"Even if we didn't agree with how things were being done, we had to keep quiet and work fast," said Yoshitatsu Uechi, 48, a mechanic and former bus driver, who was one of a crew of 17 workers recruited in Okinawa and sent to Fukushima in June 2012- among the thousands of workers from across Japan who have put together the emergency water tanks and stabilized the plant after three reactor meltdowns that were triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.» Read More
NBC News' Joe Fryer reports Colorado is keeping an eye on 10 oil spills, where 2 are considered significant.
*China to cut coal use to below 65 pct of energy by 2017. BEIJING, Sept 12- China unveiled comprehensive new measures to tackle air pollution on Thursday, with plans to slash coal consumption and close polluting mills, factories and smelters, but experts said implementing the bold targets would be a major challenge.
*China to cut coal use to below 65 pct of energy by 2017. BEIJING, Sept 12- China unveiled comprehensive new measures to tackle air pollution on Thursday, with plans to close old polluting steel mills, cement factories and aluminium smelters, as well as slash coal consumption and boost nuclear power and natural gas use.
TOKYO, Sept 11- Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tepco Electric's response to the world's worst atomic disaster in a quarter century has been called ad hoc and more concerned with cost than safety, but 30 months later, the utility is still in charge.
TOKYO, Sept 4- Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked by more than a fifth to their highest levels, Japan's nuclear regulator said, heightening concerns about the clean-up of the worst atomic disaster in almost three decades.
*Japan to spend nearly 50 bln yen at Fukushima plant. TOKYO, Sept 3- Japan pledged nearly $500 million to contain leaks and decontaminate radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, stepping up government efforts to cope with the legacy of the worst atomic disaster in a quarter of a century.
*Japan to spend nearly 50 bln yen at Fukushima plant. TOKYO, Sept 3- Japan pledged nearly $500 million to contain leaks and decontaminate radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, as the government stepped up its intervention in the worst atomic disaster in a quarter century.
HOUSTON, Aug 30- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday said it will seek comments on how to restart the licensing process for the long-stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project.
The Securities and Futures Commission says it has evidence that China Metal Recycling, a $1.43 billion company that describes itself as China's largest recycler of scrap metal, exaggerated its financial position when it listed in Hong Kong in 2009..
NEW DELHI, July 12- An environmental report into India's biggest copper smelter found no major irregularities in its operation or any negative impact on air quality during an inspection, but calls for safety audits, regular maintenance and better air quality monitoring.
July 9- An inactive natural gas well in the shallow Gulf of Mexico suffered a blowout on Tuesday as operators were trying to permanently plug the well, causing an oil sheen that briefly rekindled memories of the BP Plc spill three years ago.
The fireball that engulfed the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the middle of the night is already stirring a debate about the safety of shipping crude oil and petroleum products by rail.
JAKARTA, June 25- Indonesia's president has apologised for the raging forest fires that have blanketed its neighbours Singapore and Malaysia with thick smog in Southeast Asia's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years.
SINGAPORE, June 24- Singapore and Malaysia could face a bigger economic impact than from their worst air pollution crisis 16 years ago if slash-and-burn fires in Indonesia continue to rage in the coming weeks, turning off tourists and raising business costs.
SINGAPORE/ JAKARTA, June 22- Air quality in Singapore improved significantly to "moderate" pollution levels on Saturday, as Indonesian planes waterbombed raging forest fires and investigators scrambled to determine the cause of one of Southeast Asia's worst air pollution crises.
*Indonesia blames eight companies for fires. JAKARTA, June 21- Indonesia deployed military planes to fight raging forest fires on Friday that blanketed neighbouring Singapore in record levels of hazardous smog for a third straight day in one of Southeast Asia's worst air-pollution crises.
JAKARTA, June 21- Military planes water-bombed Indonesian forest fires that worsened on Friday and blanketed neighbouring Singapore in record levels of hazardous smog for a third straight day in one of Southeast Asia's worst air-pollution crises.
Fears in China are rife that pollution is out of control after 6,000 dead pigs were cleared from a Shanghai river.
Chinese media on Monday called on the government to improve air quality, days after the Beijing's pollution index went off the charts. CNBC's China correspondent Eunice Yoon reports from the Chinese capital.
Debating whether the passage of the House bill to eliminate the regulatory burden on the cement industry is "anti-environment", with Rep. Robert Andrews, (D-NJ), and Rep. David Schweikert, (R-AZ).