Hazmat


Cleanup Begins at Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal Superfund Site in N.Y.

EPA will begin to excavate contaminated soil on the Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal Superfund site in Ellenville, N.Y., and move it to the landfill on the property.

Studies Estimate Cost of Environmental Disease in Children at $76.6B Per Year

In three new studies published in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs, Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers reveal the staggering economic impact of toxic chemicals and air pollutants in the environment, and propose new legislation to mandate testing of new chemicals and also those already on the market.

Hazardous Waste on Your Living Room Floor

Carpet pads commonly sold to consumers in the United States and other developed countries contain dangerous chemicals that can cause nervous system damage, particularly in infants and toddlers.

EPA Proposes Stronger Air Toxic Emissions Standards for Polyvinyl Chloride Production Facilities

EPA has proposed stronger standards that require facilities that produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to reduce emissions of harmful toxics, improving air quality and protecting people’s health in communities where these facilities are located.

EPA Releases MDI, TDI Action Plans to Protect Consumers

Do-it-yourselfers may be exposed to methylene diphenyl diisocyanate and toluene diisocyanate from spray foam insulation or sealing concrete applications.

The military began substituting tungsten (left) for lead cores in bullets after 1999.

Tungsten May Not be Best Material for 'Green' Bullets

Researchers added small amounts of tungsten to the drinking water of laboratory mice and found that the material concentrated in their spleen and bones.

EPA Goes Paperless on New Chemical Notices

Companies now must submit notices using electronic PMN software either on optical disk or via EPA’s Central Data Exchange.

Oregon Fines Two Companies for Asbestos Mishandling

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has placed penalties on Cascade Paving and Oregon Employees Federal Credit Union for improper removal of asbestos from the demolition of a 90-year-old house in Salem.



EU Agency Releases Chemical Safety Assessment Tool

The European Chemicals Agency made the 1.1.3 version of Chesar available as a free download on April 6. It allows registrants to create full Chemical Safety Reports.

Alliance Launches Traumatic Event Clean-up Division

The California-based company is specializing in helping victims reclaim their properties after exposure to bio, toxic, crime scene, or hazardous waste.

New York No Longer Tolerates Lead Wheel Weights

Those who violate the ban can face stiff penalties, including fines up to $1,000 per violation and an additional $1,000 per day the violation occurs.

Iodine-131 Levels Still Below Levels of Concern

EPA and USDA are monitoring food, rain, and potable water for levels of radioactivity that may have drifted to the United States from Japan.

A worker collects samples using a push core sampler.

EPA Plans Confined Aquatic Disposal Cell for New Bedford Harbor Cleanup

The agency expects this strategy will save money and speed up PCB remediation effort that has been going on for 29 years.

Two members of the 92nd Civil Support Team take a sample of a simulated hazardous substance during training in 2005. The Nevada National Guard was called to assist Las Vegas Metro Police in 2008, with ricin. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka

Bleach Is Best for Detoxifying Ricin, FDA Study Shows

Bleach significantly reduced the toxicity of ricin within five minutes, noted Lauren Jackson, a research food technologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Summit-Argo, Ill.

Asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer and other types of serious lung disease in workers when inhaled.

NIOSH Issues Asbestos Roadmap, Recommends More Research

"The NIOSH roadmap outlines a strategic framework for designing, conducting, and applying the research that will best serve the need to address persistent scientific uncertainties about occupational health and elongate mineral particles," said Director Dr. John Howard.

EPA Takes Soil Samples at Barstow Residence

The agency is working with the city and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to determine the amount of perchlorate at the site.

Window Company to Pay Fine for Lead Notification Violations

EPA said Permanent Siding and Windows, a contractor specializing in spray-on vinyl siding and replacing windows and doors, failed to provide the lead hazard information pamphlet to at least 17 owners or occupants before the company began renovation activities.

OHS Magazine to Host Twitter Conversation on Japanese Nuclear Disaster

Everyone is invited to join in the discussion on Tuesday at Occupational Health & Safety magazine's twitter page.

California Automakers, Environmentalists Partner to Clean Up State Waters

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Sustainable Conservation win 2011 Pat Brown Award for removing copper from car brake pads and protecting salmon and aquatic life.

Mercury can be recycled.

Allied Environmental Offers Mercury Recycling Program in Ohio

The Lima, Ohio, company will collect mercury and mercury-containing devices, following discontinuation of a similar program by Bowling Green State University.