Stanford Students Design Recyclable Laptop with Autodesk Inventor Software

Modular computer simplifies electronics recycling, reduces e-waste and disassembles in two minutes.

Company Offers Warranty-backed Option for Fix Chinese Drywall

National Construction Warranty Corporation says options could reduce the cost of restoring homes affected by corrosive drywall by 50 to 70 percent.

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.

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 Seeks Small Businesses Input on Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known eye, nose, and throat irritant, and in 1991, EPA classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen. Formaldehyde-based resins are sometimes used as adhesives in composite wood products.

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 With the proposal of nine new sites and one site being withdrawn from proposal, there are 62 proposed sites awaiting final agency action: 57 in the general Superfund section and five in the federal facilities section.

N.Y. Firm, Supervisors Found Guilty of Falsifying Asbestos Cleanup Reports

Certified Environmental Services, Nicole Copeland, Elisa Dunn and Sandy Allen conspired to aid and abet Clean Air Act violations related to falsifying lab results to prove that asbestos removal was done properly.

NARI Supports National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of lead exposure by observing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week on October 24-30, 2010.

Testing Opens Door for DeconGel Use at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

The Savannah River National Laboratory used the product in a headspace simulation test of disposal of a decontamination agent in a waste package after a predetermined drying and packaging time.

Study Claims Human Activities Overload Ecosystems with Nitrogen

Resulting ecological damage is serious, but could be reduced by wider use of more sustainable, time-honored practices.

Bacteria May Remove Steroid Used in Tilapia Fish Farming from Water

Methyltestosterone is used in aquaculture to produce male tilapia because they grow faster; Pseudomonas fluorescens and Bacillus ceresus may help remove the steroid from the water.

Some SPCC Facilities Get 1-Year Break on Deadline

Offshore drilling, production, workover, and certain onshore facilities are not eligible for the extension.

Mercury Emissions Cuts Proposed for Sewage Sludge Incinerators

The proposed rules apply to both multiple hearth and fluidized bed incinerators.

Soy-based Glue May Make a Friendlier Wood Adhesive

A U.S. Department of Agriculture study has developed a formaldehyde-free glue for wood applications.

Cali Resources Lowers Recycling Costs with Zylog Tracking Software

Advanced tracking software and ISO standard procedures improve performance and provide assurance for responsible recycling.

EPA and ExxonMobil Settle Case for Closure of Illegal Acid Waste Impoundments

EPA and ExxonMobil agreed to settle a case involving more than one billion gallons of illegally stored hazardous waste at the Agrifos Fertilizer site in Pasadena, Texas.

Murphy Oil Settles CAA Violations at Louisiana, Wisconsin Refineries

The company will pay a $1.25 million civil penalty, upgrade pollution control technologies, and install covers on two wastewater tanks as a supplemental environmental project.

Edison anniversary coin

Commentary: A Bright Idea that Burned Out

The Lamp Section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association clearly wants to move forward on energy efficiency but is complaining that new legislation will make that more difficult.

Heinz Awards Recognize 10 for Work on Climate Change, Human Impacts

Photographing glaciers, valuing natural ecosystems, and establishing a seed vault are a few of the innovations created by this year's Heinz Family Foundation awardees.

San Diego first responders last year participated in an emergency response scenario exercise.

Training for Disasters

The Alliance for Hazardous Materials Professionals uses emergency response scenarios to train members on the protocols for life-threatening situations.