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Dispersant Testing Finds No Significant Endocrine Disruption, EPA Says

In the next phase, EPA will test the acute toxicity of multiple concentrations of Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil and the dispersants.

NRC Seeks Comments on Proposed Material Security Rule

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule would set requirements for Category 1 and 2 radioactive materials and shipments of small amounts of irradiated reactor fuel.

DOE Contracts with 4 for Radioactive, Hazardous Waste Treatment

EnergySolutions, Perma-Fix, Philo-Technics, and Studsvik will be awarded task orders for treatment over the next five years with a maximum contract value of $24.9 million.

Scientists in China Create New Tool for Loss Prediction from Disasters

Bayesian network approach enables emergency planners to better predict, assess and manage natural and man-made catastrophes, according to developers.

Texas Air Program Does Not Meet CAA Requirements. EPA Says

The agency has rejected the Texas Council on Environmental Quality's flexible permit program.

Agency Delays Enforcement on Lead Paint Certification

EPA is giving remodelers and contractors more time to get trained; the new enforcement deadline is Oct. 1.

Chlorine Distributor Settles Risk Management Program Issues

Oxarc, which has agreed to pay more than $19,000, did not update its Risk Management Program, according to EPA.

EPA to Include Employees in Chemical Safety Inspections

In new interim guidance, the agency is encouraging employees to be involved during Risk Management Program inspections.



SOCMA Partners with DHS for July Security Summit

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is the keynote speaker of the July 7-8 event in Baltimore.

North Carolina to Develop $5 M Early Warning System

University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and the SAS Institute will use human health and biosphere data to detect bioterrorism threats before traditional disease surveillance systems do.

Agency Proposes Revisions to Total Coliform Rule

Water utilities would have to take action when monitoring results indicate that contamination or a pathway to contamination is present.

Dallas Law Firm Cautions Spill Workers about Benzene Exposure

Baron & Budd attorney says Gulf of Mexico cleanup workers should be monitored or warned about the health hazards.

AWWA and ASME-ITI to Release RAMCAP Method July 1

The new ANSI standard (J100) for managing risk and resilience is expected to strengthen decision making at water facilities.

Preparing Your Business for Hurricane Season 2010

Creating or updating your disaster recovery plan is a good start.

Clean Harbors to Pay $150,000 for Hazardous Waste Issues

Inspectors found open, unlabeled and leaking hazardous waste containers, among other things, at the Kimball, Neb., facility.

DOE Completes Vallecitos Nuclear Center Cleanup

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds helped to speed DOE's project to remove about 2,300 cubic feet of radioactive waste from California.

Selective Structures Pleads Guilty to Hazardous Waste Charges

Justice department orders the company to pay an $80,000 fine, nearly $180,000 in penalties and serve more than 3 years of probation for trying to dispose of paint waste and spent solvents in a large pile of sawdust.

Three New York Men to Serve Jail Time for Asbestos Scheme

A jury found two brothers guilty of fraud, violating the Clean Air Act, and illegally dumping asbestos in Poland, N.Y. Their father pleaded guilty before the trial.

EPA to End Endosulfan Use to Protect Farmworkers and Wildlife

Agency is in discussions with Makhteshim Agan of North America, the insecticide's manufacturer.

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