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Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America’s towns and cities. But many details were put off until later as regulators struggle to balance safety against the ...

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Schumer eyes credits to turn yogurt waste into fuel

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Joe Mahoney | The Daily Star While the Chobani yogurt plant in Chenango County continues to allow its whey to be used as fertilizer and cattle feed, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday he wants to create new tax incentives for the upstate dairy industry to convert the waste product into energy. Schumer said many Greek yogurt and dairy product ...

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Questions to EPA on Eagle Ford air quality met with incompetence

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses a breakfast event at the National Press Club September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.  Photo via Newscred/Getty Images

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ InsideClimate News has been reporting on the issue of air quality in South Texas’ Eagle Ford region for some time, but five months of their requests for an interview with an Environmental Protection Agency official were delayed and eventually refused. Jim Morris and Lisa Song report: On our 11 trips to Texas we encountered many residents who asked ...

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IMF cuts global growth outlook, warns of stagnation risk in rich nations

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Anna Yukhananov | Reuters WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund on Thursday chopped its 2014 forecast for global economic growth to take into account weakness early in the year in the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies. The IMF warned that only some of the factors leading to the reduction were temporary, and said richer nations in ...

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EPA chief defends power plant rule against GOP charges of overreach

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Chris Adams | McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON – The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday strongly defended the approach and legitimacy of an Obama administration power plant rule that Republicans attacked as regulatory overreach and Democrats said was vital. In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the rule ...

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Fracked, conventional gas emissions comparable, study shows

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A new study has found that natural gas from conventional and unconventional wells emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) at about the same rate when used to generate electricity. The study, which appeared in the Publishings of the National Academy of Science journal, compared estimated life-cycle GHG emission rates from hundreds of conventional gas, shale gas ...

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EDITORIAL: Missing links on the rails

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Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) Our opinion: The failure of government to adequately ensure rail safety is exposed in several recent news reports, underscoring the concerns of people living near the tracks. Is it any wonder the ponderous freight trains laden with crude oil are the source of continuing concern for residents at the Ezra Prentice Homes in Albany, and elsewhere ...

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More cities are training to handle oil tanker derailments

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Jim Adams | Star Tribune Police and firefighters in Anoka County are receiving more disaster-response training as oil trains move millions of gallons of North Dakota crude through the county and Twin Cities every day. Concerns were heightened last month, when 16 freight cars derailed in the city of Ramsey. Fortunately, the cars were empty and the incident caused no ...

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U.S. DOT cracks down on ‘oil trains’

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Jerry Zremski | Buffalo News (Buffalo, N.Y.) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration today proposed phasing out the outdated and explosion-prone rail tank cars that carry volatile crude oil through Western New York as many as 35 times a week. Under a proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, those DOT-111 tank cars would be barred from shipping most crude ...

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