2:51 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season.        

Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

UN Sees Mercury Use Phase-Out Within 3 Decades

October 17, 2013 1:47 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The head of the U.N. environment agency says a new global treaty could eliminate harmful emissions of mercury from the planet within three decades.                 

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