After much debate on the safety of shipping oil by train, federal regulators have created a list of voluntary measures transporters can use to help reduce the risks of accidents occurring on rail shipments.
Although accidents are rare, transporting crude oil and natural gas poses major risks for human habitation areas and water bodies, regardless of how they are moved.
- By Douglas C. Toland
- Feb 24, 2014
The Georgetown and Salado salamanders, two species primarily located in central Texas, have become guarded endangered species after years of waiting for federal protection.
The agency has announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard for agricultural workers exposed to pesticides.
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located in the Mojave Desert, began operations last week after several years of planning and construction. To date, the plant is the largest of its kind and reportedly generates 30 percent of all solar energy developed in the United States.
An investigation by California's Department of Toxic Substances Control found Clearwater Environmental Management, Inc. continued to transport hazardous waste after losing its license in 2007.
The state agency is allowing Patriot Coal’s Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant to begin testing new control measures put in place after a Feb. 11 slurry spill.
"We are excited to share the California experience and technical expertise gained from our early actions to reduce emissions and save fuel from the heaviest trucks via our California tractor-trailer greenhouse gas program over the last six years," said Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols.
These are routine, five-year reviews at the sites.
The association notes that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Intelligence Agency agree cybersecurity is the top threat facing business and critical infrastructure in the United States.
The Potomac Water Filtration Plant has been sued for dumping more than 30 million pounds of sediment and aluminum into the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay over a four-year period.
A break occurred Feb. 2 in a 48-inch stormwater pipe beneath an ash basin at a retired coal plant in Eden, N.C., releasing at least 50,000 tons of ash to the Dan River, the company estimates.
Most of the $63 million paid to the U.S. government under the company's bankruptcy reorganization plan is going to fund the cleanups in 21 states.
As people and corporations alike are becoming more environmentally conscious with each passing year, businesses around the globe are finding ways their stores can leave less of a carbon footprint.
- By Lindsay Page
- Feb 05, 2014
The agency's standards for nuclear power operations date to 1977 and are the earliest radiation rules it has developed.
Two companies with existing terminals located on the Houston Ship Channel have filed letters of intent and Waterways Suitability Assessments for their planned Liquefied Hazardous Gas facility expansions.
Now, more than ever, aquatic ecosystem components continue to be the primary water resource targeted for development.
- By Bryan Taylor
- Feb 03, 2014
Arkansas becomes the 23rd state to confirm the deadly disease in bats.
Ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, he has played a leading role in enacting major environmental and health laws for decades.
In an EIP report, it was found that 395 facilities in six states emit over 10,000 pounds of toxic chemicals each year, but don’t report to the Toxics Release Inventory because of a government loophole.