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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 9:44 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change...

Supreme Court Limits Existing EPA Global Warming Rules

June 23, 2014 1:19 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already...

Missouri Sues Tyson Over Fish Kill

June 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit Tuesday against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil...

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Republican EPA Chiefs Tell Congress To Act On Climate

June 18, 2014 12:53 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.                         

Workers Safe After Blasts At Montana Plant

June 11, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant Tuesday in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building, and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.               

Cargill To Change Hog Housing

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said it will eliminate individual stalls for sows and use only group housing by the end of next year. The company also says it will require farms with which it contracts to use group housing by the end of 2017.        

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Chinese Group Uses App To Shame Polluters

June 9, 2014 9:18 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. 

Trial On Mercury Cleanup In Penobscot River Begins

June 5, 2014 9:31 am | by Alanna Durkin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 15 years after the closure of a chemical plant that dumped mercury into Maine's Penobscot River, a federal trial began Tuesday to determine whether the company now responsible for it must pay to clean up the downriver contamination that advocates say puts humans and wildlife at risk.

Chicken Plant Sues Pest Company Over Infestation

June 2, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Central California chicken-processing plant has filed a lawsuit against a pest-control company over a cockroach infestation that caused the plant to close for two weeks.                       

Hot Sauce Controversy Might Be Cooling Down

May 28, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The heat may finally be going out of a confrontation between a chili-sauce maker and a Los Angeles suburb.                                         

Dirtiest Power Plant To Get Clean

May 28, 2014 9:24 am | 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.                       

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EPA Announces Record $14M Fine For Titanium Waste

May 15, 2014 12:40 pm | 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 Henderson, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.           

Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                                 

Report: Warming Disrupting Americans' Lives

May 6, 2014 1:02 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Climate change's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond," the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday.                   

China Wants More Transparency From Polluters

April 25, 2014 9:45 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, a response to the country's environmental challenges and demand from the public for action.

Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 12:54 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                        

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Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.                      

China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Employment

March 6, 2014 10:03 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five factories were closed or torn down as part of the government's drive to clear up China's notoriously smoggy skies, but shutting plants has taken a human and economic toll in lost jobs and income.             

EPA Overregulation: What It Means For U.S. Manufacturing

March 5, 2014 11:06 am | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Survivability in the manufacturing industry is at an all-time high, but still faces some roadblocks. An independent review of EPA regulations examines the disparity between EPA projections and the industry’s more realistic concerns about future profits, job loss and taxes.

Investigators Say Flare Plant Blast Accidental

February 28, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident and not caused by a criminal act.                                

Wyoming Is Worst State For CO2 Emissions Per Person

February 28, 2014 9:52 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn't smoggy California or bustling New York, but a place famous for its big, clear skies: Wyoming.                         

Hot Sauce Factory Topic Of Firey Meeting

February 27, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There could be fiery words Wednesday night as a Southern California city considers whether a hot sauce factory is a public nuisance because of its spicy emissions.                         

Climate Case At Supreme Court Looks At EPA's Power

February 24, 2014 10:08 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The justices are hearing arguments Monday in a challenge to a regulation that forces companies that want to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution to evaluate ways to reduce the carbon they release.     

Delaware Court Affirms Dismissal Of DuPont Suit

February 21, 2014 2:44 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the widow of an Argentine national who claimed he was exposed to asbestos at a DuPont textile plant in the South American country.            

EPA Removing Tons Of PCB-Laden Soil From N.Y. Site

February 21, 2014 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials report removing 335,000 tons of PCBs, contaminated soil and other material from the shuttered General Motors Co. factory in northern New York, finding more waste than expected in the Superfund cleanup.          

Whirlpool Adds Fort Smith Contaminant Test Sites

February 21, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. is expanding the scope of its testing for toxic chemicals at the site of its former factory in Fort Smith.                                     

John Kerry Mocks Those Who Deny Climate Change

February 19, 2014 2:51 pm | by Matthew Lee, AP Diplomatic Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world's "most fearsome" destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat.   

N.C. Officials Fear 2nd Pipe Collapse At Duke Plant

February 18, 2014 3:21 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina officials expressed concern late Friday that a second pipe running under a Duke Energy coal ash dump might fail more than a week after a similar pipe collapsed, triggering a massive toxic spill into the Dan River.       

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