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Nearly 4,000 California businesses may disregard water conservation calls

Due to outdated legislation that grants some of them senior rights, about 4,000 businesses and farms in the state are free to use as much water as they want.
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Canadian researchers work on new water treatment method to cut carbon dioxide emissions

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are working on a new technology that uses carbon dioxide and wastewater from oil and gas operations to produce reusable water.
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Titanium parts manufacturer to pay record fine over toxic waste contamination

Texas-based titanium parts manufacturer Titanium Metals Corporation is to pay a fine of $13.75 million for manufacturing and disposing of polychlorinated biphenyls without authorization.
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EPA reconsiders approval of Pennsylvania injection well permit

EPA has changed its mind on giving the green light to a 7,300-foot-deep injection well in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
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Defunct energy company to pay record penalty for environmental damage

The now-defunct Kerr-McGee Corporation, which was taken over by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in 2006, will have to pay a record penalty of $5.15 billion under a settlement reached with the Department of Justice.
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Fracking could pose threat to water utilities, report warns

Potential contamination, reduced water supplies and infrastructure and cost pressure due to fracking mean that water utilities could suffer severe credit deterioration.
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Environmental group sues EPA over delayed marine sanitation device standards update

Court documents state that the group wants to see the EPA held accountable for failing to update rules regarding discharges of treated sewage from marine vessels of all sizes that are equipped with a toilet on board.
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Texas family wins lawsuit against fracking company

A family from North Texas was awarded close to $3 million in damages after a jury found that their air and water had been contaminated by an oil and gas company.
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South Africa to produce potable water from mine drainage

South Africa's government is mulling over plans to treat the water leaking from numerous gold mines to help meet drinking water demand.
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GE, Saudi Aramco launch project to improve desalination technologies

Saudi Aramco and GE will award a $200,000 grant to the winners of a competition for the best desalination technology ideas that can lower costs and improve efficiencies.
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