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Mount Everest

A View of Pollution from the Top

Study shows pollutant levels in soil collected from Mount Everest glacier were acceptable for most trace elements; arsenic and cadmium exceeded drinking water standards.

Reusable Grocery Bag Companies Confirm Their Products Meet Federal Requirements

Amid concerns of dangerously elevated lead levels in the reusable grocery bags many earth-conscious consumers have been using for several years, the Earthwise Bag Company Inc. and the Green Bag Company Inc. announced that regular, independent testing has confirmed their reusable grocery bags have consistently met federal standards.

Would You Use a Methane-powered Laptop?

With advances in nanostructured devices, lower operating temperatures, and the use of an abundant fuel source and cheaper materials, Harvard researchers are increasingly optimistic about the commercial viability of solid-oxide fuel cells.

overturned gasoline tanker

Case study: Emergency Response

ENPRO reaches accident scene early and gets to work collecting as much gas as possible from the nearby Merrimack River.

Duke Analysts: FDA's Transgenic Salmon Review Too Narrow

Duke economist Martin Smith suggests the agency should also consider the potential health and environmental effects of salmon production that might stem from the fish's faster growth and less need for feed.

French Award Chemical Weapon Destruction Contract to IES

The contract includes munitions dating back 95 years and include those that contain mustard agent, phosgene, and other chemical agents.

New Florida Officials Seek Delay on Nutrient Criteria Rule

EPA's nutrient criteria rule is set to be finalized Sunday; recently elected Florida leaders want more time to analyze the rule's effect on residents.

Louisiana Vessel Company to Pay $2.1M in Penalties

Offshore Vessels pleaded guilty in July to charges that its crew knowingly discharged oily wastewater from the bilge tank.



Court Establishes Security Zone around Deepwater Horizon Site

The security zone will remain in please until October 2011, according to the U.S. District Court of New Orleans.

Research Shows No General Trends When Contaminants Bond to Nanoparticles

Texas Tech researcher Moira Ridley said her experiments with strontium and nanoparticles of titanium dioxide revealed subtle differences depending on particle size.

AquaBok Provided In-situ Sediment Treatment at Manufactured Gas Plants

The company applied organoclay-based treatment materials and implemented a second full-scale horizontal funnel-and-gate type approach.

Walkable neighborhoods

Part 3: Prefurbia Gives Preference to Walkable Neighborhoods

This is the third installment of a multi-part series on some of today's problems in land development and how innovative methods collectively known as "Prefurbia" can help overcome them.

Virginia Tech Researchers to Study Impact of Gulf Oil Spill on Plovers

Researchers from Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment have received a $3.4 million grant from the Department of the Interior to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on piping plovers -- shorebirds that have been listed as threatened since 1986.

EPA Proposes to Add Nine New Hazardous Waste Sites to Superfund's National Priorities List

To date, 1,627 sites have been listed on the NPL. There have been 346 sites deleted from the NPL with 1,281 sites remaining. With the proposal of nine new sites and one site being withdrawn from proposal, there are 62 proposed sites awaiting final agency action: 57 in the general Superfund section and five in the federal facilities section.

Cascades Tissue Group

Tissue Manufacturer's Legacy Nothing to Sneeze At

With a genesis in recycling, it’s no surprise that Cascades Tissue Group is doing all it can to minimize its impact on the environment and perhaps help others in the process.

Utah's HOT Technology Undergoes Testing at Chinese Industrial Site

Honde LLC, a partner of the University of Utah, is using heightened ozonation treatment to remediate a site on the shore of Lake Taihu.

Deconstruction and Reuse Network Partner for Surplus Property Reuse

The Institution Recycling Network has teamed with the Deconstruction & Reuse Network to expand its capabilities to facilitate reuse of surplus property in California.

Alion and Tetra Tech Win EPA Contract Awards

Alion will conduct research on human pollutant exposures while Tetra Tech will support the federal agency's landfill methane outreach program.

Petition Pushes EPA to Move on Cement Kiln Dust Management

New York-based Riverkeeper filed a petition to force the creation of federal standards for the disposal of cement kiln dust, which can be harmful to water quality.

ConocoPhillips, Sasol North America to Reimburse Estuary Cleanup Costs

The agreement will reimburse EPA Superfund more than $4.5 million, resolve nearly $1.2 million in natural resource damages assessment costs, and perform a removal action and restoration project.

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