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EPA wants to expand toxic chemicals database

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed requiring large oil and gas processing facilities to publicly report, to the federal Toxics Release Inventory, the names and amounts of the toxic chemicals they emit. It would be the first expansion in 20 years of the TRI, the online public database in which most other industries must list their pollution emissions, and, ...

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September US mine inspections result in 133 citations

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors issued 133 citations and 12 orders at U.S. mine operations in September. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the inspections were conducted at 10 coal mines and seven other mines in 10 states. MSHA says 46 citations and 11 orders were issued to A&G Coal Corp.’s Preacher Creek strip mine in southwest Virginia ...

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US mine fatalities down over first 9 months of 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Federal regulators say 25 fatalities have occurred in U.S. mines through the first nine months of this year, down from 33 deaths in the same period of 2014. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that seven fatalities occurred from July through September. Five of those deaths were in metal and nonmetal mines and two occurred ...

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Assessing the risks of storing CO2 underground

All of the carbon dioxide siphoned from power plant flue gas has to go somewhere — not back into the sky as greenhouse gas. That somewhere is typically underground. CO2 can be used for enhanced oil recovery — to stimulate the flow of untapped oil in fields exhausted by conventional methods. It can also just be pumped deep underground through ...

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Argo shipwreck find leaking petroleum in Lake Erie

KELLEYS ISLAND — It wasn’t qualified to operate in the Great Lakes’ open waters, and when it did, the barge Argo was caught in a gale, capsized, and sank. Laden with as much as 200,000 gallons of petroleum, the 120-foot vessel was missing in Lake Erie for nearly 78 years before a shipwreck hunter from Lakeside, Ohio, found it two ...

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DOE report finds ‘negative trend’ in WIPP operations

A Department of Energy oversight team found an overall “negative trend” in the operation of a southeast New Mexico nuclear waste repository following two serious accidents, but plant managers say progress has been made since the review concluded. In a memo distributed to employees and obtained by the Journal , DOE’s Office of Enterprise Assessments analyzed operations at the Waste ...

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Minn. governor orders swifter inspections of oil rail routes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton asked state railroad inspectors Thursday to speed up safety inspections of tracks where more oil cars are moving through, a response to marked changes in what routes trains take as they haul millions of gallons of crude across the state. Dayton said those inspections will occur almost a month ahead of schedule ...

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4th worker died after pipeline explosion

HOUMA, La. — The Terrebonne Parish coroner’s office says a fourth man has died of injuries from an explosion at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in Gibson. Three men died immediately Oct. 8, and two were critically injured. Chief investigator Danny Theriot (TER-ee-oh) tells The Courier that 56-year-old Michael Hill of Paris, Tennessee, died Oct. 12. He says Theriot worked ...

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New Ohio wastewater treatment facility to be recommended

ELIDA — It appears all systems are go for a wastewater screening facility to be constructed for Elida’s wastewater treatment plant. Because it was a committee meeting, Elida Village Council could only vote to recommend to go ahead with the project. However, because the council met as the Council-as-a-Whole Committee, it was likely only a formality to be approved at ...

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New Mexico to release monitoring plan for mine spill

FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico is developing a plan that will guide long-term monitoring activities in the wake of a spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine. The state is expected to release a draft of the plan Tuesday. Officials are urging tribes, local leaders, concerned residents and researchers to weigh in during a 30-day comment period. A public meeting ...

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