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States, Industry Ask Supreme Court to Block Clean Power Plan

In another attempt to block the Clean Power Plan, 29 states and state agencies are urging the US Supreme Court to stop the carbon emissions rule for power plants from taking effect. The have been joined by 16 trade associations including the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association … Read more »

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Waste-to-Solid-Fuel Plant Breaks Ground

A waste-to-solid-fuel plant has broken ground in West Virginia. Its developers say it is the US’ first resource recovery facility that employs mechanical biological treatment (MBT). The waste-to-solid-fuel plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia, called Entsorga WV, is expected to be operational in early 2017. Entsorga WV is a joint venture … Read more »

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Clean Power Plan Becomes Law, 24 States Sue to Block Carbon Rule

The EPA published the Clean Power Plan in the federal register today, making existing power plants in the US legally responsible to limit carbon pollution for the first time. Under the new carbon law, existing coal-burning power plants must cut carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 … Read more »

Bayer

Bayer Fined $5.6M for Deadly Chemical Explosion

Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay $5.6 million to resolve violations of federal chemical accident prevention laws at its facility in Institute, West Virginia, where an explosion killed two people in 2008. Under the settlement with the US government, Bayer committed to spending $4.23 million to improve emergency preparedness and … Read more »

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DuPont in Court Over C-8 Chemical Exposure

DuPont is in court this week facing its first trial over perfluorooctanoic acid exposure. Residents in West Virginia are suing the chemical giant, alleging that perfluorooctanoic acid, known as PFOA or C-8, leached into their drinking water from a nearby plant, Reuters reports. The residents say developed cancer after drinking … Read more »

ExxonMobil

XTO Energy to Pay $3M to Restore Fracking Areas

XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and the US’ largest holder of natural gas reserves, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations, according to the EPA and the US Department … Read more »

Freedom Industries Indicted for W.Va. Chemical Spill

Freedom Industries and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes related to the January 2014 West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water, EHS Today reports. The company itself is charged with the negligent discharge of a pollutant in violation of the Clean … Read more »

Chemical Spill Company President Faces Charges

Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern — whose company’s chemical spill earlier this year closed West Virginia businesses and left 300,000 people without drinking water — is back in court today. He faces charges of bankruptcy fraud, wire fraud and lying under oath, and if convicted could receive up to … Read more »

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DuPont Pays $1.275M to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations

DuPont will pay $1.275 million as part of a settlement with the federal government for eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances at its Belle, W. Va. facility between May 2006 and January 2010. The EPA says several of the releases posed significant risk to people or the … Read more »

Michigan Landfill to Take Radioactive Fracking Waste

A landfill in eastern Michigan was ready to accept up to 36 tons of low-level radioactive fracking waste last week that had already been rejected from two other states, according to the Detroit News. A number of local residents, as well as the Michigan director of the Sierra Club, expressed public … Read more »

Coal Company Says EPA Partially to Blame for Layoffs

Alpha Natural Resources, a coal company based in West Virginia, has told 1,100 of its workers to prepare for layoffs because of EPA regulations and weak market conditions, according to The Hill. The company specifically stated that 11 mines across the state were “subject to being idled.” In a statement, … Read more »