Environmental Protection

Environmental Health and Safety

High Levels of Lead Found in Imported Rice

In a meeting at the American Chemical Society, it was revealed that high levels of lead have been found in rice that’s been imported to the U.S. from certain countries. According to their research, baby food contained some of the highest levels of lead.

Help Stop the Nuclear Dump at the Great Lakes

Canadian citizens oppose Ontario Power Generation’s plan to bury radioactive nuclear waste approximately 1,300 feet from Lake Huron.

Tyson Foods to Pay Millions in Clean Air Act Violations

Tyson Food, Inc. will be paying $3.95 million in penalties for Clean Air Act violations at its facilities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

New Environmentally Friendly Chemicals for Oil and Gas Production

By studying new classes of low-dosage hydrate inhibitors, a researcher from the University of Stavanger (UiS) developed new and more environmentally-friendly chemicals that can be used in oil and gas production.

Train Derails, Spills Thousands of Gallons of Oil

A Canadian Pacific train derailed on Wednesday in western Minnesota, spilling approximately 30,000 gallons of oil. A 26,000 gallon tank ruptured and two other tanks were leaking oil as a result of the derailment.

How the Cropping Industry Can Reduce Emissions

The USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS) are providing ways for farmers in the Dakotas and Montana to reduce their emissions by using agricultural practices such as tillage and cropping sequences.

MWH Global Will Acquire Outback Ecology

By combining the Australia-based Outback Ecology with MWH Global, the companies will be able to provide more opportunities to serve mining industry clients across the full lifecycle of energy and natural resources engineering projects.

New President/CEO for GZA Environmental, Inc.

William E. Hadge, P.E. has been named as the new President and CEO of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

President Obama Announces New EPA Administrator Nominee

During a ceremony at the White House today, President Barack Obama announced three cabinet-level nominations, including Gina McCarthy as the new administrator for the EPA.

Wood Treatment Companies Violate Pesticide Laws

Gardner-Fields, Inc. of Tacoma, Washington and IBC Manufacturing Co. of Memphis, Tennessee will be paying fines for violating federal pesticide laws, according to separate settlements announced by the EPA.

Accepting Comments on Voluntary Action Program Changes to Biocriteria Rules

The Ohio EPA plans to modify the biocriteria training and certification requirements for the Voluntary Action Program (VAP) and will hold a public hearing on March 4, 2013 to accept comments.

Energy Camps for Tennessee Teachers Now Accepting Applications

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs are now accepting applications for the 2013 Energy Camps, which provides K-12 teachers with the resources needed to teach students about the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom.

CFL Premium Bulb Eater Wins BOM Top Product Award

Air Cycle’s CFL Premium Bulb Eater has won a Building Operating and Management Top Products award for 2013.

Aconex Smart Manuals Transforms Operation and Maintenance Handover for Capital Projects

The new product suite by Aconex extends online collaboration to full project lifecycle.

Survey Shows Environment is Low on Public Concerns List

According to a newly released international study, it was shown that climate change and the environment is not high on the priority list for people in the U.S. and around the globe.

Sustainable Materials Management Workshop Held in Austin

The EPA, the City of Austin, and the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling are hosting a workshop, Sustainable Materials Management: Bringing Everyone and Everything Together, on Feb. 25 and 26.

Chemical Production in U.S. Continues to Rise

The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.9 percent in December and 0.7 percent in January, with production rising in all major producing regions for the second month in a row, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Nominations

The EPA has announced the nominations for the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies and institutions that can design chemicals or a new product that help protect public health and the environment.

DHL Customers Can Ship ‘Green’ with New Carbon Neutral Envelope

Carbon neutral GOGREEN shipping is now the standard for all Express envelopes, aiming to offset carbon emissions through investment in climate protection projects.

GE Technology for Dust Control in Coal and Mining Operations Effective

Research and testing has verified the effectiveness of GE’s CoalPlus Technology as an inhibitor of spontaneous combustion for coal applications.

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