Environmental Protection


Study Finds Fine Particulate Air Pollution Associated with Increased Risk of Autism

Exposure to the pollution caused by such things as car exhaust and coal-fired power plants may be associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, a University of Pittsburgh study has found.

More Questions than Answers in California Oil Spill

Tens of thousands of liters of spilled oil from a broken underground pipeline threatened protected waters and wildlife on California's southern coast Wednesday, as US federal and local authorities rushed to contain its spread.

Duke Energy Fined $102 Million for Polluting Rivers with Coal Ash

Duke Energy, the nation's largest electrical utility, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act for polluting four major rivers for several years with toxic coal ash from five power plants in North Carolina.

Officials Continue to Examine Simi Valley Homes for Mercury Exposure

Officials continued Tuesday to examine Simi Valley homes for possible mercury contamination but said early tests indicate it was confined to a small area around the actual spill.

Judge Rejects Freedom Industries Bankruptcy Plan

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson, in a 10-page order, said Freedom Industries' plan was not acceptable primarily because of "the unsettled terms of environmental remediation, a matter of highest priority in the case."

Value of Water Coalition Highlights Innovative Programs

The coalition's new briefing paper, "The New Wave of Water Innovation," touts the programs of five agencies around the country.

Interxion Groundwater System Cools Data Center

By agreement with the Capital Region of Denmark, the system will also act as a remediation system, preventing polluted water running into the great groundwater reservoirs, from which the capital collects its drinking water.

Stella Niagara Nature Preserve Nears Fundraising Goal

If the remaining $300,000 is collected prior to the June 1 deadline, the preserve will be on schedule to open later this year.

Ohio State Researchers Develop Mesh that Captures Oil

The researchers coated the mesh with a fine layer of hydrogen and carbon, putting the elements together in such a way to attract water and repel oil.

Minnesota Communities Oppose City's Planned Sewage Treatment Facility

Residents of nearby Lake St. Croix Beach and St. Mary's Point fear the project would cause more environmental problems than it solves. Among other concerns, they fear that Valley Creek -- a protected trout stream -- could be harmed and groundwater near drinking water wells could be contaminated.

Always-On Devices Waste Billions of Electricity Each Year

Approximately $19 billion worth of electricity, equal to the output of 50 large power plants, is devoured annually by U.S. household electronics, appliances, and other equipment when consumers are not actively using them.

Agencies Celebrate National Drinking Water Week

From May 3-9, agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania and the Ohio EPA are honoring National Drinking Water Week.

NOAA Creates Deepwater Horizon Searchable Database

The tool is called DIVER for Data Integration, Visualization, Exploration, and Reporting.

Whales Make Comeback Off Sonoma Coast

Marine biologists say that at the moment, a population estimated at more than 20,000 gray whales appears to be healthy and reproducing well.

Survey Shows Most Americans Concerned About Tap Water Quality

A new survey reveals that 55 percent of American men and women are concerned about the quality of their tap water.

Report: Southern California's Air Some of the Worst in U.S.

Despite progress, Southern California's air remains home to some of the worst air in the United States, the American Lung Association said Tuesday in its annual State of the Air report.

Plant Flares Emit More Pollutants than Previously Thought, the EPA Reports

A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formula for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares at refineries and chemical plants nationwide shows that those emissions are four times higher than previously thought.

New Pig Launches Grant Program

"With our customers' environmental expertise, plus funding, PIG products, and leadership, we believe this program can make measurable improvements in communities around the country," said Doug LaPlante, New Pig's vice president, Strategy.

FERC Looking at Impact of Proposed Pipeline Conversion

The existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline runs 256 miles through 18 Kentucky counties. The company proposes to change the product flowing through the pipeline from natural gas to natural gas liquids.

Incinerating Hazardous Waste

Through incineration, hazardous wastes can be safely and efficiently discarded.

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