Environmental Protection

Safety


Fewer Worker Deaths in Solid Waste Industry, DOL Says

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports that 19 solid waste collection workers died on the job in 2009, down from 31 fatalities in 2008.

Agency Proposes Requiring More TSCA Chemical Data More Often

Chemical manufacturers would need to provide production volume, facility data, and product uses information under EPA's Inventory Update Reporting Rule.

Most people infected with dengue fever experience no symptoms at all or only a mild fever.

Human Clinical Trial of Dengue Vaccine Begins

“Controlling the mosquito vector can work, but it is very expensive and difficult to sustain,” says Anna Durbin, M.D., who is leading the study at Johns Hopkins. “In the long run, vaccination would be a more efficient and cost-effective approach.”

Conversation on Chemical Exposure Has Busy Fall Agenda

More than 50 public meetings are scheduled for this CDC-ASTDR project about chemical exposures and public health. An action agenda is scheduled for release in December.

Senate Homeland Security Committee OKs CFATS Extension

Sen. Collins introduced an amendment to keep the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act alive for another three years.

Safer Siting Could Have Lessened Damage at Veolia Facility

The Chemical Safety Board completed its report on the 2009 explosion at Veolia ES Technical Solutions' plant in Ohio and recommended the Center for Chemical Process Safety revise control room siting guidelines.

Commentary: Incentives for Safety in the Oil Drilling Industry

Regulatory review may help bridge the gap between technology and policy for oil drilling, historian suggests.

MSU to Test Gulf Seafood Using Agilent Technologies' Analyzer

Mississippi State has developed a new test process to be reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.



Rush and Waxman Release Toxic Chemicals Safety Act

Hearings on the bill will begin July 29.

NOAA Finds PM and Black Carbon in Air near Gulf Spill

Three different federal agencies are monitoring air quality in and around the spill for the environment and worker health.

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Integrating Sustainability at Dow Chemical

Anne Wallin, director of Sustainable Chemistry and Life Cycle Assessment, shares the company's approach to working smart in today's chemical society.

FDA Joins Other Feds on Tox21 Collaboration

Now, research, funding and testing tools from the Food and Drug Administration will be added to those of EPA, NTP and NCGC to improve chemical impacts testing.

Secure Water, Chemical Bills Aim to Protect Facilities; SOCMA Objects

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates says "inherently safer technology" is not a common sense mandate.

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.

Reusable Grocery Bags Breed Bacteria, Research Says

A University of Arizona and Loma Linda University study found that consumers were unaware that they need to regularly wash reusable grocery bags.

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.

Ontario Proposes Rules for Offshore Wind Turbines

The rules would keep wind turbines at least 5 kilometers from the shorelines of lakes Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.

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.

USGS Upgrades Streamgage Network Using Stimulus Funds

The U.S. Geological Survey has purchased $3.4 million of high tech electro-acoustic instruments from SonTek/YSI.

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.

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