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The SPECTRO MS ICP-MS analyzer. After calibration — with liquid standards for ICP, or available reference filters with XRF — analysis can begin according to the given instrument

Elemental Analysis of Airborne Particles

By evaluating XRF, ICP-OES, and ICP-MS analytical technologies, users can obtain airborne particle analysis that’s rapid, reliably, accurate, and surprisingly affordable.

Unhealthy Air Quality as Eastern States Fight Fires

Unhealthy Air Quality as Eastern States Fight Fires

Many states on the east coast are battling fires that have led to evacuations and air quality notices.

When paired with smart lighting, smart blinds can help maximize the amount of daylight in your home to cut down on electricity usage.

Seven Benefits of Smart/Motorized Blinds

When paired with smart lighting, smart blinds can help maximize the amount of daylight in your home to cut down on electricity usage. For example, opening the blinds can trigger smart lighting to turn off, and vice versa.

EPA Testing Air Quality in Memphis Area

The agency is working with the Shelby County Health Department and the Memphis Area Transit Authority, which is field-testing lower-cost air pollution sensor pods.

Berkeley Lab research associate Sharon Chen sprays roofing material with soiling mixture. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

DOE Wins 32 R&D 100 Awards

The agency's labs "are a global technology powerhouse that harness innovation to create jobs, support new industries and help ensure America’s competitive edge in areas of national security and science," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

This 40,000 SCFM Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer was applied on a pharmaceutical application to destroy emissions from tray ovens, fluid bed dryers, and coating pans. (Anguil Environmental Systems photo)

Oxidizer Selection and Technology Options

As thermal oxidizer technologies have been applied to a wider range of industrial applications, new challenges are continually uncovered that test their efficacy and durability.

This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Environmental Protection.

Larry Newton, resource efficiency manager at the academy, credits the drop in energy cost to energy-efficient lighting on the outside of the Vandenberg Hall dormitory, in the Pine and Douglas Valley housing areas and on several academy roads, and other cost-cutting measures.

USAF Academy Saved $1 Million on Energy in FY2016

Building audits are conducted regularly, and these allow the academy to review or considers solar arrays; geothermal energy; building infrastructure; window efficiency; insulation; and installing new boilers and HVAC equipment.

Coastal Erosion Requires Immediate Attention

Coastal Erosion Requires Immediate Attention

Louisiana's Governor says “we are in a race against time.”



This photo shows a back pressure steam turbine in the Kendall Cogeneration Station, a key component of ensuring the plant does not dump hot water into the Charles River. (Veolia North America photo)

Veolia Completes 'Green Steam' Project

"This project is a win for the environment and the communities of Cambridge and Boston. Ending the discharge of heated water to the Charles River will help protect fish, restore habitat, and reduce the severity of cyanobacteria blooms," said Charles River Watershed Association Executive Director Robert Zimmerman, Jr.

ENGIE and Holyoke Gas & Electric Announce Construction of a 5.76 MW Mt. Tom Solar Farm in Western Massachusetts. Holyoke residents will benefit from the purchase agreement.

Construction Begins on New Solar Farm in Massachusetts

ENGIE and Holyoke Gas & Electric Announce Construction of a 5.76 MW Mt. Tom Solar Farm in Western Massachusetts. Holyoke residents will benefit from the purchase agreement.

"The plan underscores the importance of implementing the projects in the state water plan. Without those projects in place, Texas will face an 8.9 million acre-foot shortage of water in 2070 in a drought and economic losses of approximately $151 billion by 2070," said Peter Lake, a member of the Texas Water Development Board.

EPA Honors WaterSense 2016 Sustained Excellence Winners

The winners were chosen from nearly 1,700 WaterSense partners that have partnered with EPA to produce and promote water-efficient products, programs, and homes.

The Northside Sewer Relief Tunnel reached depths of 50 to 60 feet below grade.

Large Diameter Rehabilitation in Houston

Wastewater system in Houston gets major upgrade.

Eight new pumps will be in place by mid-October sufficient to protect York if rivers rise to the record levels seen last winter. (UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs photo)

New Pumps Strengthen Foss Barrier's Power Against Floods

UK Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced new state-of-the-art pumps for the York barrier, saying they providing a 66 percent increase in capacity. Major flooding a year ago caused significant damage after the UK Environment Agency raised the barrier to prevent damage to it.

WHO Releases Country Estimates on Air Pollution Exposures

The new WHO air quality model confirms that 92 percent of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits.

BOEM Calls for Strong Protection for Gulf Wildlife from Survey Impacts

The draft evaluates the potential environmental impacts of survey activities on marine mammals, fish, coral, and other environmentally sensitive species in the seabed and water column of the Outer Continental Shelf.

Durham County Atlanta Gets Clean Drinking Water

Durham County Atlanta Gets Clean Drinking Water

After the recent completion of a $2.6 million community well system, residents in Durham County in Atlanta now have clean drinking water.

Unveiled at InnoTrans 2016, the company

Alstom Unveils Zero-Emission Train

Unveiled at InnoTrans 2016, the company's Coradia iLint is a CO2-emission-free regional train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

In a recent USGS study, it was found that Great Lakes tributaries are rife with microplastics, small pieces of plastic that can be harmful to wildlife, the environment, and even humans.

Great Lakes Suffer from Widespread Plastic Pollution

In a recent USGS study, it was found that Great Lakes tributaries are rife with microplastics, small pieces of plastic that can be harmful to wildlife, the environment, and even humans.

CSB Sets Sept. 28 Meeting on Freedom Industries Spill

Two and a half years after a chemical spill from Freedom Industries' Charleston, W.Va., facility, contaminated the public water supply for 300,000 people, the safety board will meet there and is likely to vote on its final report and recommendations.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Lyndsey Slabe eyes cleanup efforts in Bay Long, La., on  Sept. 10, 2016. A unified command of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, and ECM Maritime Services was established Sept. 6 to the spill. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles)

Spill Cleanup Under Way in Louisiana

Repair work on the damaged section of pipeline was under way on Sunday, and by then more than 6,000 gallons of oily water mixture had been recovered, the Coast Guard's District 8 reported.

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