Environmental Protection

Environmental Health and Safety


APWA Collaborates on Consortium’s New White Paper

The American Public Works Association (APWA) will be teaming up with 20 national organizations in the new version of Homeland Security Consortium’s (NHSC) white paper, “Protecting Americans in the 21st Century: Priorities for 2012 and Beyond.”

EP 2012 New Product of the Year Winners Announced

The contest attracted a record number of entries in 10 categories ranging from Air Quality and Climate to Wastewater.

Clean Diesel School Bus Grants Awarded by Ohio EPA

Children in eight Ohio school districts will benefit from Ohio EPA grants awarded to install pollution control equipment on 75 buses and idle reduction technology on 68 buses as part of Ohio EPA’s Clean Diesel School Bus Grant program.

Mine Waste Has Great CO2 Storage Potential

A mining engineer and geologist says it’s time to economically value the greenhouse gas-trapping potential of mine waste and start making money from it.

Company to Pay Millions for Clean Water Act Violations

The EPA and the Department of Justice announced that Roquette America, Inc. will pay a $4.1 million civil penalty for violations of the Clean Water Act and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit at its grain processing facility in Keokuk, Iowa.

Nanomaterials May Help Clean Up the Environment

Researchers have presented an extensive analysis of the role of nanomaterials in environmental remediation and monitoring, which can be used to clean up toxins and bacteria from natural waters, wastewaters, and the air.

Sewage Problems Caused by Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, millions of gallons of raw sewage are being dumped into New Jersey waterways. Scientists from the University of Delaware are using satellites to predict the sludge’s track into the ocean.

The Cleanup of Severely Contaminated Groundwater Sites May Have to Wait

According to a report from the National Research Council, there are at least 126,000 contaminated groundwater sites across the U.S. that requires remediation. Of these, 10 perfect are considered “complex”, which means that restoration is unlikely to happen in the next 50 to 100 years because of technical limitations.



EPA Selects Eurofins Eaton to Provide Water Quality Testing

Eurofins Eaton Analytical, a U.S. water testing laboratory, has been selected by the EPA to provide water quality testing services to communities with populations below 10,000 people.

New Mobile Apps for Spraying Insecticide

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have released two mobile phone apps to make things easier for anyone needing to adjust insecticide spray equipment.

Sugary Approach Discovered to Help Metal Casting Production

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that sugar can help reduce toxicity in the production of metal casting parts.

Electric Company and School District Promote Environmental Responsibility with New Program

Schneider Electric’s Conserve My Planet Program helps students, faculty and staff cut energy costs by $73,000 in the Allen Independent School District.

GE Wastewater Treatment Technology Installed at Bioreactor Facility in Utah

GE’s wastewater treatment technology is now in use at the largest membrane bioreactor (MBR) facility in the state of Utah, providing reliable treatment of wastewater that exceeds current regulatory effluent discharge requirements.

Carbon in Soil Plays a Role in Global Change

A research team has discovered that a source of carbon emissions could help scientists understand past and future global change.

MRSA Found in US Wastewater Treatment Plants

A team of researchers led at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that the superbug MRSA is prevalent in several wastewater treatment plants across the U.S.

USGS Sampling Water in Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath

The U.S. Geological Survey crews are sampling water nutrients, sediment, and pesticides in order to document water quality in areas affected by the hurricane.

Wastewater Tunnel Project Completed in Austin

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held earlier this week to celebrate the completion of Austin’s Downtown Wastewater Tunnel project, which has improved wastewater collection for the central and downtown areas of the city.

A construction worker admires New Harmony, a green affordable housing development in Davis, CA.

Green Construction and Retrofitting Creates More Jobs

Green building and energy efficiency retrofits of affordable housing not only help struggling families find decent places to live, but also help create more jobs for the economy than traditional building methods.

Nanosilver in Clothing Can Create Environmental Issues

According to a new study, silver nanoparticles in clothing can have a severe environmental impact on the environment. The nanosilver, which is toxic to bacteria and higher organisms, is released into water systems after clothing has been washed.

New Study to Determine the Air Quality Effects of Open Fire Cooking

The National Center for Atmospheric Research is launching a three-year, international study to determine the impact open-fire cooking has on regional air quality and disease.

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