Environmental Protection

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Zahn-Wellen Is a Test You Should Know

Pre-testing aqueous wastewater streams to determine biodegradability doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, much less drag on for months.

Opinion

Why the Ethanol Import Tariff Should be Repealed

Record prices for gasoline are increasing the costs of producing, transporting, and processing food products.

Port of Long Beach: "Clean Before We Grow"

As a "real estate leasing company," the Port of Long Beach, Calif., does not make pollution but does own it -- in the sense that the port is ensuring that tenants and users do their part in meeting environmental standards.

Catching Wind for Clean Water

Attica, N.Y., and Seattle, Wash., both have found success in accomplishing their goals using aeration powered by wind energy.

The Green Fleet

Brian Griley, president of Southern Counties Express (SCE), knows his industry. He is a third-generation trucking businessman, but the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are changing the rules of the road.

Curbing Pollution through Outreach

Municipalities often tackle stormwater pollution using technology, a system of inspections and enforcement, and routine catch basin upkeep. These methods can abate stormwater pollution, but they do not address the root of the problem: people and businesses, oftentimes unknowingly, engage in polluting behaviors.

Opinion

Will EPA be Forced to Issue a Climate Change Endangerment Finding?

On April 2, 2008, exactly one year after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, 12 states, supported by an additional five states as amicus curiae, as well as the District of Columbia, the cities of New York and Baltimore, and a number of environmental organizations, filed a petition for mandamus with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act on remand within 60 days.

The Wetland-Landfill Connection

Wetlands are complex reactors that facilitate numerous chemical and biological reactions, and these reactions can be exploited to remove pollutants. Today, engineers are able to design wetland systems that can clean up landfill leachate onsite.



The Future Is Water Collaboration

Detroit is known as the Motor City, but water may be its most vital resource. Detroit’s decision in the 1950s to build large water mains in the suburbs and connect them to its water plants pumped the economic and population growth of southeastern Michigan.

A Volatile Time

If you're a security integrator working with companies that store or produce chemical or petroleum products, your clients have probably asked for assistance with the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism standard (CFAS).

Assessing EMF Risks

Every time you turn around, you can see technology. Most of it uses electrical energy that creates electromagnetic fields (EMFs), but is this a problem?

E-Junk is No Joke

The constant quest for faster, more efficient electronics has created an international waste disposal nightmare because electronic components frequently contain lead, mercury, cadmium, and other toxic materials. The need for responsible electronics stewardship is urgent.

Opinion

Land Rush

As record oil prices pinch the wallets of average Americans, the natural gas and oil industry is increasingly asserting that leasing more wild, public lands to natural gas and oil drilling could solve this crisis.

ACE08 Preview Package

Water professionals will converge on drought-stricken Atlanta for the American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 8-12 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Case Study: Air Cycle

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), the global leader in commercial real estate services, manages more than 1.7 billion square feet of buildings around the world. It also has to comply with federal and local rules for ballast, battery, and lamp recycling.

Case Study: Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Poor indoor air quality is harmful to building occupants, but in a biotech lab, it can also compromise sensitive research and laboratory experiments.

Case Study: Colorado Springs

Officials in Colorado Springs, Colo., had two pressured water mains leaking clean, treated drinking water. One main was a 540-foot section running underneath Fountain Creek and the other was a 500-foot section running under Interstate 25 and two railroad tracks.

Case Study: Poughkeepsie

It is now three years since Poughkeepsies' Water Treatment Facility in New York installed six Aquionics' ultraviolet disinfection systems for drinking water treatment.

Standby generators lower backup risk

Case Study: Camas, Wash.

Like many expanding suburbs, Camas, Wash., faced the problem of how to update an aging infrastructure—in particular, its sewage collection system—to meet the needs of the city’s growing population.

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