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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.

DOE Awards Transportation Emergency Training Contract to TRG

TRG provides training and technical support to federal, state, tribal, and local authorities to prepare to respond to a transportation incident or accidents involving DOE shipments of radiological material.

TTI Study Finds Arsenic and Lead in Imported Glass Beads

The American Glass Bead Manufacturers' Association, which sponsored the study, is urging states and the U.S. government to limit heavy metal levels in glass beads used for highway markings.

LA Man Pleads Guilty to Asbestos Work Practice Conspiracy

John Bostick apparently knew the building's ceiling contained asbestos but failed to tell workers, who were not trained in correct work practice techniques.

Saugus, Mass., Manufacturer to Pay Fine for Notification Violations

Lamb & RItchie Co. will pay a $32,000 fine to settle a complaint that the company failed to file a Toxic Chemical Release Inventory form for lead compounds.

New right-to-know application was developed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Right-to-Know App Identifies Toxic Neighbors

This application was designed by Abt Associates for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Supermarket Chain Faces Penalty for Nondisclosure

DeMoulas Super Markets failed to submit a material safety data sheet for Genetron 22, or a list of chemicals including Genetron 22, to the state emergency response commission, local emergency planning committee, and the local fire department with jurisdiction over the facility.

March 11 Meeting to Finalize National Conversation Action Agenda

The public meeting in Washington, D.C., will wrap up this phase of the project to strengthen the nation's approach to protecting the public's health from harmful chemical exposures.

A tomcod from the Hudson River

Genetic Mutation Allows Hudson River Tomcod to Adapt to PCBs

Slight alterations in a gene encoding a protein known to regulate PCB's toxic effects were found in the fish.

Renovation Construction Manager Pleads Guilty to Asbestos Crimes

Russell Coco faces one year in prison and could be fined up to $250,000; a trial for Bob Knapp, the building owner, is set for Feb. 28.

EPA Awards $5.5M to 3 Consortia to Support Nanotechnology Research

In collaboration with the United Kingdom, the agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are pooling funds to determine whether health risks exist in products using nanotechnology.