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Handling Waste Liquids Carelessly Can Be Expensive

Ignoring EPA regulations can be costly -- and not just in terms of fines.

Seven Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Violate Clean Water Act Standards

Region 7’s latest round of CAFO enforcement activity, aimed at encouraging producers’ compliance with the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program, involves seven beef feedlots, including four in Iowa, two in Kansas and one in Nebraska.

Consolidated Water Co. Chooses ERI’s Pumps and Devices for Bahamas Desalination Plant Expansion

CWCO selected the devices and pumps based on its experience with them in two previous SWRO projects.

Naturally Occurring Compound Reduces Cows' Ammonia Emissions

As concerns about air pollution from large dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) continue to mount, scientists are reporting a practice that could cut emissions of the abundant agricultural gas ammonia by up to 30 percent.

Wash. Gas Station Fined For Failing to Monitor Leaks in Underground Fuel Tanks

Central Valley Grocery gas station in Poulsbo, Wash., has agreed to pay $11,356 for failing to properly monitor three underground storage tanks (USTs) for leaks for more than a year.

BP Alaska to Pay $25M Penalty for Alaskan North Slope Oil Spill

BP Exploration Alaska Inc. will also implement a systemwide pipeline integrity management program for spilling more than 5,000 barrels of crude oil from the company’s pipelines on the North Slope of Alaska. The $25 million penalty is the largest per-barrel penalty to date for an oil spill.

Rotational Grazing Makes for Healthier Cattle, Environment

The rotational grazing technique, which has been adapted for a variety of livestock worldwide, calls for cattle to graze in small areas for shorter periods of time before moving onto other pastures.

EPA Proposes Stronger Emissions Standards for Secondary Lead Smelters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stronger air toxics standards for secondary lead smelters, which would improve air quality and protect people’s health in communities where the smelters are located.



NIST Prototypes Framework for Evaluating Sustainability Standards

NIST researchers have prototyped a framework to help organizations sort through the welter of choices and evaluate and implement sustainability standards most appropriate for their operations and interests.

Research Aims to Improve Natural Gas Extraction From Shale Formations

Researchers will study shale and tight-sand formations at the molecular level to understand how it moves through pores a few nanometers in size.

EPA Fines Oregon Freeze Dry for Failing to Report Ammonia Release

Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $3,323 for its failure to report an estimated 422 pounds of anhydrous ammonia released at its food freeze dryer facility in Albany, Ore.

Window World of Omaha to Pay $3,976 Penalty for Failure to Notify Owners, Residents of Lead Risks

The company failed to notify owners and occupants of at least eight Omaha residential properties built before 1978 of lead-based paint risks before performing renovation work at those locations.

'Flight Simulator for Biorefineries Teaches Biofuels Management

Iowa State has developed a biorefinery simulator designed to help students in its biorenewable resources and technology program learn about biofuel production.

EPA Releases MDI, TDI Action Plans to Protect Consumers

Do-it-yourselfers may be exposed to methylene diphenyl diisocyanate and toluene diisocyanate from spray foam insulation or sealing concrete applications.

Working in the environment can have its own rewards.

A Little Good News in the Job Sector

Environmental Protection's 2010 Salary Survey results leave the impression that professionals are holding their own in a still-uncertain economy.

manufacturing machinery

The Case for Solvent Recycling (With Video)

Recycling, and to a greater extent tolling, decouples used solvent generators from the high cost and volatility of virgin solvent prices.

Cascades Fine Papers Earns Updated EcoLogo Certification

Manufactured in Canada, the fibers are de-inked without the use of chlorine and the paper is made using renewable biogas energy.

CareFusion Acquires Pharmaceutical Waste Sorting System

The company says Pyxis EcoStation can help hospitals reduce cost and improve environmental compliance.

Benefits Top Costs in EPRI Smart Grid Analysis

The project team analyzed projected costs over the next 20 years, looking at core smart grid technologies in transmission, substation, distribution, and customer interface.

Deadlines for rules covering manufacturers that use fabrication and finishing processes are closing in.

Preparing for 2011 Fabrication and Finishing Rules

Manufacturers that use welding in their operations should get ready to meet this year's notification deadlines for Clean Air Act emission regulation.

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