Environmental Protection

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Former FEMA Director Michael Brown to Speak at AHMP Meeting

Annual Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals conference will look at the critical role members play in developing sustainability and preparing for disasters.

Infrastructure

Bridges for Human and Aquatic Species

MACTEC Engineering and Consulting assembled a design team for the U.S. Forest Service to evaluate the risks and determine mitigating measures to enable safe passage for human traffic and aquatic species in nine National Forests.

Square D Receives Occupational Excellence Award

The National Safety Council names Square D Services a winner for occupational achievement for reporting few injuries and illnesses and no fatalities in 2008.

American Chemistry Council Calls for TSCA Overhaul

The Toxic Substances Control Act is more than 30 years old and the American Chemistry Council says it is time for the law to keep pace with science.

13 States to Get $45 M in Stimulus for UST Cleanup

EPA is using stimulus funds to help states address underground storage tank leaks, which can contaminate groundwater.

Agency Declares Asbestos Emergency in Montana

The towns of Libby and Troy have had higher numbers of asbestos-related disease cases, constituting a public health emergency.

U.S. Sends HazMat Equipment to Mexico to Build Border Response Capability

Personal protective suits, multi-gas meters, and related hazmat response equipment for Cuidad Juárez first responders were transferred to Mexico's Dirección de Protección Civil.



Maine Storage Owner Pays for Chemical Reporting Violations

The owner of a storage facility in Bangor, Maine, will pay a fine of $17,121 to settle EPA claims that it violated chemical reporting requirements.

Firm Develops Chinese Drywall Inspection Protocol

A forensics company has identified 11 of 12 compounds that could be considered health concerns in imported drywall.

Senators Seek Funds for Chinese Drywall Study

Amendment requests $2 million for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to expedite the investigation.

Harvard Study Sees Increase in Urinary BPA

After a week of drinking from polycarbonate bottles, participants showed a two-thirds increase in bisphenol A in their urine.

NACD Details Concerns at Annual D.C. Fly-in

Issues concerning chemical distributors include the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, EPA's ChAMP, and railroad obligations.

Chrysotile Asbestos Is Carcinogenic, Groups Say

EIA, ADAO say that all forms of asbestos are responsible for related lung, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers, and mesotherlioma.

NRDC Wants Chemicals Removed from Pet Products

The group filed a lawsuit in California against retailers and manufacturers for products containing propoxur without proper labeling.

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