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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.

Tucson Recycling Plant Earns 18001 Certification

This is the seventh Sims Recycling Solutions facility in North America to be certified to OHSAS 18001, the international occupational health and safety management system standard

Safechem Offers Chemical Leasing Solution for Metal Degreasing

Along with solvent delivery, The Dow Chemical Company subsidiary provides waste management, technical support, and use of stabilizers, additives, and test kits.

EPA Research on Recreational Water Criteria Now Available

New criteria to protect people from potential illness will be developed by October 2012.

Survey: 69% Concerned about Fracking's Impact on Water

Respondents called for health studies and tighter public disclosure requirements.



Attorney Says Cabot Oils Use of DEP Consent Order Improper

Plaintiffs' attorneys claim clients were contacted directly and asked to waive their rights to sue Cabot Oil, which used hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania, because they were getting compensation through a state consent order.

Wayne County, Occidental to Clean up Mercury-contaminated Bridges

Glenn Springs Holdings, an affiliate of Occidental Chemical Corp., will initially remediate three bridges in Wayne County, Tenn.

DuPont Fined for Failing to Properly Authorize Herbicide Repackaging

DuPont has agreed to pay a $15,600 civil penalty for failing to have proper written authorization for a Missouri agrichemical company to repackage and sell its Steadfast herbicide.

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Public Now Has Access to Chemical Health and Safety Studies

The database will grow as more companies submit information electronically and as older documents are scanned into the system.

DuPont Fails to Report Toxic Chemicals in Studies, Settles for $3.3M

EPA says 57 of the research studies reviewed in 2006 contained information on chemicals that could provide a risk of injury.

EPA Awards $5M Grant to Retrofit Trucks for Clean Diesel

The EPA has awarded $5 million to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to help Southern truckers and businesses buy cleaner big rigs.

IMO Sets its Sights on Maritime Energy-Efficiency Standard

A legislative process has been set in motion at the International Maritime Organization which, if approved, could see obligatory energy-efficiency standards for new ships come into effect in 2013. A vote is expected at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in July.

Marcellus Shale extraction well

Hydraulic Fracturing -- Is it all it's cracked up to be?

Is hydraulic fracturing the holy grail of energy independence or a groundwater nightmare in the making?

Workers recover oil-filled boom for decontamination as part of the response effort to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

U.S. Names 9 Defendants in Deepwater Horizon Civil Suit

BP, Anadarko, MOEX, Triton, Transocean and QBE companies face Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act charges.

Largest ThinFilm Solar Module Plant in the US to Open in Indiana

Abound Solar, a manufacturer of next-generation, cadmium telluride, thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, announced that it has leased a 781,750-square-foot facility in Tipton, Ind., where it will be establishing a solar module manufacturing plant.

OSHA Issues $787,000 in Penalties Against Wisconsin Firm

The citation includes 14 alleged willful and one serious violation against WRR Environmental Services Co. of Eau Claire in connection with a June 29 explosion and fire at its plant, OSHA announced Tuesday.

Upcoming Summit Targets Bed Bugs

The summit is open to the public and will focus on ways the federal government and others can continue to work together on management and control of bed bugs.

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