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Time for Some Fresh Air

Change is in the air. Congress changed in November from Republican to Democratic leadership. A pending U.S. Supreme Court case and new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules probably will change the New Source Review requirements. These and other changes may affect how you operate your facility in 2007.

This article originally appeared in the 01/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

A 360-degree View

Our first annual roundtable is a no-holds-barred forum exploring issues affecting the environmental industry. From trends in regulations to developments in the job market, our panelists offer their insights. This roundtable is a must-read for every environmental professional who wants to be on top of new directions in our industry.

This article originally appeared in the 01/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Heavy Metal Combo

Arsenic, selenium, and mercury occur widely in nature, though at low levels, and are associated with sulfide ores, elemental sulfur, and in crude oil and coal deposits. These metals are used in the manufacture of numerous industrial products, such as semiconductors, fuel cells, photographic processes, agricultural products, preservatives and pharmaceuticals, to name just a few.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

A Sensitive Electronic Nose

A new type of electronic nose, based on ultra-fast gas chromatography, can perform analytical measurements of volatile organic vapors in near real-time with part-per-trillion sensitivity.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Preparing For a Rainy Day

When we think of pollution, most of us conjure up images of smokestacks or drums of hazardous waste. But one of the most significant sources of water pollution in the United States today is stormwater runoff, and it merits the full attention of industrial and commercial facilities alike.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

The Great Green Hope

With the demand for oil growing and our resources dwindling, new technologies will certainly help fuel our future. A variety of energy sources are competing to ease the demand and to move us forward to greener, cleaner automobiles.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

ESA Rules: Explored and Explained

The following is the second of a two-part series that analyzes new Phase 1 ESA requirements and their impact on consultants and their clients. The first part, ESA Rules: Plain English Version (Part 1) was published in the October 2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

We Need Treatment -- Now!

Communities expect safe drinking water and clean water to do business. Water treatment plants are designed to provide that commodity but unforeseen situations often arise.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.



At the Tipping Point

In the first eight months of this year, there were 10 national magazines with environmental cover stories. I lost track of the front-page and feature articles in other major print media sources.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Conquering Corrosion

Advances offer better performance, less down time

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Metrics, Las Vegas Style

For the past 30 years, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) professionals have struggled to find the definitive set of performance metrics. The reality is that, while there is no universal set, there definitely is a group of key performance indicators for your company to use in order to win the competition game.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

The Scoop on Sensor Selection

Meteorological monitoring for air quality studies has evolved over the past four decades. During the summer of 1956 an experimental program to study micrometeorology and dispersion from near-surface releases was conducted near the town of O'Neil in north-central Nebraska.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

ESA Rules: Plain English Version (Part 1)

The following is the first of a two-part series that analyzes new Phase 1 ESA requirements and their impact on consultants and their clients. The second part is scheduled to be published in the November/December 2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

On Golden Swamp

Hurricane Katrina left a wake of devastation in its path -- thousands dead, New Orleans flooded, a whole population displaced, and billions of dollars in destruction all along the Gulf Coast. A true national disaster, Katrina revealed the coast's vulnerability.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Wildcatting In Wastewater

Since last year, when crude oil prices soared and gasoline topped $3 per gallon, requests for skimmers to be used for recycling oil from plant wash water, municipal wastewater, machine shop coolant, and contaminated groundwater have increased 25 percent according to one major supplier of oil skimming equipment.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Aboveboard Compliance

Aboveground storage tanks help facilities that store large quantities of fuel better comply with NPDES permits through improved stormwater handling

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Resurrecting the Dead Zone

The Dead Zone -- sounds creepy doesn't it? But what is it? It's a crisis that's attacking oceans and bays throughout the world, and a reality more frightening than current governmental policies and actions have led the public to believe.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Meeting MACT Head-On

The DuPont Front Royal plant has been the leading name in the automotive refinishing industry. DuPont Performance Coatings, formed from DuPont Automotive finishes and DuPont's acquisition of Herberts, is the world's largest supplier of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket coatings and the world's third largest coatings company, overall.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

The New Deal

Accrual and disclosure practices of public companies related to their environmental liabilities have long been perceived to be inconsistent and generally inadequate. Recent developments, such as Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Interpretation number 47, known as FIN47 in most circles, have tightened up the disclosure rules, especially in relation to environmental liabilities.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

PPCPs' Double Life

Each and every one of us contribute to water pollution. "Not I," you say? Well, if you use personal care products, such as shampoos, lotions, or antiperspirants, you do. If you take any kind of medication, over-the-counter or prescription, you do.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

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