Environmental Protection

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New Method May Lower Toxicity of Antimicrobial Silver

University of Helsinki chemists think that exposure to silver can be reduced by chemically binding the nanoparticles to polymers.

EPA, N.Y. Order Tonawanda Coke Corp. to Clean Up Multiple Issues

The foundry coke manufacturer is being investigated for uncontrolled releases of ammonia and benezene, improper handling of coal tar sludge, and unpermitted discharges of its process and nonprocess wastewater.

Dipstick detects pesticides in food

Canadian Group Develops 'Dipstick' Test for Pesticides in Foods

John Brennan and colleagues from McMaster University tested food and beverage samples intentionally contaminated with pesticides and got results in less than 5 minutes.

Feds Get $1.79 B from ASARCO to Clean Up Mining Sites

Federal agencies win largest bankruptcy settlement in U.S. history and plan to use funds to clean and restore sites contaminated by ASARCO mining operations in 19 states.

El Paso Corp. Fined $2.3 M for Pipeline Safety Violations

DOT ordered El Paso Corp., and Colorado Interstate Gas Company to develop and train operators on safety procedures following an investigation into pipeline explosion in Wyoming three years ago.

EPA Wants to Interview Past Santa Susana Field Lab Workers

Former Atomics International, Rocketdyne, and Rockwell employees are encouraged to contact EPA about its Santa Susana Field Lab radiological study.



USGS Grants Universities $5 M to for Earthquake Safety

Stimulus funds are being distributed to modernize seismic networks and data processing centers.

Jackson Outlines Plan for Chemical Management Reform

EPA Administrator says the agency will be working to strengthen current Toxic Substances Control Act regulations while Congress is considering new legislation.

Princeton-Rice Device Identifies Nitric Oxide

Using lasers and sensors, a team of researchers has demonstrated a new method of identifying nitric oxide.

Agency Adopts New Strategy for Nanomaterial Research

EPA is using a multidisciplinary approach in its laboratories to determine how manufactured nanomaterials may harm human health and the environment.

Agency Provides Guidance on Handling PCBs in Caulk

EPA recommends minimizing dust, washing, and vacuuming to lower exposure to caulk that may contain polychlorinated biphenyls in buildings 31 years old or older.

Homeowners Should Inspect Heating Oil Tanks for Leaks

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection offers advice on how to manage home-based storage tanks.

'Safe Room' Offers Better Air Quality during Wildfires

A room air cleaner with a HEPA filter can provide a better environment for people who suffer from emphysema, allergies or asthma during fire season.

Europe's REACH May Require Even More Animals, Funds

Johns Hopkins School suggests the European Union may want to consider revising its test approaches to cut costs.

Organic Framework May Offer Safer, Denser Acetylene Storage

NIST scientists have probed a metal-organic framework that soaks up acetylene like a sponge. The finding may be useful to the chemical industry in the future.

Indiana Researchers Create Easy-to-Clean Polymer

The coatings eliminate the need for harsh detergents and solvents that may contain phosphates and be discharged into lakes and streams, according to a presentation at the American Chemical Society's meeting this week.

Foundation Study Suggests Link between Toxins and Myeloma

According to Dr. Brian Durie, the study supports the notion that genetic factors affecting toxin breakdown may be related to the development of myeloma.

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