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.

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.

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.

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.

radiation monitor

Monitors Confirm No Radiation Levels of Concern Have Reached U.S.

A national radiation lab is analyzing a sampling filter containing minuscule levels of an isotope from Hawaii consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident but still below levels of concern, EPA said.

Des Moines, Iowa Building Owner Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes

The case stems from a renovation project in which the owner permitted workers to remove asbestos without using work practice standards, which is a violation of the Clean Air Act.

Online Shoppers Beware of Illegal Pesticide Sales

Fast Ant Bait contains mirex and can cause liver, skin, reproductive, and nerve damage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA Updates Air Toxics' Assessment with 2005 Data

The assessment shows that between 1990 and 2005, air toxic emissions were reduced by about 42 percent from industrial and mobile sources.

Auto Body Repair Shop Sues Kinder Morgan for Soil Contamination

Lawyers for the plaintiffs are seeking cleanup of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes on property that formerly provided petroleum storage in above-ground tanks, most recently by Kinder Morgan.

American kestrel

Raptors at Higher Risk of Poisoning from Diphacinone, Study Says

Restrictions on other rodenticides may increase the use of diphacinone, which researchers report will harm birds feeding on the poisoned pests.

Tox21 robot to speed up chemical screening.

Automation Meets Toxicity Testing with High-speed Robot

Federal agencies, having merged their resources under the umbrella of Tox21, expect the new robot to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity in much less time than it would take humans to do the work.

Texas Ground Water Site Added to List of Superfund Sites

The Environmental Protection Agency has added the West County Road 112 Ground Water site near Midland, Texas, to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.

Sandia Lab Helps UAE Set Up Nuclear Energy Safety Institute

Over the last three years, the federal laboratory has been developing a program to ensure that local professionals in the United Arab Emirates will be trained in safety and security concepts related to nuclear energy programs.

SOCMA Welcomes Extension of Chemical Security Rules

Newly introduced Continuing Chemical Facilities Antiterrorism Security Act does not include a requirement for inherently safer technologies.

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