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Good Compost Neighbor Uses Robust Odor Control

One company minimizes odors from the start by quickly processing organic materials into the composting cell and employing covered aerated static pile technology.

Air Products to Pay $1.5M for Transferring Spent Acid to Agrifos

EPA's enforcement of mining and minerals processing "leaked" over to chemical manufacturing because the company shipped spent acid to a facility not authorized to accept it.

Company Must Remove PCB-contaminated Materials from GM Superfund Site

Before the Motors Liquidation Company can demolish several buildings at the Massena, N.Y., site, it must decontaminate the buildings and their contents and sample and remove contaminated soil.

Fewer Worker Deaths in Solid Waste Industry, DOL Says

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports that 19 solid waste collection workers died on the job in 2009, down from 31 fatalities in 2008.

'Free' Fertilizer May be Adding Arsenic to Field Runoff

Agricultural Research Service scientists have linked arsenic levels in stormwater runoff on Delmarva Peninsula to chicken litter storage and use.

Maxima Technologies & Systems Settles Alleged EPCRA Violations

EPA alleges that during 2007 and 2008, the facility processed lead in quantities that exceeded the reporting thresholds for lead and failed to file the required Toxic Release Inventory reports.

GE dredges Hudson River for PCB in 2009

Panel Says Hudson Dredging Performance Standards Cannot be Met

After the independent panel issues its final report, GE and EPA will be discussing possible modification of Phase 2 dredging of PCBs in the river.

Republic Services, RecycleBank to Deploy Reward Program

The agreement has set a 1-million home goal for increasing curbside recycling levels.



APWA, SWANA Co-locate Annual Conferences in Boston

American Public Works Association and Solid Waste Association of North America cooperate by holding conferences in same city.

Allied Waste to pick up and recycle trash from Boy Scout Jamboree

Allied Prepares to Collect Estimated 900 Tons of Boy Scouts' Trash

Boy Scouts are gathered in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., for their annual Jamboree, where Allied Waste has placed 450 trash and recycling bins to manage the cleanup.

EPA Solicits Ideas for Enbridge Oil Spill

The agency has a website to answer questions about what technical solutions would be most useful to reviewing officials.

Idaho Lab Cleanup Contract Gives Stimulus to Small Businesses

North Wind Services and TerranearPMC received recovery funding in the amounts of $14 million and $2 million, respectively, to manage construction and cleanup at Idaho National Laboratory.

Offshore Vessels Pleads Guilty to Dumping Oil on High Seas

The company will pay $2.1 million in penalties for discharging oily wastewater from the bilge tank of the R/V Laurence M. Gould in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

Clean Harbors Will Incinerate Unused H1N1 Vaccine

The company is offering the service to health care providers because multiple doses of the vaccine contain enough mercury-based Thimerosal to be treated as a hazardous waste.

Safer Siting Could Have Lessened Damage at Veolia Facility

The Chemical Safety Board completed its report on the 2009 explosion at Veolia ES Technical Solutions' plant in Ohio and recommended the Center for Chemical Process Safety revise control room siting guidelines.

Ukraine Milk Company Powered by 4,000 Cows and Biogas Engine

A green tariff will allow the company to sell its power to the grid.

Oil Decontamination System Ready to Clean Watercraft, Vehicles

Hydro Engineering's portable, modular wash rack collects wastewater and oil.

EPA Region 5 Awards Education Grants

The $190,000 in grants will be used to further education and training for sustainable gardening, hazardous household waste disposal, carbon sequestration, and watershed protection.

Turman Commercial Painters Use Water Purification to Filter Wash Water

The painting company has invested in a system that turns sludgy, paint-wash residue into clear water and harmless solids.

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