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Online Training for NPDES Permit Writers Available

High demand has persuaded EPA to record presentations and make them available through its website.

Blink EV Charging Station Earns the UL Mark

ECOtality's electric vehicle home charger receives safety and FCC approval.

EPA Halts Mining Waste Disposal in Appalachian Waters at Proposed Mine

EPA will use its authority under the Clean Water Act to halt the proposed disposal of mining waste in streams at the Mingo-Logan Coal Company’s Spruce No. 1 coal mine.

$7M in STAR Grants Target Effects of Exposures, Social Stressors

EPA is asking universities to gather comprehensive community-wide data on human health impacts,

ITT Corporation to Spin Off Water, Defense Businesses

The company will separate its businesses into three corporations, focusing on technology, water, and defense and information.

EPA Fines Fertilizer Distributors for Not Updating Risk-Management Plans

Two Washington ammonia fertilizer distributors have agreed to pay more than $33,000 for failing to update their plans for preventing chemical releases at eight facilities throughout Washington.

Oil Spill Commission's Final Report: Systematic Failures in Risk Management

The European Union's energy commissioner, meanwhile, is watching the U.S. actions and will propose his own legislation soon.

EonCoat application

Technology

A Ceramic Coating without VOCs

The secret is in the manufacturing and application processes, not the chemical makeup.



Qteros and Praj Partner to Accelerate Commercialization of Cellulosic Ethanol

Qteros Inc., the developer of an efficient consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) platform for low-cost production of cellulosic ethanol, and Praj Industries Ltd., a developer of technology and engineering solutions for producing biofuels and biochemicals, have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate commercialization efforts for industrial-scale cellulosic ethanol production.

McIlvane Sees $40B Market for Air Pollution Control Products in 2011

Just under $42 billion will be invested in equipment to reduce air pollution next year, and 55 percent of that investment will be in Asia, according to a forecast in the McIlvaine Air Pollution Management report.

HHS, EPA Announce New Assessments on Fluoride in Drinking Water

These actions will maximize the health benefits of water fluoridation, an important tool in the prevention of tooth decay while reducing the possibility of children receiving too much fluoride, according to both agencies.

Iowa City Agrees to Address Sewage Discharge into Miss. River

As part of the plan, the city will improve its combined sewer system over the next 20 years, reducing discharges of hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage to the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Labor's Green Jobs Efforts Making Progress

The latest issue of the Green Labor Journal showcases a solar air heating training program by the ironworkers union and also the Apollo Alliance, a San Francisco organization promoting energy efficiency, mass transit, and domestic job growth through green technologies.

HDR Acquires HydroQual

The acquisition will enable the employee-owned HDR to expand its reach in the Northeast and the Middle East.

California Contracts with Andersen Environmental for Hazmat, Cleanup

The company will be working for the Real Estate Services Division of the state's Department of General Services.

NOAA Launches Website Archive of Deepwater Horizon Response

Virtual library includes closure maps, wildlife reports, and mission logs by crew members.

EPA Updates CFL Cleanup and PCB Exposure Guidance

A new consumer brochure offers cleaning tips for broken CFLs while the agency urges schools to replace older fluorescent lamps that contain polychlorinated biphenyls.

Coal ash

EIP: Coal Ash Recycling Cost-Benefit Analysis Flawed

The Environmental Integrity Project says EPA overstated the value of coal ash recycling by more than 20 times.

Food waste can be diverted, not sent to the landfill.

ACS Cites Six Ways to Sustainability

The American Chemical Society has selected a few simple ideas culled from its journals on how to be sustainable, including stop wasting food, try working out outside, and take the bus instead of driving your car.

Abresist Corp. Changes Name to Abresist Kalenborn Corp.

The company provides protective linings for processing equipment.

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