Toxic sludge flood in Hungary is a wake-up call

By Scott Cardiff

October 6, 2010

Around a million tons of toxic alumina refinery waste -- red sludge -- broke through a dam this week in Hungary and flooded a large area. Several people died in the flood, and hundreds were injured by the flood and the caustic waste. And the impacts have just begun.

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Tagged with: waste, red mud, bauxite, disaster, aluminum, dam, alumina, irresponsible, hungary, flood

Common sense verified: independent panel verifies EPA's contention that mountaintop removal coal mining harms streams

By Alan Septoff

October 1, 2010

In yesterday's Charleston (WV) Gazette:

An independent science advisory team has issued a draft report that supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's conclusion that mountaintop removal is causing serious damage to Appalachian streams.

In a 75-page report, a 15-member panel of scientists from around the country agreed with EPA's conclusion that valley fills are increasing levels of electrical conductivity downstream from mining operations and threatening stream life.

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Tagged with: epa, science advisory board, coal mining, mountaintop removal, charleston gazette

Texas OGAP to hold meeting to provide feedback on Texas oversight of drilling/fracking.

By Alan Septoff

September 24, 2010

Last year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality established a new policy for reporting gas drilling odors. It doesn't concern itself with water pollution or anything underground. Just the air.

Eight months later, the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project wants to check in with TCEQ -- and the people affected -- to show them how effective this new policy is.

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Tagged with: fracking, drilling, texas ogap, tceq, odor

We need to clean up old uranium messes, and make sure we have rules to prevent new ones, before we mine more uranium

By Lauren Pagel

September 24, 2010

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources conducted a hearing concerning H.R. 4817. The bill would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 and give uncertified States and Indian tribes authority to use payments to take care of certain noncoal (i.e. uranium) reclamation projects.

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Tagged with: new mexico, abandoned mines, uranium, smcra, energy and minerals, hr4817

TCEQ sees no evil in current gas industry oversight. Texas family sees otherwise.

By Alan Septoff

September 23, 2010

Last year, after concerted pressure demonstrating that its non-regulation of natural gas extraction and infrastructure industry was harming its citizens, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced new policies to protect Texas citizens from irresponsible companies.

Eight months later, EARTHWORKS' Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project is going to hold a public meeting to review how those new policies are doing. But TCEQ doesn t want to participate.

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Tagged with: public health, toxics, texas ogap, barnett shale, tceq, parr

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