Environmental Protection


E-Junk is No Joke

The constant quest for faster, more efficient electronics has created an international waste disposal nightmare because electronic components frequently contain lead, mercury, cadmium, and other toxic materials. The need for responsible electronics stewardship is urgent.


Land Rush

As record oil prices pinch the wallets of average Americans, the natural gas and oil industry is increasingly asserting that leasing more wild, public lands to natural gas and oil drilling could solve this crisis.

ACE08 Preview Package

Water professionals will converge on drought-stricken Atlanta for the American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exhibition on June 8-12 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Case Study: Air Cycle

CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), the global leader in commercial real estate services, manages more than 1.7 billion square feet of buildings around the world. It also has to comply with federal and local rules for ballast, battery, and lamp recycling.

Case Study: Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Poor indoor air quality is harmful to building occupants, but in a biotech lab, it can also compromise sensitive research and laboratory experiments.

Case Study: Colorado Springs

Officials in Colorado Springs, Colo., had two pressured water mains leaking clean, treated drinking water. One main was a 540-foot section running underneath Fountain Creek and the other was a 500-foot section running under Interstate 25 and two railroad tracks.

Case Study: Poughkeepsie

It is now three years since Poughkeepsies' Water Treatment Facility in New York installed six Aquionics' ultraviolet disinfection systems for drinking water treatment.

Standby generators lower backup risk

Case Study: Camas, Wash.

Like many expanding suburbs, Camas, Wash., faced the problem of how to update an aging infrastructure—in particular, its sewage collection system—to meet the needs of the city’s growing population.

A Watery Resting Place

On the ocean floor, three miles off the coast of Miami, an underwater city teems with aquatic life and exposes "ruins" from a lost age. A bronze plaque beside a starfish sculpture gives away the fact that while beautiful, this reef is actually artificial.

NanoRisk: What Can You Do About It?

If you work in the electronic, biomedical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, energy, catalytic, and materials industries and your employer uses nanoparticles or materials that contain nanoparticles, you may be at risk for exposure.


Water Looms as “The Next Oil”

The pain caused by high oil prices is nothing like what looms as water, an even more basic and essential natural commodity, faces dwindling supplies and growing demand.

LEEDING Manhattan to Sustainability

Businesses do business for profit. But today, some businesses are stretching their investment because the market is willing to bear the cost for sustainability.

Case Study: Orbal

In the early 1990s, Siemens Water Technologies provided the facility with a three-channel Orbal® biological nutrient removal process. In 2004, the plant added a SmartBNR™ control system, a mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS) recycle pump, and a fourth Orbal channel.

Grappling with Groundwater

Do you know where your water supply comes from? Does your local government authority send it to your house from a nearby reservoir? Perhaps your district is served by wells? If it is, you are in good company. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data indicates that more than 90 percent of the 158,000 public water systems use groundwater.

12 Steps to Successful Wetlands Mitigation Banking

New regulations gave a big boost to the mitigation banking industry recently, meaning good news for the emerging business and its investors. The latest ruling by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers declared mitigation banking to be the preferred alternative for any wetlands mitigation project nationwide.

It’s Not Easy Being Green… Or Is It?

You invest resources into improving operations to drive EH&S compliance. You build a corporate culture that values safety. You proudly promote yourself as a green company, emphasizing your focus on sustainability and compliance. And then the unthinkable happens -- a spill, an explosion, a deadly fire – something that negates your hard work and shakes the confidence of your entire organization.

Mercury Spill Control 101

Since the early 1990s, U.S. environmental regulations have eliminated the development of mercury as a new product. Despite these changes targeting mercury use, alternatives have been slow to develop, and in cases such as precision measurement devices are not possible. As a result, mercury has been mined through reclamation and recycling processes.

EDC Treatments Put to the Test

Reverse osmosis (RO) proved the most effective method for treating contaminants such as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in a four-year study that compared the ability of different contaminant removal technologies.

Paint Rule Primer

Auto-body shops and restoration specialists can breathe a sigh of relief now that the final EPA rule on emission standards for paint stripping and surface coating operations is out. At the same time, however, they should take a deep breath and prepare for some changes to come.

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