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  • Dirty Tar Sands Fuel is Headed for the East Coast

    Motorists from Maine to Maryland will soon be filling their tanks with gas increasingly derived from dirty Canadian tar sands oil, a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says. A flood of dirty fuel into these East Coast states would undercut their efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The NRDC report ...

  • Grandstanding on Keystone XL tar sands pipeline changes nothing

    The Senate voted today on an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) that would support building the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The non-binding measure received majority support but does not approve the pipeline. Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued this statement on the measure: “The ...

  • European Commission buries new data on tar sand impacts

    Canadian pressure for u-turn on EU clean fuel law Brussels, Belgium - A scientific report (1) for the European Commission, published online yesterday and then immediately withdrawn, has confirmed that carbon emissions from Canadian tar sand oil production are ‘significantly higher than...industry-average emissions from conventional fuels’.  In 2008, the EU agreed a law setting a ...

  • Flash point determination of Asphalt, Tar and Bitumen by use of Grabner miniflash

    Measuring flashpoint of asphalt, bitumen or tar is a most challenging test. Industrial coal tar pitch for example is solid at ambient temperature, softens around 100-130°C and becomes fully liquid at 180°C. When cooled down the tar sample becomes rock solid in seconds, making it difficult to clean flashpoint testing equipment and to continue with the measurements. The MINIFLASH flashpoint tester ...

  • House Demonstrates Support for a Presidential Veto of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    The House vote today forcing approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline came with a silver lining: There are more than enough lawmakers to sustain a well-deserved presidential veto of the ill-considered legislation. The following is a statement by Danielle Droitsch, Canada Project Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The House-passed bill is wrong for our ...

  • Pipeline spill underlines fears of new tar sands development

    The type of oil that flowed through the Enbridge pipeline when it ruptured in Calhoun County on July 25 is far more damaging to the environment than regular crude at every stage, from extraction to refining, and poses higher risks when spilled into lakes and rivers. Despite denials by Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel, the million gallons of oil that spilled into the Kalamazoo River watershed last ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Ready to Provide the Best Measurement Solutions to Agriculture

    In October we were happy to welcome to our head office in Delft two engineers from BKC WeatherSys Pvt. Ltd. of New Delhi. BKC is our exclusive distributor for India and provides turn-key technology and service solutions for the weather, power, aviation and solar energy sectors. Recently BKC noticed growing interest for the scientific measurement of atmospheric properties in agriculture and has ...


    By Kipp & Zonen

  • Senate Panel’s Keystone XL Measure about Politics and Bad Policy

    The Senate Energy Committee today considered yet another political ploy by some in Congress to force construction of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which will worsen climate change and jeopardize communities along its route. Anthony Swift, an attorney in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s International Program, made this statement concerning the Keystone XL ...

  • Dirty energy keystone XL Measure has no place in clean energy bill

    During the Senate’s work today on the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill, several senators debated a proposed Senate measure supporting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would worsen climate change. The Natural Resources Defense Council maintains that the Shaheen-Portman bill should be kept free of amendments that would make it impossible for this bipartisan ...

  • Bloomberg LP Launches First Tool That Measures Risk of ‘Unburnable Carbon’ Assets

    In a move that underscores Wall Street’s growing unease over the business-as-usual strategy of the world’s fossil fuel companies Bloomberg L.P. unveiled a tool last week that helps investors quantify for the first time how climate policies and related risks might batter the earnings and stock prices of individual oil, coal and natural gas ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • NRDC calls on major airlines to steer clear of highly polluting new fuel types

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today urged 15 major U.S. and Canadian airlines and The Boeing Company to publicly oppose the use of jet fuel made from highly polluting sources including liquefied coal, oil shale, and so-called “tar sands,” and called on the airlines to join a campaign seeking increased investment in cleaner fuels throughout the airline industry.  “The aviation ...

  • What Happened to Canada?

    The real record on how the pro-oil government is trampling on speech, science, the environment and its own credibility…all in the name of tar sands As Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper digs his heels in by saying he “won’t take ...

  • Efficient exhaust air purification for drying and painting processes

    Dürr Environmental and Energy Systems optimizes exhaust air purification for the automotive industry and perfectly coordinates it with the latest drying and painting processes. Painting and drying of car bodies produce gaseous pollutants that have to be removed from the air depending on the paint system and statutory requirements. Recuperative incinerators, e.g. the Ecopure TAR from ...

  • European Parliament adopts a weakened fuel quality law after 8 years of fierce lobbying by Canada and Big Oil

    The full European Parliament today narrowly approved weak fuel quality rules that fail to discourage oil companies from using and investing in the world’s dirtiest oil such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid. 337 MEPs voted against because they found the rules too weak, more than the 325 who approved them. But it fell short of the qualified majority of 376 needed for rejection. ...

  • Benzo[a]pyrene Found to be Carcinogenic in EPA’s Draft Toxicology Review

    Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft Toxicology Review of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) under the auspices of the agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program. According to the review, benzo[a]pyrene is carcinogenic to humans based on strong and consistent evidence in animals and humans. Benzo[a]pyrene is a five-ring polycyclic ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • House overwhelmingly approves Keystone XL pipeline

    The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Friday authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation after a Nebraska court removed a major obstacle. The House voted 266-153 to approve measure, with 28 Democrats voting in support. It was one of the first pieces of legislation considered by the Republican-controlled Congress and the 10th ...


    By Associated Press

  • Boothwyn, Pa., roofing company cited by US Labor Department`s OSHA for exposing workers to excessive heat hazards

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited United States Roofing Corp. for a serious violation of its general duty clause related to exposing workers to heat hazards while they performed hot tar roofing operations at Chichester Middle School in Boothwyn. OSHA proposed a $7,000 fine, the maximum penalty permitted for a serious violation, after its July ...

  • Report on rail risks boosts Keystone XL

    A government warning about the dangers of increased use of trains to transport crude oil is giving a boost to supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules on so-called oil trains, warning that a "major loss of life" could result ...


    By Associated Press

  • 5-year review completed at pine street canal superfund site

    EPA has completed the second five-year review of the remedial actions previously implemented at the Pine Street Canal Superfund Site located in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. Five-year reviews are mandated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (commonly known as “Superfund”). This second five-year review concluded that while the remedy ...

  • Lowest Streamflow in 110 Years Recorded in North Carolina

    RALEIGH, North Carolina, August 31, 2007 (ENS) - The lowest average August streamflow in 110 years of North Carolina recordkeeping was measured last month on the Tar River at Tarboro, in the east-central part of the state. Streamflow figures released by the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, on Friday show that the hot, dry days of August brought record lows to many of the state’s rivers and streams ...

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