Environmental Protection

Waste Handling


Researchers Use Fungus to Decompose Plastic Containing BPA

Researchers pretreated polycarbonate with ultraviolet light and heat and exposed it to fungi, which broke down the plastic without releasing bisphenol A.

Asbestos Violations at Newport Naval Station Result in Fines

Goel Services, A.A. Asbestos Abatement and the Naval Station allegedly violated the Clean Air Act and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for asbestos.

EPA to Assess Hazwaste Recycling Rule Impact on Disadvantaged

The agency has scheduled meetings on Jan. 28, Feb. 23, and Feb. 25 to gain input on the draft methodology.

PennFuture, Group File Appeal on Mine Water Treatment Permit

Attorneys say mining company is using less stringent, emergency cleanup standards in a non-emergency situation.

NCPA Report: Nuclear Power Is Safe, Could Answer Energy Mandates

Recycling nuclear fuel would decrease the problem of nuclear waste disposal, the report says.

Nebraska Suit Seeks to Halt Infectious Waste Companies' Merger

The Nebraska lawsuit proposes that Stericycle and MedServe must divest all of MedServe's assets used to collect and treat infectious waste in four states before the merger can go through.



Recycling Facility

The Proper Package for Fluorescent Lamps

Energy-saving fluorescent lamps pose mercury vapor risks when broken and require special packaging for their transport to recycling facilities.

Lithuania Adopts Andra's Radioactive Waste Disposal Concept

Andra signed a commercial contract with Lithuania in the framework of a consortium led by Areva TA.

FPMA Committee Chair Rallies for Florida Cleanup Funds

Florida Petroleum Marketers Association says that more than $200 million from a cleanup trust was swept into the general fund for other programs.

NRC to Webcast Meeting on LowLevel Waste Disposal Problems

The Oct. 7 public meeting will explore how hospitals, universities, and others who use radioactive materials in conducting research are affected by having limited access to low-level waste disposal facilities.

Oregon Passes Paint Producer Responsibility Law

Leftover paint is the largest component of local household hazardous waste collection programs, and now in Oregon, manufacturers will be managing it.

Financial Assurance Rule to Target Hardrock Mining

EPA plans to propose rule to ensure that owners and operators of hardrock mines pay for cleanup.

13 States to Get $45 M in Stimulus for UST Cleanup

EPA is using stimulus funds to help states address underground storage tank leaks, which can contaminate groundwater.

Case Study: Recycling Sulfur Material

Managers at a petroleum refinery in Kenai, Alaska, wanted to recycle over 36,000 tons of sulfur but a depressed sulfur market ($100 a ton) made the recovery effort unfeasible. When the price increased to $500 a ton at the end of 2007, the refinery contacted AIMM Technologies, Inc., a Texas-based petroleum service company.

Associations Honor 28 Solid Waste Industry Professionals

More than two dozen men and women were honored for their service to the field at a ceremony sponsored by the Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA), and the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC).

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