Environmental Protection


State Agency Cites Duke Energy for Wastewater Permit Violations

The company pumped an estimated 61 million gallons of wastewater from two coal ash impoundments at its Cape Fear Steam Electric Plant into a tributary of the Cape Fear River, DENR reported.

Australia Unwraps National Plan for Maritime Emergency Response

The plan lays out cooperative arrangements between governments and industry to respond to maritime spills and shipping casualty incidents.

Lloyd's Working on Arctic Ice Regime

The region's "extreme and fast changing risks" call for it to support IMO's Polar Code, which would set safety and environmental standards for ships operating in those waters.

Congress Passes Bill Delaying Flood Insurance Reforms

H.R. 3370 is the bill both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed to delay the impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

West Virginia Agency Approves Freedom Industries' Tank Removal Plan

The plan calls for Tank 396, which leaked 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and PPH into the Elk River in January 2014, contaminating the potable water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, to be cleaned and sandblasted. The Chemical Safety Board will retain the floor section of the tank.

BP Clears Up U.S. Contracting Ban

BP is once again eligible to enter into new contracts with the U.S. government, including new deepwater leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Smarter Nutrient Management for Water Utilities Examined

A new study explores how better nutrient management in wastewater treatment facilities can help overcome the strain put on the water utility sector caused by urbanization and agriculture.

GE Develops 'Space Frame' Wind Tower

The design wraps a fiberglass coat around a metal latticework. It will allow customers to "go taller in new locations," said Cliff Harris, general manager of GE's Renewable Energy business in Europe.

Grazing animals, such as pronghorns, may be able to restore biodiversity, according to a new study.

Biodiversity in Grasslands Restored by Grazing Animals

A new study of grasslands suggests a way to counteract the human-made overdose of fertilizer that threatens to permanently alter the biodiversity of the world’s native prairies.

Bechtel-Led Consortium Resumes Role at Pantex, Oak Ridge

Consolidated Nuclear Security—whose members are Bechtel National, Inc., Lockheed Martin Services, Inc., ATK Launch Systems Inc., SOC LLC, and Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.as a teaming subcontractor—will manage the operations. The two facilities maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

CNG Supplier Becomes ATA Featured Product Partner

Trillium CNG is building a network of compressed natural gas fueling stations to serve the commercial trucking industry.

Alpha Natural Resources in Record Settlement of CWA Claims

The Bristol, Va.-based coal company will pay $27.5 million in civil penalties, and it and its subsidiaries will spend an estimated $200 million to install and operate wastewater treatment systems and to implement upgrades to reduce discharges of pollution from coal mines in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Salt in the ocean’s surface has been steadily reducing since the 1950’s, which prevents the warmer waters underneath from mixing and cooling back down as it should.

Ocean Depths Feel Impact of Global Warming

Researchers from McGill University have found that the salt in the ocean’s surface has been steadily reducing since the 1950’s, which prevents the warmer waters underneath from mixing and cooling back down as it should.

Six categories of plastic packaging have been found to reduce energy use and emissions in a new study.

Plastic Packaging Reduces Emissions and Energy Consumption

Six categories of plastic packaging have been found to reduce energy use and emissions in a new study.

API Opposes EPA's Tier 3 Rule

The oil and gas industry's trade association claims the new rule will hike costs and increase CO2 emissions at U.S. refineries.

World’s Largest Salmon Fishery Receives Protection

The EPA announced it will be using Clean Water Act authority to assess permanently prohibiting or restricting mine waste disposal into Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. This decision puts on hold attempts to build the Pebble Mine, which would be North America’s largest open pit gold-copper mine.

WIPP Workers' Radiation Exposure Confirmed

Thirteen employees of DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., were notified Feb. 26 that they have tested positive for radiological contamination after being exposed on Feb. 14.

The Refinishing Touch Delivers Sustainability to University of Wisconsin-Stout

A leading asset management provider breathes new life into furniture and fixtures at University of Wisconsin-Stout while reducing cost, downtime and environmental impact.

Tennessee Watersheds Get More Funding

New watershed improvement and protection projects in Tennessee will receive more than $600,000 in funding beginning in August.

Shell Signs Agreement Advancing Carbon Capture Project

The company announced the signing with the British government moves the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage project to the next phase of design.

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