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.

EPA Enhances Water Contaminant Information Tool

WCIT now includes a compendium of 700 new contaminants with details on more than 212 analytical methods.

EPRI Addresses 7 Myths of CFL Technology

Compact fluorescent lamps can be used in three-way fixtures and with dimmers. They also can last longer than incadescent bulbs when used properly.

15 Facilities Turn in Coal Ash Impoundment Action Plans

EPA is making the plans, which describe how companies are making their impoundments safer, available through its website.

Risk Assessment Conference Slated for Feb. 15-16

EPA will host a conference on advancing the next generation of risk assessment in Washington, D.C.

SOCMA Renews Call for Long-term CFATS

The chemical manufacturers' group is seeking a three- to five-year reauthorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards.

Fungal Growth Standard Provides Go-To Reference for Mold Assessment

ASTM subcommittee is trying to bring consistent, reliable, and accurate sampling to the practice.

Pennsylvania General Energy Co. Fined for Illegal Surfactant Discharge

The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Pennsylvania General Energy Co. $28,960 for the illegal discharge of Airfoam HD, a surfactant, into Pine Creek in Lycoming County last March.

Former Detroit Lead Inspector Sentenced for Fraud

Former city of Detroit Health Department lead inspector Donald Patterson was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison and 24 months of supervised release on wire fraud charges stemming from an EPA investigation.

EPA Submits Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan to Independent Scientists for Review

EPA submitted its draft study plan on hydraulic fracturing for review to the agency’s Science Advisory Board, a group of independent scientists.

A Mattress for Truck Slumber and Mopping Up

Company says hazardous material cleanup can be as simple as putting its mattress under the spill.

SOCMA Supports Congressional Review of TSCA

SOCMA President Sloan suggested that TSCA has been effective and modernizing the law is an action that should be carefully undertaken.

EPA To Develop Regulation for Perchlorate and Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water

EPA will move forward with the development of a regulation for perchlorate to protect Americans from any potential health impacts.

New Treatment Plant to Remove Arsenic, Uranium from Benkelman Water

Baseline Engineering has completed the master planning, design, engineering, funding, and construction documents for a 600-gallons-per-minute water treatment plant.

EPA Disapproves Part of Vt.'s 2002 Water Quality Plan

EPA has disapproved Vermont’s 2002 water quality plan that set phosphorus targets for discharges into Lake Champlain.

Liz Kujawinski, left, and colleague Melissa Kido Soule work on oil dispersant study in WHOI Fourier-Transform Mass Spectrometry Facility. Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Dispersant Study Suggests Prolonged Deepwater Fate

The good news is that the dispersant stayed in the deep ocean after it was first applied; the bad news is that it stayed in the deep ocean and did not degrade.

Railroad Administration Sets Meeting on Exempted Hazmat Transport

The Feb. 22 public meeting in Washington, D.C., is part of the Federal Railroad Administration’s review of its steadily increasing approvals for the movement of damaged packages or leaking tank cars that are not in compliance with hazardous materials regulations.

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Biological Diversity, PAN Sue EPA to Protect Species from Pesticides

The Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network claim that the agency has failed to properly protect more than 200 endangered and threatened species from harmful pesticides.

Defense Department Seeks Technology Demonstration Proposals

The agency has funding available to support demonstration; pre-proposals are due by March 8.

Natural Dissolved Organic Matter Plays Dual Role in Mercury Cycling

Compounds from the decay of organic matter in aquatic settings affect mercury cycling, according to a paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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