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  1. Oil Refining: Fire dept. says sulfur dioxide emitted from Colorado plant

      COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — A refinery near Denver sent plumes of orange and black smoke into the air Friday after a power failure shut the plant down, leading authorities to tell people within a 1.5 mile radius of the Suncor Energy, Inc. plant to remain indoors. The company said the plumes, seen from downtown Denver, were "visible emissions" from the refinery in Commerce City which spokeswoman Nicole Fisher described as being from an uncombusted hydrocarbon. However, the Denver Fire Capt. Greg Pixley said Suncor notified authorities that it was releasing sulfur dioxide , a gas created by the burning of sulfur. The executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Dr. Larry Wolk, said officials don't know enough yet about what was in the smoke to determine if it was hazardous. However, he said authorities are reassured that the release was brief and doesn't appear to pose any immediate threat to people nearby. Suncor will submit a report to the department about the cause of the malfunction and the emissions, he said. The Environmental Protection Agency says short-term exposure to sulfur dioxide can harm the human respiratory system and make breathing difficult, especially the young, the elderly and those with asthma. Fisher said Suncor is monitoring the air around the 98,000-barrel-a-day refinery, which produces gasoline, diesel fuel and asphalt. Nearby Interstate 270 was temporarily shut down as firefighters responded to the refinery. The power outage occurred around noon and the smoke dissipated by mid-afternoon.

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    Mon, 17 Oct 2016

  2. Coal News: Judge rules Ameren Missouri plant violates Clean Air Act

    A federal judge has ruled that Ameren Missouri's coal-fired power plant near St. Louis violates the Clean Air Act and has created "significantly more pollution" since modifications were made.

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    Wed, 25 Jan 2017

  3. Rush Island Plant Found in Violation of Clean Air Act

    The ruling could require plant owner Ameren to install additional pollution control equipment at the power plant in Jefferson County.

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    Tue, 24 Jan 2017

  4. U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to EPA's sulfur dioxide limits

    The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal on an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting sulfur dioxide (SO 2 )  in the air to 75 parts per billion over one hour.

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    Wed, 23 Jan 2013

  1. Peabody Energy Honors Cleanest Coal-Fueled Power Plants in the United States

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  2. UK operators reducing offshore discharges, emissions

    Discharges to sea and emissions to the air by the UK’s oil and gas industry have fallen steadily over the past 15 years, according to Oil & Gas UK’s Environment Report 2016.

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  3. Marathon preparing revised air permit application for Detroit refinery

    Marathon Petroleum Corp. is preparing an amended application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a new air-quality permit at its Detroit refinery after city officials and residents said the original plan would increase sulfur dioxide and other emissions.

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    Wed, 30 Mar 2016

  4. Duke Power breaks ground on Marshall Steam Station sulfur dioxide scrubber

    Gov. Mike Easley joined leaders from Duke Power, Catawba County and the North Carolina Legislature Monday to break ground on a project that will reduce by approximately 90 percent the sulfur dioxide emissions at Duke Power's Marshall Steam Station.

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    Mon, 16 Feb 2004

  5. Maryland seeks emissions cuts from out-of-state coal-fired power plants

    The petition includes data that ostensibly shows that these power plants have stopped running their pollution controls effectively

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  6. Don’t rush to regulate, API officials urge Obama administration

    Federal agencies that regulate oil and gas activity should not rush to impose new requirements before the Obama administration leaves office, two American Petroleum Institute officials said one week before the Nov. 8 elections.

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    Thu, 3 Nov 2016

  7. Court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

    The Supreme Court has delayed implementation until the legal challenges are resolved

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  8. Study finds reservoirs produce about 1.3% of total greenhouse gas emissions

    The world’s reservoirs produce about 1.3% of all greenhouse gases produced by humans, according to researchers at Washington State University.

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    Fri, 7 Oct 2016

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