Micro Air Vehicles May Someday Detect Environmental Hazards

Robotic, insect-scale devices may one day monitor and explore hazardous environments, such as collapsed structures, caves and chemical spills.

Workers have to wear protective gear when removing asbestos

The Asbestos Debacle

The health risk and liabilities of this hazardous substance cost too much to ignore; the best approach is to eliminate the problem.

EPA Asks 9 Hydraulic Fracturing Services for Chemical, Process Data

The agency is "drilling down to bedrock" to uncover the impact of the process on drinking water sources.

American Vanguard Files Suit for Relief from EPA Stop Sale Order

The company makes pentachloronitrobenzene, a fungicide used on turf, and was ordered to stop selling the product because it did not identify trace impurities in its confidential statement of formula.

26 Groups Support EPA Right-to-Know Policy for Chemical Hazards

EPA's Lisa Jackson announced the agency's new right-to-know policy in late May.

Chemtura OKs $26M Bankruptcy Settlement for CERCLA Liabilities

The specialty chemicals producer last year filed for bankruptcy and, at that time, was potentially responsible for cleanups at Superfund sites in 14 states.

Tennessee DEC Unveils Tank Helper for UST Owners and Operators

Free, online resource comes complete with training, testing, certification, and customized compliance plan.

Forest fires affect the organic content of soil.

Studies to Investigate Fire Effects, Mercury and Water Links

"We're trying to learn how biochemical molecules that microorganisms produce can attack mercury that is bound to natural organic matter and minerals, and release it back to the water," explained Kathryn Nagy, a University of Illinois professor.

Virginia Tech Team Explores Geometry of Gulf Coast Cleanup

Faculty researchers hope to determine if the shape of crude oil remnant – be it a flat syrupy sheet or a tar ball – can affect natural deterioration rates.

Cheese Maker to Pay $315K for Polluting Creek in Idaho

According to DOJ, the company, which treats wastewater in a facility separate from its cheese-making plant, repeatedly violated its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit over a period of three years, affecting a waterway that flows into the Boise River, a salmon habitat.

Maxima Technologies & Systems Settles Alleged EPCRA Violations

EPA alleges that during 2007 and 2008, the facility processed lead in quantities that exceeded the reporting thresholds for lead and failed to file the required Toxic Release Inventory reports.

Group Wants DOE to Prepare EIS for Proposed Plutonium Facility

The Los Alamos Study Group has sued the government for its alleged failure to follow the National Environmental Policy Act for a planned $4 billion plutonium warhead core plant.

EPA Lays Down Concrete Steps to Address Chemical Risks

The agency has released action plans for benzidine dyes, hexabromocyclododecane and nonylphenol/nonylphenol ethoxylates ─ chemicals used in dyes, flame retardants, and industrial laundry detergents.

Bayer to Discontinue Aldicarb Uses in United States

EPA toxicity data indicates that this pesticide does not meet food safety standards.

United States Amends Complaint on 2006 Explosion at Massachusetts Plant

In addition to recouping $2.7 million in cleanup costs, the complaint includes claims against C.A.I Inc. and Arnel Company, and two related owners of Clean Air Act General Duty Clause violations.

EPA Outlines Six Priorities for International Pollution Control Strategy

These priorities will guide the agency's collaboration with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and other international partners.

Tanco Kansas City Storage Facility Settles Multiple Violations

The company agreed to pay $97,000 for failing to document storage of sulfuric acid and prepare a Facility Response Plan to prevent spills.

Georgia Report: Up to 79% of Deepwater Horizon Oil Still in Gulf

Scientists estimate that most of the oil classified as dispersed, dissolved or residual is still present. The National Incident Command report has been interpreted to suggest that only the “residual” form of oil is still present.

Agency Proposes Requiring More TSCA Chemical Data More Often

Chemical manufacturers would need to provide production volume, facility data, and product uses information under EPA's Inventory Update Reporting Rule.