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Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by Ben Neary, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It was ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state's legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court.         

California Builds Desalination Plant In Midst Of Drought

September 3, 2014 4:54 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Using an elaborate filtration system, the $1 billion new desalination plant will turn 100...

Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

September 3, 2014 4:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability...

Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

In India, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry with double-digit...

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

Steel Mill Fined $135K for Emission Sensors

July 30, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution-control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.             

Whirlpool Gets Extension For Testing Devices

June 27, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.             

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Indiana Developer Turns Manure Into Renewable Energy

June 26, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jeff Parrott, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

A developer is bringing a new project to Elkhart County aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farms and helping the nation's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

Obama Claims Progress on Climate Change

June 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said Wednesday that new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology have cleared the way for further action in the U.S. and abroad.   

Survey: Few Hanford Workers Question Bosses

June 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

Few of the U.S. Department of Energy workers who are helping build a plant to treat the most dangerous radioactive wastes at a nuclear site in Washington state feel they can openly challenge management decisions, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Australia PM Introduces Bill To Repeal Carbon Tax

June 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.                     

Supreme Court Limits Existing EPA Global Warming Rules

June 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.                  

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Ohio Coal Company Sues Over Emissions Rules

June 19, 2014 3:07 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest coal companies filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the EPA's new carbon emissions rules for power plants.            

Industry Agrees To Ban 'Microbeads'

June 19, 2014 1:09 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.

Missouri Sues Tyson Over Fish Kill

June 19, 2014 10:12 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit Tuesday against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.      

Republican EPA Chiefs Tell Congress To Act On Climate

June 18, 2014 2:38 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.               

Assembly Line Cooling To Prevent Heat Exhaustion

June 17, 2014 3:48 pm | by MovinCool | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool portable air conditioner units help reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and increase your employee morale, leading to improved manufacturing quality and productivity, says the company. 

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Drilling States Explore Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing and five small tremors in eastern Ohio, a first in the Northeast.                 

Chinese Group Uses App To Shame Polluters

June 9, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app on Monday that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and is welcoming public monitoring of companies that pollute.

Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 5, 2014 5:07 pm | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.   

Safety Board Faults Key Device in BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 1:32 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.         

Power Plant Plan Clouds Coal's Future

June 3, 2014 9:55 am | by Dina Cappiello and Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists had hoped the proposal would shutter hundreds of coal-fired power plants. Republican critics painted it as a war on coal, with a major economic impact on local economies. Neither side got exactly what they wanted.     

EPA Aims To Cut Power Plant Carbon by 30 Pct.

June 2, 2014 9:24 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA on Monday will roll out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief gas linked to global warming.                  

A Closer Look at Mars' Massive Wind Farm

May 29, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mars, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Mars, Inc., in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200MW wind farm that will generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars' U.S. operations, which is comprised of 70 sites.         

Michigan a Leader in 'Blue Economy' Jobs

May 29, 2014 1:57 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

From wastewater treatment to farming and advanced manufacturing, a wide swath of the state's economy is particularly sensitive to any changes in water quality or abundance.                       

Americans Agree, EPA Regulations Go Too Far

May 29, 2014 9:52 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

According to a new poll conducted on behalf of the National Mining Association, more than 75% of Americans are concerned that new EPA regulations - specifically targetting coal power plants.                    

Dirtiest Power Plant Cleaning Up Its Act

May 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by Dina Cappiello and Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act.                         

Plant Faces Fines in Slurry Spill

May 21, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fines are for three citations issued after 108,000 gallons of slurry spilled Feb. 11 from Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle preparation plant.                                

Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 10:07 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

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