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4 companies plead guilty to federal clean air violations

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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Four companies have pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a total of $3.5 million for criminal clean air violations at two Southeast Texas oil and chemical processing facilities. Papers filed in federal court Wednesday in Beaumont show KTX Limited and KTX Properties Inc. pleaded guilty to negligently releasing hazardous air pollutants in a tank explosion at ...

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California governor looks to extend climate-change efforts

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years. The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by forcing manufacturers and other companies ...

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New contractor sets cleanup priorities at nuclear facility

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — For Fred Hughes, it’s déjà vu. Hughes, president of cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho, recently began his fourth tour living and working in eastern Idaho. His stints at the U.S. Department of Energy’s desert site began in the mid-1980s, working for a U.S. Navy contractor. He returned in the 1990s to manage several waste facilities, only ...

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Company to hold meeting on decade-old oil leak in Gulf

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will hold a public meeting next month to disclose details of its efforts to stop chronic slicks from forming off Louisiana’s coast. The Jan. 20 forum in Baton Rouge was a requirement of Taylor Energy Co.’s court settlement in September with environmental ...

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Oil, gas driller settles to $73 million in pollution case

DENVER — Major oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to pay more than $73 million in a settlement with state and federal regulators over Front Range air-pollution violations. The Denver Post reports that the company’s tank batteries were emitting thousands of tons of chemicals a year, contributing to the region’s ozone pollution problem. The Houston-based energy mammoth has ...

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Monongahela taken off Pennsylvania’s impaired list

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PITTSBURGH — The Monongahela River is off a list of Pennsylvania rivers impaired by pollution, in part because sewage treatment plants on it are no longer handling natural gas drilling wastewater. The change was included in a report issued Monday by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the reduction in sulfate contamination on the Monongahela also ...

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EPA to tighten air quality standards

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed stricter air quality standards that will protect the most vulnerable groups of the population — children, the elderly and people with asthma. Though Victoria was out of compliance with ozone pollution standards in the late ’70s, the county now has one of the lowest levels of the smog-causing pollutant in the state. Yet, the ...

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Researchers examining pollution levels near Ohio gas wells

A recent study found levels of air pollution around oil and gas wells in a rural Ohio county to be higher than levels in downtown Chicago, according to the Associated Press. Researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati placed 25 monitors in Caroll County, sometimes only one-tenth of a mile from operating wells. The team monitored the ...

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Oil companies’ fracking fines go to Visalia-based water center

State authorities have fined two oil companies a total of $476,784 for illegally sending salty fluids and drilling wastes into unlined pits, including fluids from controversial hydraulic fracturing. Half the penalty — $238,392 — will go to the Community Water Center of Visalia to help provide clean drinking water for disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley. The center is ...

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