Environmental Protection

Wastes


Researchers Transform Bone Meal Waste into Partly Biodegradable Plastic

Clemson University study used meat and bone meal, which has been discarded due to Mad Cow Disease concerns, to make petroleum-free bioplastics.

DTSC Calls for Comments on Univar Facility, PG&E Site

The Univar workplan addresses cleanup of groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds in Commerce while the PG&E remedial action plan deals with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, total petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, and polychlorinated biphenyls in the soil in Colusa.

Doe Run, Missouri DNR to Address Lead Contamination

Soils at St. Joe State Park are extensively contaminated with toxic lead and lead compounds from mining wastes that accumulated over several decades.

EPA Takes Soil Samples at Barstow Residence

The agency is working with the city and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to determine the amount of perchlorate at the site.

Veolia ES Earns LEED Certification for Landfill Building

The new building at Veolia's Evergreen Landfill in Valdosta, Ga., will be used as a scale house for weighing all waste streams entering the landfill and as an on-site administrative office.

Watershed Academy Sponsors Nitrate in Groundwater Webcast

The Tuesday Webcast will provide a national overview of the nitrate in groundwater issue and highlight a case study in Oregon’s Southern Willamette Valley.

Solid Waste Privatization Lowers Costs, NSWMA Says

A National Solid Waste Management Association study describes how cities can privatize their garbage collection, disposal, and recycling programs while protecting the environment and often while maintaining employment.

DOE Releases Melter Draft Waste Evaluation for Comment

The draft evaluation shows that the melter meets the criteria for “waste incidental to reprocessing” and may be managed and disposed of as low-level radioactive waste.



Dual axis blender with GPS location system goes to work at a Washington remediation site.

Case Study: Puget Sound Park Uses Tech Combo for Cleanup

With combined chemical and biological treatment, formerly contaminated land is added to Bremerton’s Evergreen Park in Washington.

One of ARS Technologies recently acquired EP-Sonic high-speed compact drill rigs.

Case Study: Sonic Drills and Insitu Treatment Save Ohio DOT $250,000

ARS Technologies injects an oxidant and catalyst to speed bioremediation in a large-scale groundwater clean-up project.

Keeping organized is essential to any successful construction project.

A MasterFormat for Environmental Construction

A coalition of volunteer environmental engineers provided input to update and make this document organizing tool more useful.

Waste Connections Supports Cal Poly Research

The Global Waste Research Institute addresses the challenges created by waste and industrial byproducts.

UniSea facility in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. NOAA photo.

Seafood Processor to Pay $1.9M for Ammonia Discharges

Unisea, which operates in Alaska, allegedly discharged ammonia and other pollutants into Unalaska waters from 2005 to 2008.

Metech Recycling Earns e-Stewards Certification

The certification is based on the e-Stewards Standard, which prohibits the export of hazardous waste from developed to developing countries, the disposal of toxic waste in solid waste landfills and incinerators, and the use of prison labor in the recycling of electronics.

TCEQ Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein

Texas Senate Confirms TCEQ Commissioner Rubinstein

Eighteen months after his appointment, Rubinstein earns Senate approval and pledges to practice responsible stewardship and grow the economy.

EPA is proposing to add two abandoned mine sites to its Superfund list.

2 California Hazardous Waste Sites Proposed for NPL

EPA is proposing that the abandoned sites New Idria Mercury Mine in San Benito County and the Blue Ledge Mine in Siskiyou County be added to the National Priorities List.

N.J. Proposes Easing Some Strict Compliance in Favor of Economic Growth

Used under limited circumstances, the rule would allow the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to waive strict compliance when such action would not compromise the environment or public health.

swine houses

USDA Analyzes 8 Animal Waste Lagoons for Nitrogen

Despite a large amount of nitrogen cycling genes, researchers concluded that denitrifying and nitrifying organisms were not active.

Hexavalent Chromium Lawsuit Can Move Forward, Judge Says

A class action lawsuit against Honeywell and PPG is seeking money for medical monitoring of residents who live near a chrome ore processing site in Jersey City, N.J.

Sundew. Courtesy Ken Sturm, USFWS

American Rivers to Oversee $1.8M Potomac Highlands' Grants

By selecting this conservation organization to implement the program, EPA seeks to improve the natural resources and socio-economic conditions in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands.

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