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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.             

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...

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...

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...

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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.                  

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.            

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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. 

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.                 

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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.                  

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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.      

EPA Announces Record $14M Fine for Titanium Waste

May 15, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Pennsylvania.                          

GOP Examining Claim That EPA Is Blocking Probes

May 7, 2014 9:51 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA allegations are the latest under the Obama administration to question the effective independence of the government's inspectors general, who ostensibly operate on their own to investigate wrongdoing inside federal agencies.      

Court Revives EPA Cross-State Pollution Rule

April 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by Dina Cappiello & Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has given the Environmental Protection Agency an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.           

China Wants More Transparency From Polluters

April 25, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has changed its environment law for the first time in 25 years, instituting public oversight of companies and allowing for unlimited fines against persistent polluters.                      

Q&A: Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Articles | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety (EHS) function. Our sister publication Chem.Info sat down with experts to talk about the challenges of EHS programs and potential solutions.           

2-Week Cooldown For Hot Sauce Maker

April 24, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                         

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