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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.

Laboratory technician

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.

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.

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.

OPIC Offers $300M in Financing to Spur Eco-Friendly Investment in Emerging Markets

The U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation will provide at least $300 million in financing for new private equity investment funds that could ultimately invest more than $1 billion in renewable resources projects in emerging markets.



CBI Polymers Robert Harrison meets Devecser Deputy Mayor Laszlo Kovacs.

CBI Polymers Provides Technology Solution to Hungarian Disaster

Hawaii-based company travels to Hungarian village to help clean up caustic alkali and plans to return to teach residents how to use DeconGel.

Slum image courtesy of GTZ Sustainable Sanitation Program

Sewage Cycle Could Clean up Slum Life, Pit Latrines in Tanzania

People-powered pump could help prevent spread of dysentery, cholera, and typhoid.

EPA to Screen 134 More Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption

Following its initial screening list of 67 pesticide chemicals, the agency now turns it attention to chemicals found in solvents, gasoline, plastics, personal care products, other pesticides, and pharmaceuticals.

ASSE Says Holiday Travel Increases Risk of Bedbugs

In the past, pesticides were used to eliminate the problem, but as pest control practices have changed, the bedbug problem has grown. Experts note too that most bedbugs are homegrown and are being spread from belongings taken from one place to another.

Unilever Intends to Make Consumption Sustainable

The global firm will seek to grow its business in developing countries while minimizing its environmental footprint.

UC Berkeley Analysis Suggests Limiting Carbon Nanotube Exposure

Mark Philbrick recommends an "anticipatory governance" approach, meaning nanotubes would be considered hazardous until their toxicity and behavior can be better understood.

Oil spill cleanup

Commentary: BP Didn't Raise the Bar

Jocelyn K. Scheffler, who worked in the command center during the the Exxon oil spill cleanup, says many qualified emergency response and hazmat experts were excluded from the Gulf spill cleanup effort.

Company Offers Warranty-backed Option for Fix Chinese Drywall

National Construction Warranty Corporation says options could reduce the cost of restoring homes affected by corrosive drywall by 50 to 70 percent.

More Injuries Reported for BP Oil Spill Wildlife Cleanup Workers

NIOSH releases its evaluation of potential exposures and health effects of those involved in the Deepwater Horizon response activities.

Radiation from Cordless Phones Causes Heart Irregularities

Canadian study validates the condition called electrosensitivity.

EPA Seeks Small Businesses Input on Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known eye, nose, and throat irritant, and in 1991, EPA classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen. Formaldehyde-based resins are sometimes used as adhesives in composite wood products.

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