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Evoqua SeaCURE

Evoqua Ballast Water Management System Closer to Sea Trials

Evoqua Water Technologies has become the first company to complete low salinity (brackish) water testing for ballast water management solutions (BWMS). As part of US Coast Guard (USCG) protocols, BWMS are designed to safely protect the environment and economies from invasive aquatic species damage. Testing for Evoqua’s SeaCURE system for … Read more »

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Plains Pipeline Ordered to Clean Up Santa Barbara Crude Oil Spill

Plains All American Pipeline, the owner and operator of the pipeline that leaked heavy crude oil near Santa Barbara, California, has been ordered to continue its cleanup work inland, beachside, and in the ocean, to contain the oil and prevent further shoreline contamination. The EPA and the US Coast Guard … Read more »

Oil Spill Shuts 10% of Refining Capacity

Shipping channels that deliver crude oil for more than one-tenth of US refining capacity in Texas were shut for a third day on Monday following a weekend oil spill, Reuters reports. The spill cleanup could last through the week. The Houston Ship Channel was shut on Saturday following a collision … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL Pipeline, Climate Envoy, European Emissions Market

The State Department released a report concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project, the New York Times reports. The department’s long-awaited environmental impact statement appears to indicate that the project could pass the criteria … Read more »

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Record Railroad-Related Crude-Oil Spills in 2013

Thirty percent more crude was spilled from US rail cars in 2013 than in the nearly four previous decades combined, according to US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration data. An analysis of the data by the Washington Post found railroads spilled 800,000 gallons of crude oil between 1975 and … Read more »

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Carnival to Install Scrubber Technology on 32 Cruise Ships

Carnival says it will spend more than $180 million to install exhaust gas cleaning technology on 32 ships, making it the first company to use this scrubber technology in restricted spaces on existing ships. These include vessels from Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Cunard that sail … Read more »

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Alternative Fuels Power Alaska Airlines, Coast Guard Ships

Alaska Airlines says it will begin using biofuel to power its Hawaii flights as soon as 2018. The airline has signed an agreement with Hawai`i BioEnergy, a consortium of three of Hawaii’s largest landowners and three venture capital companies that plan to use locally grown feedstocks to produce biofuels. Hawai`i … Read more »

Flooding Halts Shipping, Delays Corn Planting

Rain in the upper Midwest region caused flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and as far south as Tennessee, forcing officials to close several locks and causing farmers to delay corn planting. Barge shipping halted Friday on parts of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers when several locks were closed, … Read more »

Army Corps Could Charge for Missouri River Water

The US Army Corps of Engineers will begin issuing permits for industrial and municipal uses of Missouri River water, and is considering charging for surplus river water in the future. The Corps plans to complete this month its first water surplus agreement with Williston, N.D.-based Western International Co., which provides … Read more »

Alaska Files Suit to Block Low-Sulfur Fuel Rules for Ships

The state of Alaska has filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Anchorage to block federal environmental regulations that require ships to use low-sulfur fuel. The regulation, established by the EPA and the US Coast Guard, will require ships operating within 200 miles of the shores of southeasterm and … Read more »