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Seven Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Violate Clean Water Act Standards

Region 7’s latest round of CAFO enforcement activity, aimed at encouraging producers’ compliance with the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program, involves seven beef feedlots, including four in Iowa, two in Kansas and one in Nebraska.

Cascade Engineering Showcases Pink Carts for Breast Cancer Awareness at Waste Expo

Cascade Engineering’s Pink Cart is a new program developed in collaboration with the American Cancer Society that will enable households and businesses nationwide to make an important and visible demonstration of their support for the fight against breast cancer.

Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty in Maryland to Obstructing Investigation into the Illegal Overboard Discharge of Oily Waste

Chief enginner ordered subordinates to illegally pump oil-contaminated waste directly into the ocean, most commonly through a "magic pipe."

Wastequip Introduces its Grease Vault

Grease Vault is designed for secure storage and easy emptying of food grease.

Companies Tout New Trends and Technologies at 2011 WasteExpo

The show, which bills itself as the largest event in North America serving the $75 billion solid waste and recycling industry, takes place May 10 to 12 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

GaiaRecycle Discusses Benefits of Onsite Food Waste Recycling

Attendees at the WasteExpo show can receive an up-close view of GaiaRecycle’s patented “double helix” shredder and blade technology, and learn how the company's systems accelerate the organic decomposition process based on drying, sterilizing and grinding mixed food scraps and organic waste.

Study: Relationship Between Farming, Phosphorus in Miss. River Not Clear-Cut

Overall, the findings suggest that reducing phosphorus pollution will require broad adoption of practices that limit nutrient runoff, such as cover crops, buffer strips, and incorporation of fertilizers. It will also require limits on phosphorus discharge from cities.

Dredging Firm to Pay $105,000 Fine for Ocean Dumping Violations

A Salem, Mass., dredging company has agreed to pay a penalty of $105,000 to settle EPA claims that it improperly disposed of dredged sediments.



Waste Management to Develop New Organics Facility in Central Florida

Waste Management Inc. is developing a new organics facility in Apopka, Fla. The facility will process yard, food and clean wood waste to create value added soil amendments.

Waste Managment Adds Largest Composting Facility in the Eastern U.S. to Network of Organics Processing Facilities

This expansion of organic recycling services and products will be beneficial to the company's residential, commercial, and industrial customers seeking to convert their organic wastes into products such as compost, mulch, and organic soil amendment.

IKEA Powers Up Solar Array at Brooklyn, N.Y., Store

<p>Con Edison and New York City commissioned and certified the solar energy system on the Brooklyn, N.Y., IKEA store. As one of the largest commercial rooftop installations in the city’s five boroughs, the 200 kW array occupies 19,000-square feet, with four module types, totaling 1,104 panels. The array will generage 240,000 kWh of renewable electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 32 cars, or providing electricity for 20 homes yearly. This effort reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices in addition to reducing its carbon footprint.</p><p> “We are very excited about enhancing the sustainable contribution IKEA Brooklyn continues to make in the local community by generating electricity through solar panels atop our store,” said Mike Baker, the store’s manager. “This initiative helps improve the environment and contributes to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”</p><p> Other IKEA U.S. sustainable building initiatives include a solar energy systems operational in two stores and under construction in nine others. Additionally, both a solar energy and geothermal system were incorporated into the Denver-area store opening this year in Centennial, Col. IKEA Brooklyn additionally has 70,000 square feet of green roof, a 6.5-acre waterfront esplanade, multiple transit options and has been certified as a brownfield redevelopment. The store also has been certified LEED Silver.</p><p> The 346,000-square-foot Brooklyn store opened June 18, 2008, on 22 acres along the Erie Basin waterfront in Red Hook, south of the BQE/Gowanus Expressway and southeast of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. </p><p>

Celebrities Show Our Planet is Not an Ashtray (With Video)

More than 360 billion cigarettes are smoked in the United States on an annual basis. The butts and filters pollute beaches, parks, roads and waterways worldwide.

Shipping Conglomerate Concealed Pollution in Magic Pipe Case

Four corporations will pay a $1 million penalty and will be barred from doing business in the United States during a maximum of five years

N.J. Waste Facility Pleads Guilty to Dumping in Upstate New York

The Justice Department says Eagle Recycling defrauded the United States and violated clean water and wire fraud laws.

Northeast Utilities Chooses Enviance Software for Managing Emissions

New England’s largest utility to implement Environmental ERP solution to comply with regulations and corporate sustainability programs.

EPA Funds Reduced 16% in Budget Compromise

Lawmakers have delineated cuts in environmental and energy initiatives across the board in their latest budget proposal.

Government Files Antitrust Suit against Stericycle

The merging of Stericycle and Healthcare Waste Solutions would reduce competition and increase customer cost, according to the New York attorney general.

U.S. Navy photo of USS Forrestal

BAN: Aircraft Carrier Won't Be Buried at Sea After All

The Basel Action Network reported that the U.S. Navy will recycle the USS Forrestal and three other retired aircraft carriers.

Cashman Dredging & Marine to Work on Upper Hudson River Project

GE is selecting additional contractors to operate its sediment processing facility and railyard, conduct bathymetric surveys, perform monitoring activities, and habitat reconstruction work.

CareFusion Acquires Pharmaceutical Waste Sorting System

The company says Pyxis EcoStation can help hospitals reduce cost and improve environmental compliance.

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