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Oregon Fines Two Companies for Asbestos Mishandling

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has placed penalties on Cascade Paving and Oregon Employees Federal Credit Union for improper removal of asbestos from the demolition of a 90-year-old house in Salem.

Fisher Sand & Gravel to Pay Fine, Implement EMS in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality settled air and water quality violations with the company at a cost of $312,000, part of which will pay for the company's environmental management system.

Who's Doing What?

Here's a snapshot of personnel moves, recognition, contracts awards, partnerships, and new company names that were announced in March.

New York No Longer Tolerates Lead Wheel Weights

Those who violate the ban can face stiff penalties, including fines up to $1,000 per violation and an additional $1,000 per day the violation occurs.

NESCAUM Reports Coal Plants Can Comply with New Clean Air Rules

The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management has released a report that claims pollution control technologies are available and already at work in many plants.

Oil skimmers can help facilities meet wastewater discharge regulations.

Case Study: Tank Washing Facility Installs Oil Recovery System

Food Express cleans up its wastewater with an oil skimmer attached to a separation tank designed by the company's president.

Proposed Cooling Water Rules Seek Best Technology to Safeguard Fish

In response to an agreement with Riverkeeper, EPA is seeking comment on its proposed regulations to minimize fish impingement and entrainment in cooling water systems.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Joins Automation Federation

The Automation Federation serves as the “Voice of Automation” by providing advocacy and industry-wide strategic analysis and coordination through its member organizations.



Recycling Facility Joins Cal/OSHA SHARP Program

"There are just over 1 million employers in California and of those, only 42 are current SHARP recipients," said Cal/OSHA Area Manager Kelly Howard.

Groups Request Info on Reactor Exemptions, Evacuation

Richard Brodsky with Demos, a national policy center, and three other groups have filed Freedom of Information Act requests prompted by the nuclear disaster in Sendai, Japan.

California Automakers, Environmentalists Partner to Clean Up State Waters

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Sustainable Conservation win 2011 Pat Brown Award for removing copper from car brake pads and protecting salmon and aquatic life.

Window Company to Pay Fine for Lead Notification Violations

EPA said Permanent Siding and Windows, a contractor specializing in spray-on vinyl siding and replacing windows and doors, failed to provide the lead hazard information pamphlet to at least 17 owners or occupants before the company began renovation activities.

radiation monitor

Monitors Confirm No Radiation Levels of Concern Have Reached U.S.

A national radiation lab is analyzing a sampling filter containing minuscule levels of an isotope from Hawaii consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident but still below levels of concern, EPA said.

EPA Updates Air Toxics' Assessment with 2005 Data

The assessment shows that between 1990 and 2005, air toxic emissions were reduced by about 42 percent from industrial and mobile sources.

Metech Recycling Earns e-Stewards Certification

The certification is based on the e-Stewards Standard, which prohibits the export of hazardous waste from developed to developing countries, the disposal of toxic waste in solid waste landfills and incinerators, and the use of prison labor in the recycling of electronics.

Auto Body Repair Shop Sues Kinder Morgan for Soil Contamination

Lawyers for the plaintiffs are seeking cleanup of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes on property that formerly provided petroleum storage in above-ground tanks, most recently by Kinder Morgan.

TCEQ Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein

Texas Senate Confirms TCEQ Commissioner Rubinstein

Eighteen months after his appointment, Rubinstein earns Senate approval and pledges to practice responsible stewardship and grow the economy.

Manufacturer Receives 'Logical Consequences' for Alleged RTK Violations

New Haven, Conn., chemical manufacturer H. Krevit and Co. will spend $36,000 on emergency response equipment for the fire department as part of the settlement in a right-to-know case.

The Plastic Pipe Institute is offering a free tool for engineers using polyethylene pipe.

Plastic Pipe Institute Introduces Free Online Design Tools

BoreAid software and a Design and Engineering Calculator help engineers in the design and installation of polyethylene pipe.

Engineering Unplugged Set at Old Dominion University

Ed Begley Jr., and John Paul Woodley Jr., are scheduled to speak at the April conference.

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