Environmental Protection

Waste Handling

Delta, Virgin, and Southwest Get Best Recycling Ranking

ResponsibleShopper.org gives out grades on the airline industry's performance and United and US Airways don't pass.

OSWER Sets Recycling Video Town Hall

The second video town hall meeting of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 23.

Tennessee Emory River

22 Electric Utilities Develop Coal Ash Impoundment Action Plans

EPA says many of the electric utilities the agency has assessed are already implementing recommended measures to make their impoundments safer.

EPA, N.Y. Order Tonawanda Coke Corp. to Clean Up Multiple Issues

The foundry coke manufacturer is being investigated for uncontrolled releases of ammonia and benezene, improper handling of coal tar sludge, and unpermitted discharges of its process and nonprocess wastewater.

Researchers Use Fungus to Decompose Plastic Containing BPA

Researchers pretreated polycarbonate with ultraviolet light and heat and exposed it to fungi, which broke down the plastic without releasing bisphenol A.

Asbestos Violations at Newport Naval Station Result in Fines

Goel Services, A.A. Asbestos Abatement and the Naval Station allegedly violated the Clean Air Act and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for asbestos.

EPA to Assess Hazwaste Recycling Rule Impact on Disadvantaged

The agency has scheduled meetings on Jan. 28, Feb. 23, and Feb. 25 to gain input on the draft methodology.

PennFuture, Group File Appeal on Mine Water Treatment Permit

Attorneys say mining company is using less stringent, emergency cleanup standards in a non-emergency situation.

NCPA Report: Nuclear Power Is Safe, Could Answer Energy Mandates

Recycling nuclear fuel would decrease the problem of nuclear waste disposal, the report says.

Nebraska Suit Seeks to Halt Infectious Waste Companies' Merger

The Nebraska lawsuit proposes that Stericycle and MedServe must divest all of MedServe's assets used to collect and treat infectious waste in four states before the merger can go through.

Recycling Facility

The Proper Package for Fluorescent Lamps

Energy-saving fluorescent lamps pose mercury vapor risks when broken and require special packaging for their transport to recycling facilities.

Lithuania Adopts Andra's Radioactive Waste Disposal Concept

Andra signed a commercial contract with Lithuania in the framework of a consortium led by Areva TA.

FPMA Committee Chair Rallies for Florida Cleanup Funds

Florida Petroleum Marketers Association says that more than $200 million from a cleanup trust was swept into the general fund for other programs.

NRC to Webcast Meeting on LowLevel Waste Disposal Problems

The Oct. 7 public meeting will explore how hospitals, universities, and others who use radioactive materials in conducting research are affected by having limited access to low-level waste disposal facilities.

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