Environmental Protection

Waste Handling


Idaho Lab Looks at Lasers for Cleaning Up after Chemical Attacks

In recent testing at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground, INL researchers have been using ultraviolet-wavelength lasers to scrub surfaces clean of sulfur mustard gas and VX, a nerve agent.

Electronics Conference Names ecoATM Innovative Product of the Year

The kiosk system can capture, track, and recycle mobile devices.

Kansas City, Mo., to Spend $2.5 B over 25 Years to Stop Overflows

After four years of public input, Kansas City has a plan that is expected to eliminate unauthorized sewage overflows.

TVA's Kingston Coal Ash Will be Stored Onsite

EPA OKs a plan that includes removing ash from Swan Pond Embayment, building a protective perimeter dike, and covering it.

Northeastern Students Build Waste Plastic-to-Fuel Combustor

Pyrolysis converts the solid, non-biodegradable plastic into a gas, which is then burned with oxidants to generate heat and steam.

FWS Awards $12.8 M to 31 States for Sewage Pumpout Facilities

Clean Vessel Act grants help marinas manage wastes and protect recreational waterways.

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Experiment Shows Cigarette Butts May Prevent Corrosion of N80 Steel

Extracts of cigarette butts in water protected steel that is widely used in the oil industry from rusting, even under harsh conditions.



Algal Turf Scrubber Removes Nutrients from Manure Runoff

Microbiologist Walter Mulbry's scrubber raceways collected 60 to 90 percent of the nitrogen and 70 to 100 percent of phosphorus from manure effluents.

HDR Recognized for Work on Gills Onions Project

The American Council of Engineering Companies presents the Grand Conceptor Award to HDR for waste-to-energy project.

Wastequip Showcases Latest Trends in Handling, Recycling

Annual Waste Expo provides venue for the latest technologies and applications

NYC Bill Won't Encourage More Composting, NSWMA Says

The National Solid Wastes Management Association's local chapter commented that reducing the rate cap will not have the desired effect.

EPA Offers Two Alternatives in Coal Ash Regulation

One would treat it as non-hazardous, the other as a "special waste" -- a definition selected to encourage continued reuse.

Grand Jury Indicts Ship Management Company, 2 Employees

The Department of Justice said the charges include environmental crimes, obstruction, false statements, and conspiracy related to pollution control records.

Green IT Recycling

Retiring IT Assets for Green Reasons

Disposing of outdated IT not only helps mitigate environmental risks but also delivers energy cost and productivity benefits.

DOE to Decommission, Clean Up West Valley Demo Project

Phase 1 of process includes the removal of several facilities, lagoon areas, and contaminated soils.

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Army Destroys Recovered Chemical Warfare Material

Over nearly four years, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency destroyed 1,200 munitions, the largest inventory to date.

Compactors to Help Improve East Russia City's Waste Disposal

Khabarovsk, Russia looked to sister-city, Portland, Ore., for better waste collection and disposal methods and plans to incorporate pre-load compactors into its waste transfer system.

It is estimated more than 3 billion syringes generated outside of health care are discarded in regular trash annually.

Assessing the Hidden Problem of Medical Waste Disposal

Throwing sharps containers, red bags, and spill cleanup materials into the trash sends up a red flag to commercial or municipal trash collectors because they are not allowed to take this waste.

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