RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Canadian-based owner of a gold mine in northern Nevada has agreed to pay a $182,000 civil penalty for failing to correctly report to federal environmental regulators the release of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals — including arsenic and cyanide — into the air and ground.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Thursday with Veris Gold USA, a subsidiary of the Vancouver-based Veris Gold Corp.
Information available to regulators on chemicals in the 2 billion gallons of oil and gas drilling waste fluids injected daily into disposal wells or reused in enhanced oil recovery operations is limited by a mix of state and federal rules, the Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday.
In an audit of eight states, including shale drilling boom states Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania, GAO found that federal law allowing states to regulate the wells has led to a patchwork of knowledge and monitoring of buried fluids.
Wyoming power plants can hold off on installing pollution control equipment while a legal challenge to Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness is decided, according to a ruling from federal judges in Denver, The Associated Press reports.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Water pollution disasters in Mexico have turned into political battles as officials struggled Wednesday to blame each other for the problems.
A town in western Jalisco state is fighting state officials over what caused the death of more than 200 tons of fish at a local lake.
Jalisco state inspectors said Tuesday that the fish, a species of chub, were killed by high levels of sewage dumped into Lake Cajititlan. The head of the state forensics office, Marco Antonio Cuevas Contreras, said fecal coliform levels were six times higher than permissible limits. "The death of the fish ... was caused by the lack of oxygen due to the high level of pollution in the lake," he said.
The White House on Monday leveled a veto threat against a bill backed by House Republicans to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's "Waters of the U.S." rule, which is intended to clarify federal water pollution jurisdiction over streams and wetlands.
The threat is not likely to be carried out, as the bill is expected to get no attention by the Democratic-led Senate after being passed this week in the House. It was the latest sign of pre-election sparring, however, between the GOP and Obama administration over the rulemaking and its broader environmental policies.
Carbon emissions from Australia’s biggest electricity grid saw the biggest two-month increase in a decade following Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s move to ditch the country’s carbon tax, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Sen. James Inhofe late Wednesday pushed back against the Obama administration's plan to pursue a new strategy to cut methane releases from oil and gas drilling and processing, the latest indication of concerns by industry and its backers with the prospect of direct regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the White House, Inhofe, R-Okla., said the agency "lacks a fundamental understanding of the industry’s practices and inner workings" as shown in the five white papers on methane sources and potential solutions that it issued earlier this year for peer review and public comment.
Costco will pay $335,000 in civil penalties and spend nearly $2 million over the next three years to cut releases of ozone-depleting refrigerant chemicals at 274 stores nationwide, under a settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.
The head of EPA's enforcement office, Cynthia Giles, said the popular warehouse chain failed from 2004 to 2007 to repair leaks of the hydroflurocarbon refrigerant R-22, and did not keep repair records for its refrigerators during that time, as required under the law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA's outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion.
The GOP chorus denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency move to lower the ozone standard was joined by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., senior figures on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Republican Senate caucus, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna, oil prices recovered Wednesday from earlier drops triggered by word of a greater-than-expected increase in U.S. crude inventories as well as a comment from Saudi Arabia's oil minister that there would be no need for a production cut. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery slipped just 3 cents to $74.06 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 5 cents lower to $78.28, Bloomberg reports.
Freeport LNG has closed on financing deals – from Japanese sources -- for two of three planned liquefaction trains at its export facility, and should begin construction on its plant in Quintana, Texas this week, with operation projected to start in 2018, FuelFix reports.
Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.
The legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule could revolve around what’s meant by the words “adjacent” and “neighboring,” as well as how the regulation defines a flood plain, E&E reports.
After a shareholder lawsuit filed to stop the $2.86 billion merger announced in June between C&J Energy Services and the fracking business of Nabors Industries, a judge in Delaware Tuesday ordered a 30-day suspension to allow for competing offers, but C&J said it would appeal, FuelFix reports.
Oncor’s proposal to install battery storage across the grid in Texas is coming in for criticism from a state lawmaker – Republican State Sen. Troy Fraser said his support for the $5.2 billion project came before he realized an increase in transmission rates would be part of the package, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Speaking about the failure of Google’s renewable energy project RE<C, two engineers, writing in IEE Spectrum recently, said trying to fight climate change using only existing technologies like wind and solar energy won’t work, Fox News reports.