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Researchers use bacteria to remove lead from wastewater

Chinese researchers claim that they have engineered bacteria that can efficiently remove lead from wastewater from various industrial processes.
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Study raises concerns over leaks from fracking wells

Scientists have warned that at least 6 percent of fracking wells could suffer structural defects that could lead to leaks and contaminate the environment.
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Citgo faces $197 million fine for Lake Charles oil spill

Oklahoma-based refiner Citgo Petroleum Corp. may face a $197 million fine for the 2006 oil spill at its refinery in Lake Charles, La.
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Fluoride removal system to be installed at Texas treatment plant

An arsenic and fluoride treatment plant located in Andrews, Texas, is to become the largest in the U.S.
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Duke Energy under scrutiny over discharge into North Carolina river

While North Carolina authorities and federal agencies are investigating the toxic coal ash spill from Duke Energy's power plant into the Dan River last month, the company may still be discharging harmful chemicals into waterways.
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Coal companies to pay record $27.5 million fine for Clean Water Act violations

Coal mining company Alpha Natural Resources, Alpha Appalachian Holdings and 66 subsidiaries have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $27.5 million for thousands of permit violations.
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Connecticut environmental groups call for ban on fracking wastewater

Connecticut may impose a ban on storing and recycling wastewater generated as a byproduct of natural gas operations if lawmakers decide to move ahead with a proposed bill.
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Los Angeles City Council approves fracking moratorium

The Planning and Land Use Management Committee of Los Angeles has approved two motions that could lead to a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional oil and gas extraction practices.
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Nutrient pollution in EU drops despite manufacturing output increase

Most European countries have made significant progress in tackling nutrient pollution in water, even though industry output in many sectors that contribute to contamination has increased in recent years.
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Fracking accounts for half of total water consumption in some Texas counties

Oil and gas companies in Texas may face a severe shortage of water for their fracking operations if they continue to drill at current rates, according to a new report.
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