Environmental Protection

Waste Handling

EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

EPA has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming.

Huge Wal-Mart CWA Settlement Announced

"As one of the largest retailers in the United States, Wal-Mart is responsible not only for the stock on its shelves, but also for the significant amount of hazardous materials that result from damaged products returned by customers," said Melinda Haag, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.

People in India, Indonesia, and Philippines Affected by Toxic Waste Sites

A Mount Sinai researcher has found that the health of people living near toxic waste sites in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines are directly affected, causing them to miss out on healthy years of life.

N.S. Industrial & Design makes the Revolution 360™ waste and recycling receptacles.

Vermont Schools Agency Selects Ergonomic Receptacles

N.S. Industrial & Design's Revolution 360™ series receptacles eliminate bag liner overlap, according to the company.

California Posts 'Discussion Draft' Fracking Regs

The state's Department of Conservation says the draft does not begin a formal rulemaking process. It would require "rigorous" testing before, during, and after fracking operations that exceed what other states have implemented.

Company to Pay Fines for Hazardous Waste Violations

A door hardware company in New Haven, Conn. will pay $39,075 in fines for violating state and federal hazardous waste laws.

Landfill Management Event Shares Success Story

During the Dec. 7 SWANA online presentation, Allison Tyldesley, landfill technician at the Halton Waste Management Site in Ontario, Canada, will explain the actions that will keep it open until at least 2040.

MRSA Found in US Wastewater Treatment Plants

A team of researchers led at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that the superbug MRSA is prevalent in several wastewater treatment plants across the U.S.

Illegal Dumping Caught by Surveillance Cameras in Massachusetts

The installation of hidden cameras by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) captured several perpetrators in the act of illegal dumping in high-risk areas.

Settlement Resolves Mercury Waste Case

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has agreed to pay a $68,475 civil penalty and to spend at least $300,000 to build a state-of-the art hazardous waste storage facility.

Waste Connections Buying R360 Environmental Solutions for $1.3 Billion

Both are headquartered in Texas. R360 is a leading provider of non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery, and disposal services.

British Waste Industry Warned on Safety

Seven workers and two members of the public have died since June 2012, most when they were struck by moving equipment, the British safety agency reports.

EPA and LA Water Board Set Strict New Pollution Reduction Plans for 175 Waterways in Los Angeles Area

Action Culminates 13 Year Effort, Eliminating Beach Closures, Reducing Trash and Toxic Chemicals in Waters

Plans for Guam Wildlife Habitat Project Move Forward

After 25 years, former waste dump converted to endangered wildlife habitat in Guam.

Marines Test New Energy Efficient Weapon in the War on Trash

Marines at Camp Smith, Hawaii, are testing a high-tech trash disposal system that can reduce a standard 50-gallon bag of waste to a half-pint jar of harmless ash.

RFID Could Bring More-Realistic Pricing to Garbage Collection

Because costs of trash collection have increased significantly while landfill space diminishes, radio frequency identification (RFID) holds the potential to dramatically reduce the volume of trash and increase the amount of materials being recycled.

Portland, Maine, Facility faces EPA Sanction for Unsafe Storage of Hazardous Chemicals

A chemical manufacturing and distribution facility in South Portland, Maine, faces an EPA fine of up to $151,900 for improper storage of hazardous materials, in violation of federal and state laws.

Waste Facility Agrees to $1.7M Settlement for Alleged Hazardous Waste Violations

In a settlement valued at more than $1.7 million, Clean Harbors of Braintree Inc. has agreed to pay a significant penalty and perform additional projects, to settle a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of EPA, regarding numerous violations of hazardous waste management and emergency planning laws at the company’s Braintree, Mass., facility.

Water Information Solution Keeps Food Company Cool as a Cucumber

Since Mt. Olive Pickle Company began analyzing its wastewater data electronically, it's seen a host of benefits. The solution saves time, allows better communication and even enables the company to file required reports with the state electronically.

DOE Panel: Let Communities Volunteer to Host Waste Facilities

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future also says currently available revenues are sufficient and a new, non-DOE nuclear waste management program should be established.

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