November 1, 2006, was an historic day for the environmental due diligence industry. That’s the date the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) rule took effect, changing the environmental due diligence requirements for those seeking to qualify for cleanup liability protection under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
- By Dianne Crocker, Elizabeth Sherwood Krol, P.G.
- Dec 03, 2008
Union Park in downtown Las Vegas is one of the most ambitious brownfield redevelopment programs in the country.
- By Gary Carter, P.E., C.E.M., Daniel Burns, P.G., C.E.M.
- Nov 21, 2008
Have you ever wondered what happens to the glass, metal, and plastic you set out for recycling?
American Rivers, a river conservation organization, recently commended the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for promoting water efficiency as the first source of supply in its recently released study,
Exploiting the biological complexity of natural systems to cope with the complexity of industrial waste streams is becoming a more attractive option because engineered treatment wetlands typically are mechanically simple and have low operation and maintenance costs.
- By Mark Liner
- Nov 14, 2008
Over the past five years, desalination has gained significant momentum in California. With more than 10 projects in various stages of environmental review, design, and construction, desalination is planned to provide 1,500 to 2,000 million liters per day (ml/d) of new fresh drinking water supplies for the state by 2015.
Many electric generating utilities that burn coal are engaged in retrofit projects using flue gas desulfurization (FGD) to meet emissions standards mandated by Phase 2 of the Clean Air Act.
- By Chris Edmonds
- Nov 07, 2008
Old ways of doing business are acceptable today if they comply with regulations and get the job done efficiently.
I believe that access to sanitation and water is a key component of human rights.
- By Rebecca West
- Nov 03, 2008
Killing weeds isn't one of the primary responsibilities of a water and wastewater management facility, but it does require some care to do the job well and in compliance with California's Title 3 Pesticide Regulations.
Cloudcroft, N.M., holds more than one important distinction. It is home to the nation’s highest golf course at 9,000 feet, and its residents have implemented an integrated water conservation and indirect potable reuse project to supplement spring and well water with treated wastewater effluent.
Environmental auditing had its genesis in the 1970s as a couple of newsworthy environmental incidents (for example, Love Canal and the Valley of the Drums) spurred EPA to promulgate a slew of new regulations.
- By Russell R. Boesch, Kevin D. Fulmer
- Oct 21, 2008
Motor carriers must remain focused while transporting whatever they carry, especially if the cargo is hazardous materials.
- By Peter Dannecker
- Oct 21, 2008
In some ways, the 21st century has, so far, been a hostile time, with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, multiple school shootings, bombings in London and Spain, reports of increased border traffic and violence, and more.
- By Megan Weadock
- Oct 20, 2008
Having the annual WEFTEC conference in Chicago, just two weeks before the much anticipated Election Day can be a blessing or a burden.
- By L. K. Williams
- Oct 15, 2008
The Stickney Water Reclamation Plant and Abbott Laboratory Wastewater Pretreatment Plant tours are all about extremes.
- By L. K. Williams
- Oct 14, 2008
Excerpts of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) prepared remarks for a Sept. 24 hearing on the Bush Administration's environmental record.
China's capital city has a long history of water scarcity. In recent years, rapid economic growth, pollution, and a population reaching 17 million have intensified the problem. It is estimated that Beijing's water availability per capita is 30 times below the international average.
- By Niann-Tsyr Yuen
- Oct 03, 2008
Serrano Water District in Villa Park, Calif., agreed to implement and test a water treatment system at the Villa Park Dam in an effort to explore affordable solutions for reducing high levels of iron and manganese in its water stream.