Pollution

BP spill payment money could go to Minnesota, for loons

Source: 
Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota could receive up to $25 million through 2030 from BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster compensation to aid the population of migrating loons that was affected by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Oil

Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge refused on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against a New Orleans-based company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led by the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance have a right to sue Taylor Energy Company.

EPA chief: Climate plan on track despite mercury ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said she was disappointed with last week's court ruling, but said comparing the mercury rule to the nearly finalized climate plan is "comparing apples and oranges."

US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab.

The ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment, and has the support of environmentalists and officials in the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Pope Francis on home turf urges defense of poor and planet

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, stressing the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of society.

Children in traditional dress greeted Francis at Mariscal Sucre airport outside Ecuador's capital, the wind blowing off his skullcap and whipping his white cassock as he descended from the plane following a 13-hour flight from Rome. He greeted and kissed several indigenous youths waiting for him on the side of the red carpet.

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Oil

$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.

Federal and state government officials touted the record-breaking $18.7 billion agreement as a historic milestone in the Gulf Coast's recovery. The Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 rig workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude that stained beaches, coated wildlife and polluted marshes.

Feds propose one-hour notice on pipeline leaks

Source: 
The Hill

After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.

Flaring worst in Russia

Source: 
Bloomberg

Lacking the funds to combat the practice, Russia flares far more gas than any other country, Bloomberg reports.

O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says

NEW YORK (AP) — July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.

A study of 315 locations around the country found that the holiday explosions temporarily boosted the levels of airborne microscopic particles that can pose a health risk.

Meeting to cover cleanup plan for former nuke missile site

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to hold a public meeting about a proposal to use vegetable oil to stimulate the growth of naturally occurring bacteria that would clean up groundwater at a former nuclear missile site.

The project, expected to cost $36 million and take at least 200 years, is for the former Atlas D missile site 15 miles southeast of Cheyenne that was in service only for a few years in the early 1960s. The U.S. Air Force turned to newer missiles that rendered the Atlas D, among the first intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed in the U.S., obsolete.

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